Green Wave Closes Season With 5-1 Victory Over TCU

Tulane returns to action on Wednesday, May 25, when the Green Wave open play in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament at 12:30 p.m. against eighth-seeded UAB at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss. The tournament runs through Sunday, with the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m., and the winner of that contest earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–In his final regular-season appearance in Turchin Stadium, fifth-year senior Scott Madden had the type of game every player hopes for on Senior Day.

After receiving his master's degree in finance from Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen prior to the start of the game, Madden went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI as the top-ranked Green Wave defeated Conference USA foe TCU, 5-1, Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams.

While Madden was getting the job done at the plate, junior right-hander Micah Owings dealt from the mound with nine strikeouts in a seven-inning start. Owings limited the Horned Frogs to one run on five hits while issuing two walks and hitting one batter to improve to 8-4 in 2005. Freshman reliever Sean Morgan took over in the eighth and struck out three in a pair of scoreless innings to put the stamp on the Tulane victory.

"I was really proud of our effort today," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "After clinching yesterday and getting pitched to the way we did last night, you never know how a club's going to respond. I thought our kids came out today against an outstanding TCU club as hungry as they've ever been."

With the win, Green Wave improve to 47-9 overall and 24-6 in C-USA play. Tulane's overall record ties the school mark set by the 2001 squad, which advanced all the way to the College World Series. The conference record, meanwhile, is the second best in league history, falling one game shy of the 25-5 record set by East Carolina last season. TCU, meanwhile, dropped its first C-USA series of the season to fall to 37-18 on the year and 20-10 in C-USA action.

Madden and Owings may have been the bright spots in another solid performance by the Green Wave, but it was senior catcher Greg Dini who posted the biggest blow of the day. With two on and two out in the fifth, Dini turned on a 1-1 offering from TCU starter Brad Furnish and ripped a two-RBI double to left that fell over the outstretched arm of Horned Frogs' outfielder Austin Adams to break a 1-1 tie and give the Green Wave a two-run lead it would not relinquish.

Furnish, who gave up four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, was tagged with the loss to fall to 5-5. Chad Underwood, the first TCU reliever, gave up an unearned run on three hits in two innings of work, and Shawn Ferguson was perfect in 1.1 frames.

Following a three-up, three-down top of the first, junior centerfielder Nathan Southard got things going for the Green Wave with a bloop double in the bottom of the frame, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a hot shot past third off the bat of junior right fielder Brian Bogusevic.

Both teams squandered bases-loaded opportunities over the next two innings, but the Horned Frogs tied things up in the fourth when Adams drew a one-our walk and catcher Andrew Walker came through with a two-out, RBI-single through the right side of the infield.

The game did not remain tied for long as freshman third baseman Brad Emaus got Tulane going in the home half of the fifth inning with a single off Furnish's glove to lead off the frame. It appeared that senior shortstop Tommy Manzella would give the Green Wave the lead with a fly ball to deep left, but Adams went up and over the wall to rob Manzella of a would-be home run.

Bogusevic walked in the ensuing plate appearance, and following a strikeout by Furnish, Dini came through with the clutch, two-RBI double to score Emaus from second and Bogusevic all the way from first. Dini's double chased Furnish from the game, but Madden greeted Underwood rudely with a single under the glove of TCU shortstop Stuart Musslewhite to make it a 4-1 ballgame.

The score remained a three-run affair until the seventh when Owings singled through the left side of the infield, Dini hit a dribbler to second that TCU middle infielder Chad Huffman could not field cleanly, and Madden came through with a sacrifice fly to center to account for the final score.

Tulane returns to action on Wednesday, May 25, when the Green Wave open play in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament at 12:30 p.m. against eighth-seeded UAB at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss. The tournament runs through Sunday, with the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m., and the winner of that contest earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.


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