Green Wave Handles Penn State, 9-4

Gomes fans five in 6-inning start; Emaus and McFadden combine for six RBI in the win

METAIRIE, La.–Junior right-hander Brandon Gomes struck out five in a 6-inning start and the combination of sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus and redshirt-freshman outfielder Warren McFadden combined for six RBI as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Penn State, 9-4, Friday evening at Zephyr Field before a crowd of 2,714.

Emaus sparked the Green Wave offense with a sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run homer in the third, and McFadden posted the first multiple-hit and multiple RBI game of his young career with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and three RBI.

"Brandon did a nice job again for us tonight," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "I thought we really pitched well and played good defense. I thought we took advantage of what they gave us. Brad Emaus took a low-outside pitch and drove it over the wall, and it was good to Warren McFadden show us some of the positives we saw of him during the fall."

With the win, Tulane runs its winning streak to four games to improve to 4-1 on the year. Penn State, which opened its 2006 season on Friday, falls to 0-1. The two teams will go at it again on Saturday at 2 p.m. and close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon.

Gomes (0-1), who has not allowed a walk now in 12.1 frames to open the season, scattered 10 hits on the night but gave up just a pair of runs to pick up his first win of 2006.

Emaus put Tulane on the board with his sac fly in the first, but the Nittany Lions answered with a run of their own in the top of the second when shortstop Scott Gaffney ripped an RBI single to tie the game at 1-all. One inning later, Emaus sparked a five-run frame with a two-run bomb to left field while junior third baseman Tim Guidry added an RBI single and McFadden drove in a pair with his first double of the day.

Penn State added a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI base hit by left fielder Lance Thompson, and had Gomes on the ropes with bases loaded and only one out in the fifth. Gomes got a shallow fly ball to center for out No. 2, and induced a can-of-corn to left to escape the inning unscathed.

In the bottom of the fifth, Tulane got a gift run on back-to-back balks by Penn State reliever Aaron Markowitz, and McFadden made it an 8-2 affair with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

Redshirt-freshman Jonathan Garrett, who missed all of 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, made his first collegiate appearance to start the seventh. Penn State greeted him rudely with a single and a double to open the frame, but Garrett settled down to allow just two hits and a walk over the final two and a third innings.

The Green Wave offense, meanwhile, added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double off the bat of senior centerfielder Nathan Southard, and senior reliever Blake Walker came on with two away in the ninth and got Nittany Lion right fielder Brian Ernst to pop up to short to close out the game.

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