Tulane Bangs UNO At Zephyr, 10-2

Tim Guidry rips three-run double to spark a six-run fourth; Mark Hamilton goes 3-for-4 with a home run

METAIRIE, La.–Junior designated hitter Tim Guidry sparked a six-run fourth with a three-run double and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a home run as the Tulane University baseball team defeated cross-town foe UNO, 10-2, in game one of the WOW Cafe & Wingery Cup Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.

Redshirt-freshman right hander Stephen Porlier (2-0) gave the Green Wave five solid innings in a scheduled start, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out a pair, and the bullpen gave up just three hits while striking out eight over the final four scoreless frames.

With the victory, Tulane runs its winning streak against Louisiana opponents to 13 straight to improve 7-1 on the year. The loss snapped a four-game streak for the Privateers as UNO falls to 4-4.

"We pitched really well today, bunched some hits together and had some quality at-bats," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Timmy had a really good at-bat, and I think we relaxed at the plate after that. It was good to see (Nathan) Southard and Hammy (Hamilton) start swinging the bat, and Jonny Weiss had a good day once again."

Hamilton was one of five Tulane players to post multiple-hit outings as senior centerfielder Nathan Southard, sophomore third baseman Jonny Weiss, redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden and senior outfielder Matt Riser had two hits each.

No hit, however, was bigger than Guidry's bases-loaded double to left with nobody out in the top of the fourth. Hamilton started the frame with his second single of the day while Weiss and McFadden drew back-to-back walks to set up Guidry's clutch two-bagger.

Riser followed Guidry to the plate and was hit by a pitch before rookie catcher Max Kwan laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the pair into scoring position, and Southard delivered a two-run single to shallow right field to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Southard stole second base, and scored on a heads-up play from 180 feet away on a groundout to short off the bat of sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus.

The Privateers got on the board in the home half of the inning when left fielder Jason Schwab ripped a leadoff triple to right central and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of right fielder Michael Epping, but Tulane plated a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI-single by McFadden and a run-scoring groundout by Riser.

UNO put the pressure on Porlier in the bottom of the frame, though, as shortstop Matt Lesyk, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and Schwab hit consecutive singles – Schwab's single plating Lesyk from second – but the native of Sugar Land, Texas, got out of the inning with a routine fly ball to second, and the bullpen blanked the Privateers the rest of the way.

While the relievers kept UNO in check, Tulane got a run in the eighth courtesy of Hamilton's solo home run to right, and McFadden closed out the scoring in the ninth when he hit a leadoff double, advance to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Privateer bullpen arm Matt Campbell.

Sophomore Trey Martin, a transfer from Georgetown Univesity, pitched two scoreless innings, scattering a pair of singles with three strikeouts and a walk, while redshirt freshmen Peter Connick and Jonathan Garrett combined to strikeout the side in the eighth.

Junior closer Daniel Latham struck out the first two men he faced in the ninth before Giavotella dropped a single into shallow left, but bounced back to get Schwab to pop up to reserve first baseman Robbie Whitman to clinch the victory.

UNO starter Anthony Masson (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up five hits on four hits through three and a third innings, and the Green Wave scored at least one run off of four of the five relievers UNO sent to the mound.

Tulane returns to action on Friday, Feb. 24, when the Green Wave open a three-game weekend vs. No. 9 Pepperdine at 6:30 p.m. at "The Shrine on Airline." For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The on-campus ticket office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket office at Zephyr Field is located on the third base side, and opens two hours before every game for all Tulane home games. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.


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