Wave Drops Finale To Rice, 9-2

Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, April 4, when the Green Wave battle cross-town foe UNO in game three of the WOW Café & Wingery Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. While the game is being played on the Green Wave's home field for 2006, the game is technically a home game for the Privateers.

Metairie, La. – Owls first baseman Joe Savery was supposed to make a start on the mound, but instead did his damage at the plate as the 2005 National Freshman of the Year went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 9-2 decision in the series finale vs. Conference USA foe Rice Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.

Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden went 2-for-3, including a two-RBI single in the first to give the Green Wave a 2-1 lead, but Tulane tallied just one hit the rest of the way as Owl relievers Bobby Bramhall, Bobby Bell and Cole St. Clair combined for six strikeouts over the final eight and a third shutout innings. Rice, meanwhile, pounded a series-best 10 hits, scoring single runs in the first and third through seventh innings, and hung a three-spot in the eighth to account for the final score.

Combined with 3-1 and 3-2 losses in the first two games of the series, the Green Wave dropped all three contests in a conference weekend since March 22-24, 2004 when Houston broke out the brooms against the Green Wave at Cougar Field. It also marked the first sweep of the Green Wave at home since Feb. 28-March 2, 1997, when Indiana accomplished the feat at Turchin Stadium.

With the loss, Tulane falls to 18-12 overall and 2-4 in C-USA action. Rice, meanwhile, improves to 24-8 in 2006 and into a tie for the league lead at 5-1.

Rice jumped out to the early lead as centerfielder Tyler Henly walked to open the game, went to third on a single by second baseman Greg Buchanan and scored on a double-play, but senior left fielder Matt Riser sparked a two-run home half of the first with a leadoff double. Sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus followed with a walk, and after a sacrifice bunt by senior centerfielder Nathan Southard, McFadden drove the pair home with a base hit up the middle to give Tulane a 2-1 advantage.

The lead did not last long, however, as Henley opened the third with a leadoff triple to right before Buchanan lifted a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game. One inning later, Rice took the lead for good as right fielder Chad Lembeck was plunked with one out, stole second and third, and touched the paystation on an RBI single by shortstop Brian Friday.

Savery made his first hit of the day count with a leadoff homer to dead center in the fifth, catcher Travis Reagan's sacrifice fly in the sixth stretched the lead to three in the sixth, and Savery posted his second RBI of the day with a run-scoring single up the middle in the seventh to make it a 6-2 affair.

The Owls put the game away in the eight when Reagan drove in Friday with an RBI single up the middle and Henley ripped a two-run shot over the fence in centerfield to account for the game's final runs.

Tulane starter Stephen Porlier (4-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and a quartet of walks through 3-and-two-thirds innings, and the Owls also hung three runs each on relievers Trey Martin and Blake Walker.

Rice's starter, Will McDaniel, did not fare much better then Porlier, allowing a pair of runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. The difference in the ballgame was the Owls' bullpen which allowed just one hit – a one-out single by McFadden in the third – over the final eight frames.

Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, April 4, when the Green Wave battle cross-town foe UNO in game three of the WOW Café & Wingery Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. While the game is being played on the Green Wave's home field for 2006, the game is technically a home game for the Privateers.

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