METAIRIE, La.–Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI, and redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden went 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs driven in, as the Tulane University baseball team completed a weekend sweep of Stephen F. Austin with a 7-3 win Sunday evening at Zephyr Field.
McFadden extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games with a
two-run homer in the first. He also sparked a five-run fifth with a
two-run, bases-loaded single to erase a 3-2 deficit. The weekend sweep
was the first by the Green Wave since Feb. 17-19 when Tulane took all
three games from Penn State. With the win, Tulane runs its winning
streak to five games and improves to 27-15 on the year. Stephen F. Austin, meanwhile, falls to 8-36.
"We had 11 hits and played really well defensively," Tulane head coach
Rick Jones said. "Billy (Mohl) came back from a bit of a rough start and
got us through the fifth. (Trey) Martin and (Daniel) Latham also
pitched well out of the bullpen. In the fifth, we did a good job of putting on
the pressure, got a bunt down and strung together three straight hits.
It was a good way to cap off the weekend."
The first five runs of the ballgame all came via the long ball as
Lumberjack right fielder David Jeans opened the game with a leadoff bomb
to left. McFadden put Tulane ahead 2-1 with a two-run shot that bounced
off the top of the wall in left central in the second, but Stephen F.
Austin catcher Steven Hill put the Lumberjacks back on top with a
two-run bomb in the third to make it 3-2.
Following a scoreless fourth, Tulane got things going as junior catcher
Ty Wallace opened the fifth with a single, and sophomore Scott Powell
came on to pinch run for Wallace. Senior left fielder Matt Riser followed by laying down a bunt to third, but SFA third baseman Jason Wilson threw a one-hopper to second that nailed shortstop Clay Britton in the forehead
and both runners were safe.
Lumberjack starter Erich Lehmann plunked sophomore shortstop Cat Everett
to load the bases, and McFadden came through with a two-run single to
left center to give Tulane a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish. After a
strikeout for the first out of the inning, Southard ripped an RBI-double
to down the third-base line, sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus lifted
a sacrifice fly to left, and rookie third baseman Seth Henry roped an
RBI-single through the left side of the infield to cap a five-run frame.
The four-run lead was more than enough for the Green Wave as senior
starter Billy Mohl struck out four while allowing three runs on five
hits through 5.0 innings to improve to 6-0 on the year. After Hill's
homer in the third, Mohl allowed just one single over the next two and
two third innings. Sophomore right-hander Trey Martin gave up just a
single over the next two innings, and junior closer Daniel Latham tossed
a pair of perfect frames to seal the sweep.
The game was a bit unusual for the Green Wave as the series finale did
not start until 7 p.m. due to a New Orleans Zephyrs' game earlier in the
day and the Lumberjacks are not a member of Conference USA. Due to C-USA's
nine-team format, one team has an off week from conference play, and the
Green Wave made it worthwhile with 9-1 and 7-1 victories in the previous two days.
"Having to play out of conference games in April is something that is
not in our control, and it's hard to find teams that have an off week
from conference play this late in the year," Jones said. "Stephen F.
Austin is the school we were able to find, and even though they are a
first-year program, they have a talented group of young players, and
they pushed us hard all weekend.
Lehmann (5-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs (four
earned) on eight hits while striking out three and walking one. The
combination of Erik Gregersen, Russ Fornean and Vincent Wade combined to
allow three hits and a walk, but the trio was able to keep Tulane off
the board following the fifth.
The Green Wave close out a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, April 25,
when they take on Northwestern State at 7 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For
ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at
504-861-WAVE. The Ticket Office has recently returned to its usual
location on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center. Tickets
can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or
Tulane Sweeps S. F. Austin, 7-3
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