Tulane Defeats ECU, 6-4, Takes Series

Tulane out-hit the Pirates, 14-10, but none was bigger than Hamilton's bomb in the fifth which accounted for the margin of victory. Freshman third baseman Seth Henry hit his first home run of the year – a solo shot in the third – and the Green Wave have now hit two home runs in each of the last four ballgames

GREENVILLE, N.C.–Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, and junior reliever Daniel Latham posted his ninth save of the year as the Tulane University baseball team took the rubber match of a Conference USA series at East Carolina, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Tulane out-hit the Pirates, 14-10, but none was bigger than Hamilton's bomb in the fifth which accounted for the margin of victory.

The Green Wave led 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Pirates put the first two men on, and scored a run on a sacrifice fly to make it a two-run game.

Latham got the final out on a routine fly ball to center and the Tulane celebration was on.

The Green Wave – who saw their seven-game winning streak snapped in yesterday's 13-3 loss –have now won 10 of their last 12 games to improve to 30-16 overall and 7-8 in C-USA action. East Carolina, meanwhile, falls to 28-17 on the year and 7-8 in league play.

Latham's save was his ninth of the season and gives him 28 for his career, tying the Tulane career record along with Joey Charron (2001-04). Latham is now just two off the Conference USA career saves record of 30 set by USF's Joey Livingston from 2001-04.

Tulane's 4-8 hitters all had at least two hits, including a 3-for-4 showing by junior designated hitter Tim Guidry. Freshman third baseman Seth Henry hit his first home run of the year – a solo shot in the third – and the Green Wave have now hit two home runs in each of the last four ballgames.

Senior right-hander Billy Mohl (7-0) gave the Green Wave a solid 5.2-inning start, allowing three runs on seven hits while walking a pair and striking out three. Mohl pitched himself into a pair of jams in the middle innings as the Pirates had two runners on in the fourth and loaded the bases in the fifth, but he bounced back with a strikeout on each occasion to thwart the rallies.

Sophomore Trey Martin pitched 2.1 solid innings, and the lone blemish on his day was a one-out solo home run by catcher Jake Smith in the seventh.

The Pirates jumped out to the early lead as left fielder Harrison Eldridge led off the bottom of the first with a walk and scored on a one-out single by catcher Jake Smith.

Henry tied the game in the third with his homer to left, and Guidry followed with a single. Following a sacrifice bunt by rookie catcher Max Kwan, senior left fielder Matt Riser ripped an RBI-double to left to give Tulane a 2-1 advantage it would not relinquish.

The Green Wave added another run in the fourth when Hamilton drew a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on a single and a sacrifice bunt by senior centerfielder Nathan Southard and sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus, respectively, and scored on a wild pitch by ECU starter Dustin Sasser.

The big blow came in the fifth, though, when sophomore shortstop Cat Everett sparked a two-out rally with a walk. Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden single through the right side of the infield to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, and Hamilton turned on a 2-1 offering and sent it into the teeth of the wind to right to account for the Green Wave's final runs.

Smith's homer in the seventh cut the Green Wave lead to three, but he could only manage a sacrifice fly with runners on the corners and one out in the ninth. The Pirates still had the tying run at the plate in the form of first baseman Adam Witter, but Latham got a fly ball to almost the exact same spot as Smith's shot, and Tulane bagged its third consecutive weekend series victory.

Sasser (4-5) was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out a pair in 5 innings of work. Tulane posted seven hits off the combination of Josh Dowdy, Scott Andrews and Mike Fly, but the trio were able to keep the Green Wave off the scoreboard over the final four frames.

The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, May 2, when they take on McNeese State at 6:30 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 www.TicketMaster.com.

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