Top-Ranked Tulane Routes Tigers, 13-2
May 7, 2005
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MEMPHIS (10-34, 4-18 C-USA) 000 002 000 - 2 3 0 #1 Tulane (40-8, 17-5 C-USA) 193 000 00X - 13 18 0
Tulane wasted little time showing why they are the nation's top-ranked team as the Green Wave roared for nine runs in the second inning en route to a 13-2 win over Memphis Friday night at Turchin Stadium. Tulane starter Micah Owings struck out nine in six innings and went 3-for-5 with five RBI at the plate. Tulane becomes the first NCAA team to reach the 40-win plateau this season.
Freshman Brad Emaus put the Wave on the board in the first frame with a solo blast over the leftfield wall.
Tulane erupted for nine runs in the second stanza, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Owings. The Green Wave sent 13 batters to the plate in the second. Mark Hamilton's two-run shot to left got the frame started. A bases loaded sacrifice fly by Tommy Manzella made it 4-0. Brian Bogusevic lined an RBI-single to left and Owings then launched his league-leading 14th homer of the year--a towering blast that sailed over the light pole in leftfield. Hamilton followed singles by Greg Dini and Joe Holland with a two-run double to the right centerfield gap, giving TU a 10-0 advantage.
The Wave got three runs on four consecutive singles to go ahead 13-0 in the third. RBI-singles by Bogusevic and Owings capped Tulane's scoring for the night.
Memphis got its two runs in the sixth. Chad House opened the inning with an infield single and Jordan Tolliver followed with a walk. Adam Amar then ripped a double to the gap in right center to score both runners.
Owings picked up his sixth win of the season and held Memphis to three hits. Memphis starter Nick Bradshaw took the loss after giving up nine earned runs in an inning and a third. The Tiger bullpen was solid, holding the Green Wave scoreless over the final five innings of play.
All nine Tulane starters recorded a hit and seven posted multiple hits in an 18-hit performance.
Memphis and the top-ranked Green Wave will play game two of the series on Saturday. The first pitch, which was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., has been moved back to 4 p.m. to accommodate the live television broadcast of the game by Cox Sports. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.