May 12, 2006
METAIRIE, La. -Tulane scored one run in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie, and Sean Morgan pitched eight strong innings, giving up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out nine to lead the Green Wave to a 2-1 victory, today, over Southern Miss in game one of the three-game Conference USA weekend series at Zephyr Field in front of 2,690 in attendance.
Brad Emaus doubled down the left field line to plate Nathan Southard, who reached on a walk, in the fourth inning.
The Southern Miss - Tulane series have been characterized over the years as slugfests but today's game was a pitcher's duel. The 2-1 scored marked the least amount of runs scored in a game between these clubs since April 7, 1979, at Old Tulane Diamond, when Southern Miss won 2-0. It was also the first one-run game since March 30, 2003, when Tulane won 5-4, at Pete Taylor Park, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Barry Bowden (2-2) received the loss for the second time this season, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, walking three and striking out three. Matt Caire came on in relief in the seventh inning and finished the game, pitching the final 1.1 innings and struck out three batters.
Daniel Latham (11) earned his 11th save of the season and set the Conference USA career saves record with 31, breaking the record by former South Florida pitcher Joey Livingston (2001-04). He pitched the ninth inning and gave up one hit.
Tulane (35-16, 11-8 Conference USA) scored two runs on five hits, while Southern Miss (34-17, 10-9 C-USA) scored one run on five hits and committed one error. Maddox and Trey Sutton led the Golden Eagles with two hits and Everett had two hits to lead the Green Wave.
Southern Miss took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Marc Maddox hit his 14th homer of the season to left center.
The Green Wave tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Matt Riser hit a double the dropped on the right field line, moved to third when Cat Everett singled to right field and then scored when Warren McFadden hit into a double play.
Southern Miss and Tulane play the second game of the three-game weekend series on Saturday at Zephyr Field at Noon.