Tulane Edges Southern Miss for Second-Straight Game, 10-9
Maddox Hits His 15th Home Run of the Season and 50th of His Career, Tying Jeff Cook For the School's Career Home Run Record
May 13, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Tulane scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 9-9 tie to defeat Southern Miss by a run for the second-straight day, 10-9, today, at Zephyr Field in front of 3,526 in attendance.
Green Wave first baseman Mark Hamilton hit a one-out single to center in the eighth inning, moved to second on Nathan Southard's single to center and scored the winning run on Brad Emaus' double to right center.
Southern Miss' Marc Maddox led off the ninth inning with a double to left field. Toddric Johnson lined out to short, and Michael Ewing struck out, before Kevin Coker hit a grounder to third baseman Seth Henry, who tagged out Maddox between second and third base to end the game.
Tulane relief pitcher Trey Martin (5-0) picked up his fifth win of the season, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out four in the final four innings. Golden Eagle relief pitcher Daniel Best (5-2) was credited with the loss, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up one run on six hits, one walk and striking out four batters.
The Green Wave (36-16, 12-8 Conference USA) scored 10 runs on 16 hits and committed one error, while the Golden Eagles (34-18, 10-10 C-USA) scored nine runs on 13 hits and committed errors.
Maddox led the Golden Eagles with four hits, including a double and his 15th home run of the season and his 50th of his career. His career number ties him with Jeff Cook (2000-03) for the school's career record. Jody Blount also finished with three hits, including a double and a three-run home run, his eighth of the season. Toddric Johnson finished with two hits and scored two runs.
Warren McFadden finished with four hits to lead the Green Wave, Nathan Southard finished with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer, Brad Emaus finished with two hits and an RBI, Tim Guidry had two hits and two RBIs and Ty Wallace finished with two hits.
Southern Miss took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Maddox hit a one-out homer to center field, Kevin Coker hit an RBI single to center and Blount blasted a three-run homer to center field.
Tulane scored two in the bottom of the inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 5-2. McFadden reached on a two-out infield single to second, Hamilton walked and Southard was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Emaus reached when his infield popup was misplayed by Maddox, plating McFadden and Hamilton.
The Green Wave struck for two more runs in the third inning to pull within a run, 5-4, on Southard's two-run blast to left center field.
Southern Miss came back with a run in the fourth inning to take a two-run lead, 6-4. After Blount doubled to left field, moved to third on Bo Davis' single to the pitcher and then scored on Brian Dozier's double to right center.
Tulane scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 6-6. Cat Everett hit a two-run single to center field to scored both Guidry and Wallace.
The Golden Eagles broke the tie in the fifth inning, scoring a run to take a 7-6 lead. Johnson led off the inning with a triple to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ewing.
The Green Wave took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs to take an 8-7 lead. Southard led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on Emaus' single to left and the bases were loaded when Henry was walked. Then Tim Guidry singled down the left field line to plate both Southard and Emaus.
Southern Miss scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, tying the game at 9-8. Blount led off the inning with a single to center and scored when Bo Davis tripled to left center. Dozier reached on a fielding error by Everett to score Davis.
Tulane scored a run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 9-9. McFadden singled to left, moved to second when Caire tried to pick him off of first and made a throwing error and then scored when Southard singled to center field.
Southern Miss and Tulane play the final game of the weekend series at Zephyr Field on Sunday at 1 p.m.