May 14, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Tulane scored one run in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth inning to pull out a 5-4 come from behind win, today, over Southern Miss, at Zephyr Field, in front of 2,967 in attendance.
The Green Wave (37-16, 13-8 Conference USA) won Friday's game, 2-1, Saturday's 11-10 and completed the sweep with today's one-run victory. Tulane scored five runs on eight hits and committed one error, while Southern Miss (34-19, 10-11 C-USA) scored four runs on nine hits.
Down 3-1 entering the eighth inning, Tulane scored four runs on four hits to take a 5-3 lead. Tim Guidry led off the inning with his first homer of the season to left center to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 5-4. Ty Wallace was walked, moved to second on Matt Riser sacrifice to the pitcher and scored on Cat Everett's single to right field to tie the game at 5-5. Mark Hamilton then doubled to right center to score Everett from first to give the Green Wave their first lead of the game. Nathan Southard then singled through the left side to score Hamilton to give Tulane a two-run lead, 5-3.
Southern Miss' effort in the ninth inning came up just short once again. Brian Dozier hit a one-out single up the middle. Trey Sutton hit a grounder to Emaus at second base, who threw it over the shortstop's head to put Dozier on third and Sutton on second. Marc Maddox flew out to center to plate Dozier, before Toddric Johnson grounded out to first to end the game.
Tulane starter Billy Mohl (8-0) kept his perfect record in tact, earning his eighth win of the season, pitching seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out seven. Daniel Latham (13) pitched the final two innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits to earn his 13th save of the season.
Southern Miss starter Cliff Russum (6-5) was credited with the loss, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits, walking five and striking out three.
Johnson and Michael Ewing led the Golden Eagles with two hits each, and Maddox finished with one hit and two RBIs. Maddox hit his 16th home run of the season over the center field wall to give him the Southern Miss career home run record of 51. The former record was held by Jeff Cook (2000-03), who hit 50 during his career.
Southard led Tulane with three hits and an RBI and Hamilton finished with two hits and an RBI.
The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Maddox's home run to center and scored two more runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Luke Adkins led off the inning with a single up the middle and scored on Bo Davis' triple to left center. Davis scored when Sutton flew out to left field.
Tulane scored its first run in the sixth inning. Southard hit a one-out double down the right field line, advanced to third on Brad Emaus' single to right and scored when Seth Henry reached on a fielder's choice.
Southern Miss hosts UCF for the final regular-season Conference USA series of the season on May 18-20 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Thursday and Friday's games start at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday's game begins at 1 p.m.