No. 17 Tulane Thwarts Marshall Baseball Comeback, Wins 9-8 in Ninth

May 6, 2006

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NEW ORLEANS - After giving up four runs in the top of the ninth, No. 17 Tulane came back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to squeak past the Marshall baseball team, 9-8, Saturday at Zephyr Field in New Orleans.

Marshall trailed 7-1 after five innings but chipped away and cut the lead to 7-4 entering the ninth. The Herd then tallied four runs against Tulane closer Daniel Latham, who entered the game with a conference-leading 11 saves. The Green Wave rallied in the ninth against Nick Wolle (Jr., Coatesville, Pa.). After Wolle (0-6) got the first out, the Green Wave loaded the bases. Brad Emaus struck out swinging for the second out. On the ensuing pitch, Wolle uncorked a wild pitch to score Warren McFadden to tie the game. Seth Henry followed with a chopper up the middle that went into center field to score Mark Hamilton and give the Green Wave the 9-8 win.

Marshall's Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI. Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.), Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) and Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) each recorded two hits. Brit Vincent (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) hit the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth.



Marshall starter Chris Koutsavlis (Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.) worked 4.2 innings, giving up six earned runs, nine hits and one walk. Tulane's Brandon Gomes hurled 6.2 innings, allowing four runs (none earned), six hits and three walks while striking out four. Despite allowing four runs and six hits in the ninth, Latham (4-2) earned the victory.

Tulane (33-16, 9-8 C-USA) took a 5-0 lead in the third inning. Seth Henry led off with a double and scored on a Tim Guidry single. Ty Wallace followed with a two-run homer to left field to give the Green Wave a 3-0 lead. One out later, Cat Everett singled and then trotted home with two outs when Mark Hamilton hit his league-leading 15th home run of the season.

Marshall (20-23, 6-14) broke through with a run in the fifth. With one out, Ptacek singled. He moved to second on a Levinson single and advanced to third when right fielder Warren McFadden bobbled the ball for an error. Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) then hit into a fielder's choice to bring home Ptacek.

Tulane scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, as McFadden laced an RBI single and Nathan Southard hit a run-scoring infield single.

The Thundering Herd scored three runs in the seventh inning to knock out Gomes. Vincent reached on an error to lead off and moved to third on a Ptacek double. Levinson grounded out to bring home Vincent, and Monaco grounded out to move Ptacek to third. After consecutive walks to Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) and Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario), Murphy ripped a two-run single to right field to score Ptacek and Frederick and cut the lead to 7-4 and force Gomes from the game. Trey Martin relieved Gomes and induced Stieger to fly to right field to end the threat.

Marshall made its big comeback in the ninth inning with four runs - all with two out. Russell singled up the middle to bring home Levinson. Murphy followed with a towering fly ball to deep left field. The ball caromed off the glove leaping left fielder Matt Riser and went over the wall for a two-run homer to tie the game. Stieger followed with a single and moved to third on a Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) single. Vincent then gave the Herd an 8-7 lead with a single to left field.

The series concludes with a 2 p.m. Sunday game.