Redhawks Drop Season-opener to No. 1 Tulane, 9-0
Feb. 12, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Friday, February 11, 2005) - Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic struck out a career-high 13 and the Green Wave hammered three home runs - including two by sophomore designated hitter Mark Hamilton - as the No. 1 ranked Tulane University baseball team defeated Southeast Missouri State, 9-0, in the season-opener for both teams Friday evening at Turchin Stadium.
Hamilton led a 12-hit performance by the Green Wave, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBI. The game, however, belonged to Bogusevic as the preseason All-American scattered two hits and did not issue a walk in an 8.0-inning start. The crowd of 3,664 on hand was the third largest in the history of Turchin Stadium, and was the most to ever attend a season opener at the on-campus facility.
After a pair of scoreless frames to open the ballgame, junior centerfielder Nathan Southard gave Bogusevic the only run he would need with a one-out solo home run to left central to put Tulane ahead 1-0. The Green Wave would plate single runs in each of the next three innings; a sacrifice fly by rookie third baseman to score senior catcher Scott Madden in the fourth, a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior right fielder Matt Barket to plate Southard in the fifth, and an opposite-field solo bomb by Hamilton in the sixth.
One inning later, Tulane would load the bases and make it a 5-0 game on a wild pitch by reliever Joey Evans, and Hamilton put the game out of reach with a towering, three-run blast to right to put the score at 8-0. SEMO threatened to breakup the shutout bid in the eighth when pinch-hitter Levi Olson was hit by pitch and right fielder Brent Lawson singled in the ensuing at-bat, but Tulane second baseman Joe Holland got the Green Wave out of the jam with an unassisted double-play.
Following the squandered opportunity by the Redhawks, Tulane closed out the scoring when redshirt-freshman Will Rice had a pinch-hit single to lead off the frame, went to second when Southard was hit by a pitch, and scored on a single through the right side of the infield by Barket.
While the Green Wave offense may have waited a couple of innings to get rolling, Bogusevic was on from the start. He retired the side in order in the first, and following a leadoff double by Redhawks' Frank Montiel, Bogusevic faced the minimum until hitting a bump in the road in the eighth. In the ninth, freshman Sean Morgan made his collegiate debut with authority, retiring the side in order on a pair of strikeouts and a lazy fly to center.
Redhawk pitchers did not fare as well, however. Starter Ryan Forsyth kept Tulane off the scoreboard for two innings, but would leave the game with nobody out in the fifth and was tagged with the loss after giving up three earned runs on five hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts. Evans went 3.0 innings for SEMO, giving up five runs on five hits with two walks and three Ks, and Carter gave up a single run on two hits in his lone inning of work.
Due to projected inclement weather in the New Orleans Area on Sunday, both teams have agreed to play a doubleheader on Saturday (Feb. 12) vs. beginning at 2 p.m.
There will be a 40-minute break between games during today's twin bill, and as a result, the Sunday game originally scheduled for 1 p.m. in now cancelled.