Redhawks Swept by No. 1 Tulane
Feb. 13, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La. - (Saturday, February 12, 2005) The "Big Easy" proved to be anything but easy for the Redhawks baseball team as they dropped both games of a doubleheader, 6-3 in game one and 9-3 in game two to the No. 1 team in the country, Tulane Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium. The two losses gave the Green Wave a three-game sweep over the Redhawks in both team's opening series of the 2005 season.
The Redhawks (0-3) showed some life in game one. After being shutout and held to only two hits in the opener on Friday night the were able to touch Green Wave All-American pitcher Micah Owings for three runs.
Chris Gibson, making his first start of the season, went 2-3 and drove in all three Redhawk runs.
In the top half of the second inning Gibson knocked in Brent Lawson, who was on second after a two-out double, on a single up the middle. The run gave the Redhawks their first lead of the series 1-0.
The Green Wave countered with a run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth off a Mark Hamilton two-run homer to pull ahead 3-1.
A two-out double by pinch-hitter James Clayton and a single by Lawson in the seventh gave the Redhawks runners at third and first. Gibson knocked both runs in with another single to tie the game at 3-runs apiece.
The Green Wave got three runs off the bat of All-American Brian Bogusevic in the bottom of the eighth and reliever Sean Morgan retired the side in the top of the ninth to give the Green Wave a 6-3 victory.
Daniel Latham (1-0) was credited with the win and Josh Parham (0-1) got the loss for the Redhawks. Morgan was credited with the save.
Redhawks starter Derek Herbig pitched 5 2/3 strong innings giving up three runs and striking out four.
Due to projected inclement weather both teams agreed to play a double-header.
In game two Southeast struck first scoring a run in the top of the first when Frank Montiel drove in Jordan Payne with a double.
However Tulane scored a run apiece in both the first and second to grab the lead.
The Redhawks regained the lead in the third when Montiel knocked in Ernie Bracamonte with another double and Lawson drove in Montiel with a double of his own.
Tulane struck back with a three runs in the bottom of the third and later added four run in the eighth to win 9-3.
J.R. Crowel (1-0) was credited for the win and Jamie McAlister (0-1) was collared for the loss.
McAlister pitched six innings allowing six runs, five earned and struck out two batters.
The Redhawks ou-thit the Green Wave 16-15 for the day, but the Tulane pitching staff kept the damage to a minimum.
Montiel and Lawson each finished the three-game series with four hits apiece. Gibson drove in three runs and Montiel had two RBI. Montiel also collected three doubles.
The Redhawks will take a week off before heading back to Louisiana to face Southeastern Louisiana for three games February 25-27.