Hamilton Leads Tulane Past Pirates 6-4
April 30, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Mark Hamilton's three-run home run in the top of the fifth gave Tulane a 6-1 lead and the Green Wave never looked back as they defeated the Pirates 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, Tulane (30-16, 7-8) takes the weekend series and moves into a tie for third place with ECU (28-17, 7-8) in the Conference USA standings.
Billy Mohl picked up his seventh win of the season after working 5 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits with three strike outs. Trey Martin made his 21st appearance of the year when he relieved Mohl in the sixth inning. He went 2 1/3 innings allowing one run on one hit before giving way to Daniel Latham, recorded his ninth save of the season and 28 for his career which ties a school record.
Dustin Sasser dropped to 4-5 on the year after allowing six runs on seven hits with a pair of strike outs in five innings of work. Josh Dowdy bridged the gap between Sasser and Scott Andrews working 1/3 of an inning and giving up three hits. Andrews worked a scoreless 2 2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing four hits before giving way to Mike Flye who worked a perfect ninth inning.
Tulane pounded out 14 hits on the afternoon and was led by Tim Guidry who was 3-for-4 from the plate with one run scored. Four other Green Wave batters posted multi-hit games including Hamilton, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a home run, his 14th of the season. Warren McFadded extended his hit streak to 16-games with his single in the fifth and finished 1-for-5 on the day.
ECU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Smith's single up the middle that scored Harrison Eldridge in the bottom of the first.
Matt Riser gave Tulane a 2-1 lead in the third on a double to left field scoring Guidry. Earlier in the inning Seth Henry tied the game at one with a solo home run to left center, the first of his career.
Hamilton scored the Green Waves third run of the game putting them up 3-1 in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch.
Smith pulled ECU within three, 6-3, after hitting his second home run of the series, a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the seventh.
The Pirates plated one run in the bottom of the ninth on Smith's sacrifice fly to center field that scored Ryan Tousley to close the game at 6-4.
The Pirates will hit the road next weekend when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to face Southern Miss in league action.