April 16, 2005
NEW ORLEANS - Brad Emaus' home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning lifted No. 1 Tulane to a 5-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday in the middle game of a Conference USA series at Turchin Stadium.
The loss spoiled a dramatic comeback by the Cougars, who rallied with a run in the top of the inning. After the first two batters were retired quickly, Mark McGonigle slapped a sharp single into center field and moved to second base on Travis Tully's single through the right side. Following a Tulane pitching change, Kevin Roberts smashed the first pitch he saw from reliever Sean Morgan up the middle to plate McGonigle and tie the game at 4-4.
However, that would be as close as the Cougars (15-19, 7-6 C-USA) would get as Morgan recorded a strikeout to end the rally and set the stage for Emaus' heroics.
UH reliever Gene Flores dropped to 0-4 with the loss after giving up one run off four hits in two innings of work. Morgan collected the win and improved to 5-0 after holding the Cougars to only one hit in 0.1 innings of relief.
Emaus led the Tulane offense, batting 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, while Joe Holland and Micah Owings each rapped out two hits.
The series wraps up at 1 p.m., Sunday at Turchin Stadium. The game will be broadcast on KGBC 1540 AM and on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in their first at bat. Roberts blasted a one-out double to the wall in left center and came around to score on Brad Lincoln's looping single into shallow left field.
In the bottom of the inning, Emaus reached on an infield single and moved all the way to third base following Tommy Manzella's double down the right field line. Brian Bogusevic then groundout out but not before Emaus scored to knot the game at 1-1. Manzella then gave the Green Wave the lead when a Cougar pickoff attempt at first base went awry.
The score remained that way until the third inning when UH regained the lead, thanks to two runs off a pair of hits. After drawing a leadoff walk, Matt Farrington moved to second following McGonigle's sacrifice bunt. Tully's infield single put runners at the corners, and Roberts laced an RBI-single into left field to plate Farrington and allow Tully to move to third base. Lincoln then grounded out to first base but not before Tully scored to hand the Cougars a 3-2 lead.
In the fourth inning, Owings tied the game at 3-3 with a home run over the wall in left center.
In the seventh inning, Tulane (31-6, 11-3 C-USA) broke the tie, thanks to Bogusevic's RBI-single. Greg Dini walked to lead off and then moved to second when Nathan Southard was hit by a pitch. Following a Cougar pitching change, Emaus reached on a fielder's choice, which retired Southard moving to second base and allowed Dini to move to third.
Tommy Manzella then reached on another fielder's choice which retired Dini trying to score from third base and Emaus to advance to second base. It seemed as though the Cougars would get out of the jam, but Bogusevic then slapped a single into left field, scoring Emaus and giving Tulane the lead for good.
Emaus reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second following a groundout. Bogusevic then laced a two-out, RBI-single into left field to plate Emaus and hand the Green Wave a 4-3 lead.