May 28, 2005
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Tulane center fielder Nathan Southard blasted three home runs to help lead the Green Wave to a 10-1 win over the University of Houston baseball Saturday during the semifinals of the 2005 Conference USA Tournament presented by PowerAde at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Southard led off the first and fifth innings with home runs and posted a two-run shot in the third inning to account for the bulk of the Green Wave offense. He finished the day 3-for-3 with three runs and four RBIs to lead Tulane, which outhit the Cougars 7-5.
UH sophomore righthander Brad Lincoln collected the loss after giving up nine runs (four earned) off seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work and dropped to 4-7. The Clute, Texas, native also accounted for the Cougars' lone run of the day with a towering solo home run to right field in the bottom of the first inning.
Junior catcher Brett Logan also batted 2-for-3 with a stolen base in the losing effort.
Tulane starter Micah Owings collected the win and improved to 9-4 after holding the Cougars to one run off six hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings.
Green Wave infielder Brad Emaus went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and led all players with five RBIs.
With the loss, the Cougars ended their season with a 29-30 overall record. Tulane, which was ranked No. 1 nationally, improved to 50-9 and will meet the winner of TCU-Southern Miss in the C-USA Tournament championship game at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Tulane grabbed the quick lead in its first at bat when leadoff hitter Nathan Southard blasted the second pitch he saw over the wall in left center.
However, the Cougars knotted the game in their first at bat when Lincoln drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right center.
Two innings later, Southard struck again with his second homer of the day - a two-run shot - to left field to hand the Green Wave a 3-1 advantage. Southard led off the fifth inning with another solo shot to left field to push the Tulane lead to 4-1.
The Green Wave broke the game open in the sixth inning with five unearned runs. After ripping a one-out double to right field, Greg Dini scored on a Cougar infield error. Two batters later, Emaus ripped a grand slam over the wall in left center to hand the Green Wave a 9-1 lead.
In the eighth inning, Emaus' RBI-single through the left side scored Matt Barket from third base after the latter led off with a double to left center.