Tulane wins at CWS

:::Green Wave defeat Beavers in Omaha

Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. — The lone holdover from Tulane's last College World Series trip four years ago, Scott Madden knew what to expect Saturday when he was summoned to pinch-hit.

The noise and the atmosphere at Rosenblatt Stadium were part of his previous experience as a starting catcher for the Green Wave in 2001.

''Coming up in the situation that I did today, it kind took the edge off the emotion having played here already,'' Madden said after his two-out, two-run double helped the top-seeded Green Wave beat Oregon State 3-1 in the first round.

''You can get away from the spectacle of the thing and just get down to playing baseball,'' Madden said. ''In that sense, it has helped.''

Tulane is attempting to become the first No. 1 national seed to win the CWS since Miami in 1999, when the NCAA expanded the tournament field to 64 teams.

Shut out for six innings by Jonah Nickerson and trailing 1-0, Tulane broke through in the seventh for its 56th victory and spoiled Oregon State's first trip to the CWS since 1952.

''It was a heck of a game. We had to play as well as we could,'' Tulane coach Rick Jones said.

The Green Wave (56-10) got another strong pitching performance from Micah Owings, who was also involved in a controversial play at second base that kept the seventh-inning rally from being doused.

Tulane also got a great catch from right fielder Brian Bogusevic that kept Oregon State from expanding an early 1-0 lead.

Owings started the rally with a leadoff single in the seventh.

The Beavers then nearly turned a double play on Mark Hamilton's bunt to third baseman Shea McFeely, getting a hard-sliding Owings at second.

But the relay to first from shortstop Darwin Barney wasn't in time. Oregon State questioned the play, asking if there was interference on Owings' slide, but it was denied after the umpires conferred.

''The explanation was that there was no contact and nobody saw any contact,'' Oregon State coach Pat Casey said, adding that he hadn't seen a TV replay.

''If there was contact, he should have been called out and obviously we're out of the inning with no runs. If there was contact and it wasn't called, it was a big part of the game. Those things happen.''

Owings said he didn't grab Barney but that his hand touched him as he was going into second.

''You are taught when you slide to throw your hands up,'' Owings said. ''I know my hand did kind of nicked him a little bit. I wasn't intentionally tying to grab him at all because I'm not that type of player.''

After a fly out, Bogusevic singled to put runners at first and second.

Madden, who was a freshman on the Green Wave's 2001 CWS team, then drove a 2-2 pitch to right center to put the Green Wave ahead. Madden received a medical redshirt in 2003 because of a bad ankle injury and earned his a degree last year before deciding to return this season.

''Throughout the whole game you pay attention to the pitcher and what he is doing to the other hitters, just kind of have an idea what he would do to me in that situation,'' Madden said.

Owings (12-4) allowed just four hits and a run in seven innings, throwing 123 pitches before being replaced by Daniel Latham in the eighth. Latham pitched the eighth and ninth for his 13th save.

Texas 5, Baylor 1

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas snapped a four-game losing streak to Big 12 rival Baylor on Saturday night, getting seven strong innings from pitcher Adrian Alaniz and a two-run homer by Seth Johnston in a 5-1 victory over the Bears in the College World Series.

The Longhorns, 0-4 against Baylor this season, avoided becoming the first Texas team to lose five times to an opponent in the same year.

Texas (52-16) advances to a Monday night game against Tulane, which defeated Oregon State 3-1 early Saturday. Baylor (44-23) plays the Beavers in an elimination game Monday.

Baylor swept a three-game series from the Longhorns in March, then beat them again last month at the Big 12 tournament.

But the Longhorns, in the CWS for a record 32nd time, combined strong pitching and timely hitting to defeat a Baylor team that's in Omaha for only the third time overall and first time since 1978.

Alaniz (7-3) allowed only seven singles, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced before turning the game over to J. Brent Cox in the eighth. Alaniz struck out three, gave up one run and walked two in his 120-pitch outing.

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