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South Alabama snaps NCAA tourney losing streak

6/2/2006

OXFORD, Miss. -- David Freese homered, P.J. Walters threw a
four-hitter and South Alabama snapped a four-game NCAA tournament
losing streak by beating Tulane 7-1 on Friday in the Oxford
Regional.
The third-seeded Jaguars (39-19) advance to play the
Bethune-Cookman-Mississippi winner at 5 p.m. Saturday after No. 2
seed Tulane (41-20) plays the loser in an elimination game.
South Alabama is making its 24th tournament appearance and won
its first postseason game since 2003, when the Jaguars beat Florida
State before losing two straight to the Seminoles.
South Alabama didn't make the field in 2004 and went 0-2 last
season with losses to Auburn and Army.
The Jaguars never trailed in this one, and Freese gave the
Jaguars a 5-1 lead in the sixth when he followed Patrick Weaver's
one-out single by driving Sean Morgan's 2-2 pitch over the fence in
left-center field for his team-leading 11th homer.
David Doss singled home two runs in the ninth for the final
margin.
Walters (11-3) set the school record for career innings pitched
with 413, surpassing the mark of 409 1/3 set in 1998 by Jeff
Norton, and beat the Green Wave for the second time this year.
He had six strikeouts and three walks in his fifth complete game
of the season and second against Tulane. In March, Walters struck
out seven in an 8-4 victory over the Green Wave.
Morgan (8-6) allowed five runs on nine hits in seven innings
with four strikeouts and three walks.
South Alabama took a 1-0 lead in the third when Chris Davis led
off with an infield single, was sacrificed to second, moved to
third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Morgan.
The Jaguars added two more runs in the fifth, when Weaver
singled and Morgan forced in another by hitting Jeff Cunningham
with the bases loaded.
Matt Riser's RBI groundout in the fifth scored Tim Guidry and
pulled Tulane to 3-1.
Tulane, which reached the College World Series last year, lost
for the first time in four postseason games in Oxford. The Green
Wave went 3-0 in the Oxford Regional two years ago and advanced to
the super regionals.