South Alabama eliminated in 18-11 rout


OXFORD, Miss. -- Tulane scored nine runs in the fifth inning
of its 18-11 victory over South Alabama on Sunday in an elimination
game at the Oxford Regional.
Brad Emaus and Cat Everett each had two-run singles in the
inning, which propelled the second-seeded Green Wave (43-20) into
the tournament's championship round.
Tulane, which has lost once in the regional, was to play
top-seeded Mississippi later Sunday, needing two wins in two days
over the Rebels to reach the super regionals for the third straight
year. Ole Miss would clinch the super regional berth with one win
over the Green Wave.
Emaus put Tulane ahead for good in the fifth when he drove Joey
Doan's two-out pitch up the middle to score Everett and Mark
Hamilton and give his team a 4-3 lead.
Later that inning, Everett singled down the line in right field
to bring home Ty Wallace and Matt Riser.
It was the Green Wave's most productive inning in regional play
since they scored 11 runs in the seventh inning of a 22-9 victory
over Southern in 2001.
Everett finished with four RBI, Nathan Southard drove in three
runs and Hamilton hit a solo homer, his 19th of the season, and
added three RBI to help the Tulane avenge a 7-1 loss to the
Jaguars two days earlier.
Southard also had four hits, and had a total seven RBI through
three tournament games.
Brandon Gomes (7-6) allowed nine runs on seven hits and retired
11 consecutive hitters before walking Guillermo Martinez to lead
off the seventh.
Jeff Cunningham hit a three-run homer and Joel Collins had a
two-run shot to highlight a six-run seventh for the Jaguars
Doan (6-3), the loser, was charged with nine runs, seven earned,
on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.
South Alabama scored three runs on one hit in the first inning
and led 3-2 before Tulane took control four innings later.