May 31, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 seed Tulane Green Wave advanced to Sunday’s 7 p.m. championship game with a 4-1 win over the No. 4 seed Bucknell in Game Four of the Tallahassee Baseball Regional Saturday night at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Tulane is 2-0 this weekend and 39-20-1 overall. With the loss, Bucknell fell to 30-23-2 and will face No. 1 seed Florida State in an elimination game Sunday at 1:07 p.m. (Sun Sports TV).
The Green Wave scored two runs in each of the third and fourth innings. After left fielder Scott Powell led off the inning with a single, centerfielder Anthony Scelfo reached on a walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice that put Powell out at third. The runners were at first and second with one out when a wild pitch advanced them to second and third. Third baseman Rob Segedin singled through the left side scoring one run and the second run scored on a throwing error by Bucknell left fielder Chris Pieper. In the fourth, a two-out triple to left center by Scelfo scored two more runs.
Bucknell put a run on the board in the top of the sixth inning but did so without a hit. With one out, the Bison’s rightfielder Andrew Brouse and catcher Shawn Hirsch drew back-to-back walks. With two outs, the third baseman Ed Rubbo struck out swinging but reached first base on a wild pitch and Brouse scored on the play.
Bucknell managed just three hits for the game while the Green Wave had seven hits, including two for extra bases. With two hits, shortstop Josh Prince was the only player for either team with multiple hits. Tulane starter Matt Petiton recorded the victory and improved to 7-1 while Bison starter Eric Jarrett was charged with the loss and fell to 5-6 on the year. Preston Claiborne earned his third save of the season.