Oregon State Falls To Tulane In First Round Of CWS

June 18, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Scott Madden made sure the top-seeded Green Wave got afirst-round win in the College World Series on Saturday.

Madden delivered a two-out, two-run pinch-hit double in the seventh inning,sending Tulane to a 3-1 victory over Oregon State and spoiling the Beavers'first CWS appearance since 1952. He is the only player left from Tulane's lasttrip to Omaha four years ago.

Tulane is attempting to become the first No. 1 national seed to win the CWSsince 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 brokethrough for its 56th victory.

Winning pitcher Micah Owings started the rally with a leadoff single in theseventh.

The Beavers then nearly turned a double play on Mark Hamilton's bunt tothird, getting a hard-sliding Owings at second, but the relay to first wasn'tin time. Oregon State questioned the play, asking if there was interference onOwings' slide, but it was denied after the umpires huddled.

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

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

Owings (12-4) allowed just four hits and a run in seven innings, throwing123 pitches before being replaced by Daniel Latham in the eighth. Lathampitched the eighth and ninth for his 13th save.

Nickerson (9-2) gave up seven hits and two runs in seven innings.

Tulane's Nathan Southard hit a solo homer off reliever Eddie Kunz leadingoff the bottom of the eighth for a two-run cushion. The drive to left extendedSouthard's hitting streak to 21 games.

With only 39 homers all season, the Beavers (46-11) were able to manufactureruns on their way to Omaha and they did it again in the first inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury, a first-round pick of the Boston Red Sox, singled leadingoff and made it to third on Darwin Barney's double into the right field corner.Ellsbury then scored on Andy Jenkins' RBI grounder to second.

The Beavers loaded the bases in the sixth and were ready to build on the 1-0lead when Cole Gillespie sent a line drive to the gap in right center.

But right fielder Bogusevic, a first-round pick of the Astros, saved atleast two runs with a fully extended catch just as he was ready to hit theground.