Richard Carthon’s inside-the-park homer highlights Tulane’s pivotal 4-3 win over South Florida _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Tulane outfielder Lex Kaplan (6) catches a ball as he and fellow teammates wearing pink baseball caps and bearing flowers for their moms, come onto the field on Mothers Day before playing South Florida in Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Sunday, May 10, 2015.

The Tulane baseball team will be in an NCAA regional for the first time since 2008 under first-year coach David Pierce.

The viewing party at the Glazier Family Club inside Yulman Stadium erupted at 11:18 a.m. when the Green Wave came up as the No. 3 seed in the Baton Regional regional. Tulane (will face No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington, which the Wave beat 8-4 on the road on March 31, at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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The winner of that game will face the winner of the game between No. 2 national seed LSU and Lehigh.

Tulane (34-23), No. 43 in the RPI, last played in Baton Rouge for a regional in 2003.

UNC Wilmington (39-16), ranked No. 27 in the RPI, finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association and won the conference tournament to earn an automatic bid.

LSU beat Tulane 13-7 at Turchin Stadium and 6-0 at Alex Box Stadium.

Tulane reached the College World Series twice under former coach Rick Jones, in 2001 and 2005.