Feb. 6, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane (4-0) baseball team overcame a two-run deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Jake Gautreau handed Southeastern Louisiana (3-1) it's first loss of the season with a game winning triple giving the Wave a 16-15 victory on Tuesday evening.
The 3 hour and 54 minute nail-biter began with a lead off home run by Southeastern's Phil George and set the tone for the evening. A total of seven home runs were hit in the game and the two teams combined for 31 runs.
Tulane overcame a Lion 3-1 lead as they put up nine runs in the fourth inning to give the Wave a 10-3 advantage. Freshman Michael Aubrey contributed to the rally with his second home run of the season, a grand slam over the center field wall.
Southeastern's pitching allowed only three runs through four innings, while the Lion offense scored seven runs.
Heading into the ninth inning the Green Wave held a narrow 13-10 lead. The Lions scored five runs on a dropped pop fly, a single and a Joey Duhe three-run homer into left, giving them a 15-13 advantage.
Jay Heintz began the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff walk. Tulane's next two at bats in resulted in two outs but the Wave continued to battle. Andy Cannizaro singled to the pitcher advancing Heintz to second. He then scored on a dropped pop fly, hit by Anthony Giarratano bringing the Wave within one. Jake Gautreau smashed the game-winning triple down the right field line sending Cannizaro and Giarratano home.
Tulane freshman Will Walter (1-0) got the win for the Wave. He went 1
1/3 innings, gave up no earned runs and struck out a pair.
Jeremiah Watson (0-1) got the loss as he went 2/3 innings and gave up three runs.
Wave senior Steve Shirley hit two home runs in the game and went 2-for-4 on the evening. Matt Groff was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Michael Aubrey had a game high four RBI. Gautreau was 3-for-6 with two RBI, a double, a triple and a home run.
Tulane hosts Temple in a three game series beginning on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. All three games are scheduled to be broadcast on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.