Feb. 9, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and three RBI to lead an 11-hit Green Wave offense as the Tulane University baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of visiting St. Joseph's with an 11-1 victory over the Hawks Sunday afternoon in a 10-run-rule shortened game at Turchin Stadium.
After giving up a run on two hits in the first inning, freshman starter J.R. Crowel settled down to hold the Hawks to one single and the rest of the way as he struck out four in five innings to earn his first collegiate win. With the victory, Tulane improves to 3-0 on the young season while St. Joseph's falls to 0-3.
Tulane once again played flawless defense and had a good day on the basepaths as centerfielder Jonny Kaplan stole a pair of bases and Aaron Feldman, Tommy Manzella and Tim Guidry each had one steal each.
The Hawks drew first blood in the opening stanza when leadoff hitter Jason Tarewicz ripped a double to left-center, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bill McCollum and scored on a two-out single off the bat of Kevin Dougher. From there, however, it was all Green Wave as Tulane scored six in the first, one in each of the third and fifth and another two in the fourth and sixth innings.
Kaplan got things going for the Green Wave in the home half of the first with a single before stealing second base. After a walk by shortstop Tony Giarratano, first baseman Michael Aubrey laced a two-RBI double to center to give the home team the lead for good. Aubrey advanced to third on a wild pitch and would score one batter later when Bogusevic lifted a sacrifice fly to left to make it 3-1.
After a scoreless second, Bogusevic padded the Tulane lead with a leadoff homer in the fourth. One frame later, Aubrey hit a one-out sacrifice fly to right and Bogusevic ripped an RBI single to center to make it 8-1. Pinch hitter Scott Madden scored in the fifth courtesy of an RBI triple by Guidry, and Wes Swackhamer provided the final runs of the game with a two-run homer to straight-away center in the sixth.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Kimmons came on in relief of Crowel in the sixth to pitch a perfect frame that included two strikeouts, and junior Joey Charron tossed a three-up three-down seventh to end the game.
St. Joseph's starter Eric Vardijan drew the loss for the Hawks, giving up eight runs - five earned - on seven hits while walking three and striking out one in 3.2 innings. Reliever Erik Holman did not fare much better, giving up three earned runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two in 2.1 frames.
Tulane gets back in action on Friday, Feb. 14 when the Green Wave opens a three-game slate against George Mason at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.