Feb. 22, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore centerfielder Brian Bogusevic went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and a career-best six RBI, and senior right-hander Cory Hahn was sharp in his first appearance of 2004, as the Tulane University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the University of Maryland-Bartimore County with a 14-5 win Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
Bogusevic was one of three Green Wave players to enjoy a multiple-hit contest as senior catcher Brian Bormaster, junior shortstop Tommy Manzella and junior right fielder Wes Swackhamer each had two hits in the win. While the Tulane bats pounded out a season-high 16 hits, Hahn (1-0) was in control from the get-go as the senior right-hander struck out seven, walked none and scattered four hits in a five-inning start.
With the sweep, Tulane improves to 5-1 on the year. The Green Wave will enjoy a rare break from midweek competition and return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 when they open a three-game tilt with Utah at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. UMBC, meanwhile, falls to 0-3.
After failing to score in the first inning, Tulane took control of the contest early with a seven-run second and never looked back. Swackhamer got things going for the Green Wave with a leadoff walk, Bogusevic followed with a single through the right side of the infield, and Bormaster hammered a three-run homer over the wall in left to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Manzella kept the hit parade going with a single in the ensuing at-bat, advanced the bases on a steal and a groundout, rookie second baseman Philip Stringer was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners, and junior left fielder Matt Barket lifted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Manzella to make it 4-0. Junior third baseman Joe Holland, freshman designated hitter Mark Hamilton and Swackhamer followed with back-to-back singles and a walk, respectively, and Bogusevic delivered a two-run double to left center to put the finishing touch on the big inning.
One inning later, Swackhamer doubled down the right-field line and Bogusevic launched a towering opposite field bomb to left central to make it 10-0, and the pair hit an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in the fifth to push the Green Wave advantage to 12.
The Green Wave padded its lead in the sixth with a pair of runs courtesy of another RBI-single by Bogusevic and a sacrifice fly off the bat of reserve catcher Scott Madden to account for Tulane's final output.
UMBC avoided the shutout in the top of the eighth as Tulane rookie reliever Chris Worster struggled a bit with his command, and the Retrievers were able to plate five runs on a pair of hits, and took advantage of three walks to close out the scoring.
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