Feb. 25, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman pitcher Tyler Kimmons struck out five in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and the Green Wave hitters pounded out 15 hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated in-state foe Southeastern Louisiana 7-1 Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium.
Tulane led 4-1 after three, but the Lions had the go-ahead run at the plate in the fifth inning after loading the bases on three consecutive one-out singles. From there, head coach Rick Jones called on Kimmons (2-0) to put out the fire, and the rookie right-hander came through by striking out Southeastern's Jeff Janzen before getting Robert Larsen groundout to short to get Tulane (9-1) out of the inning unscathed.
Following a scoreless sixth, Tulane put the game away with two runs in the seventh when preseason All-American Michael Aubrey ripped an RBI double to the gap in right center to score junior shortstop Tony Giarratano from first, and the junior first baseman came around to score on an RBI-groundout by Byran Stelmack.
Rookie Brian Bogusevic, who started the game in right, came on to pitch a scoreless eighth, and the junior second baseman Turner Brumby closed out the scoring in the bottom of the frame when he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on reserve catcher Chris Sepanski's first career hit.
The Lions drew first blood as Southeastern Louisiana's first three hitters reached on freshman starter Brandon Gomes, and Jacob Schwab scored on a sacrifice fly by Janzen to take a 1-0 lead in the first. SLU had Gomes on the ropes again in the second as Blaine Wyninger and Lenny Mayard hit back-to-back singles to leadoff the frame, and the pair moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Rusnak, but Tulane capitalized on a Lions' base-running mistake when senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan tracked down a fly ball tailing away from him in left central and doubled-up Mayard off the base at second to get out of the frame with no harm done.
One inning later, Tulane added another run when designated hitter Gerald Clark, who went 3-for-3 on the night, laced an RBI infield single to second to give the home team a 4-1 advantage. Kimmons, meanwhile, retired the first two batters of the sixth, gave up a single to Rusnak before picking him off at first, and struck out the side in the seventh to earn his second win of his collegiate career.
Gomes was solid in his first collegiate start, giving up one earned run on eight hits while striking out two and walking one in 4.1 innings. Kimmons put out the fire in fifth, and following Bogusevic's performance in the eighth, preseason All-Conference USA reliever Joey Charron closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth to seal the victory.
Southeastern starter Michael Weinmunson, who came into the ballgame with an umblemished 0.00 ERA, was tagged with the loss after giving up six earned runs on 12 hits while striking out two and walking a pair in 6.2 innings.
Tulane returns to action on Friday, Feb. 28 when they travel to California where they take on Cal State Fullerton in the KIA Baseball Bash. Following the showdown with the Titans, the Green Wave battle UCLA on Saturday before closing out tournament play on Sunday against defending national champion Texas.