J.R. Crowel struck out nine, scattered two hits and walked none in an eight-inning start in Tulane's 7-0 win over Utah on Saturday.
Feb. 28, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore southpaw J.R. Crowel struck out nine in an 8.0-inning start and the Green Wave bats pounded out 12 hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated the University of Utah, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
The victory comes on the heels of Friday night's 3-0 blanking of the Utes to mark the first time the Green Wave tallied back-to-back shutouts since March 10, 1988 when Tulane swept a doubleheader from Northwestern State, 6-0 and 11-0. Juniors Greg Dini and Tommy Manzella tallied three hits each, and senior first baseman Brian Bormaster went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a pair of RBI.
With the win, Tulane runs its winning streak to five games and improves to 7-1 on the year. Utah, meanwhile, falls to 1-7. The Green Wave closes out the weekend against the Utes on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
The Green Wave offense scored a pair of runs in the third, another in the fourth, three in the sixth and a final run in the eighth, but the game clearly belonged to Crowel (3-0). The second-year starter from Boynton Beach, Fla., retired the first 10 batters he faced and gave up just two singles and three baserunners all day. He did not allow a single runner to get past first base and faced just two more than the minimum in the longest outing by a Tulane pitcher in 2004.
Crowel retired the Utes in order five times, including striking out the side in the third, and the only baserunners he allowed in the first seven innings were on a single in the fourth and an error in the sixth. After giving up a leadoff single in the eighth, he struck out the next two batters before falling behind 3-0 to eight-hole hitter Jay Brossman. Crowel, however, refused to give in and battled all the way back to strike out the Utes' designated hitter to put the finishing touches on an outstanding day.
While Crowel kept Utah off balance all day, the Green Wave bats came alive in the third inning as Dini hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a balk by Utes starter Dough Mackay (0-3) and scored two at-bats later on a single up the middle by Manzella to plate the only run Tulane would need. Junior infielder Joe Holland followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position, and junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer came through with an RBI groundout to short to make it 2-0.
After junior rightfielder Matt Barket singled, stole a base and scored in the fourth, the Green Wave blew the game open in the fifth with three runs on three hits, including a big, two-RBI double by Dini to put the game out of reach. Barket got things going for Tulane with a one-out walk, stole his second bag of the day and scored on an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Mark Hamilton. Bormaster followed with a double to left center, and Dini hammered a two-run twin-sacker to left to make it 6-0.
Following a scoreless seventh, Bormaster put a stamp on a fine day - which included a pair of tremendous defensive scoops at first - with a home run just to the right of centerfield to close out the scoring.
After Sunday's series finale with Utah, the Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, March 2 when they play host to arch-rival LSU at Zephyr Field. First pitch of that ballgame is scheduled for 7 p.m. For ticket information to the LSU game as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.