March 7, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Green Wave scored five runs in the first three innings and Joey Charron picked up his fourth save of the season as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Manhattan College in a nail-biting 5-4 contest Friday night at Turchin Stadium.
The Jaspers plated three runs in the sixth, another in the seventh and were poised to tie the score and possibly take the lead when they loaded the bases in the eighth, but Charron got a strikeout to get out of the frame and tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the Tulane victory. With the win, Tulane improves to 11-4 on the year while Manhattan drops to 0-4.
The Jaspers had more hits than the Green Wave, tallying 14 base knocks, but Tulane had an admirable job at the plate as well with 11 safeties of its own to mark the 10th time this season the home team posted double-digit hit totals. Four players tallied two-hit performances - Tony Giarratano, Michael Aubrey, Brian Bogusevic and Brian Bormaster - and Bormaster reached all four times he came to the plate with a pair of walks to push his season base-on-balls total to 12.
The Green Wave appeared to have control of the ballgame with single runs in the first, second and fifth innings, and two in the third, but Manhattan refused to go away without a fight.
Jasper catcher Josh Green ripped a leadoff double to start the sixth and scored on a designated hitter Eric Fierro's two-run homer two at-bats later, and left fielder Jonathan Holzer cut the Tulane lead to two later in the frame with an RBI single to plate pinch-runner Ian Quinn.
In the next frame, second baseman Gary Diaz had a leadoff double before junior reliever Will Walter entered the game. Walter did not allow a hit in his 1.1 inning of work, but Manhattan was able to score Diaz from third with a sacrifice fly to left by Fierro to make it 5-4.
For the third consecutive inning, Manhattan led off the eighth with a double by Chris Gaskin, but Charron retired the next three in order - including back-to-back strikeouts to clinch the Tulane win.
Freshman Billy Mohl (2-1) earn the win for the Green Wave after giving up three earned runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out six in a 5.2 inning start. Manhattan's Ryan Darcy (0-2) got the loss after allowing five runs on 11 hits though six innings.
Tulane and Manhattan return to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. and will close out the series on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.