March 8, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Green Wave bats pounded out 15 hits, including eight for extra bases, and junior starter Cory Hahn struck out a season-high eight in 7.0 shutout innings as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Manhattan College 15-1 Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
After winning a close 5-4 contest Friday night over the Jaspers, the Green Wave left no doubt who would take the second game of the series as Tulane scored five in the first and never looked back. With the win, Tulane's third straight victory, the Green Wave improve to 12-4 on the year. Manhattan, meanwhile, remains winless and falls to 0-5.
While the Tulane hitters got the job done, Hahn did his part on the mound. After giving up a single to Jasper shortstop John Maser in the game's second at-bat, the junior right-hander retired the next nine Manhattan batters and did not allow another hit until the sixth inning. Hahn gave up just four hits on the day and walked a pair to improve to 3-1 on the year and lower his ERA to 1.44.
Middle-infielders Tommy Manzella and Tony Giarratano both went 3-for-4 on the day, with Manzella tallying a pair of doubles and four RBI while scoring four runs. Not to be outdone, junior first baseman Michael Aubrey roped a pair of doubles in his only two official at-bats while drawing two walks and driving in two before being lifted in the seventh.
Tulane took control of the contest early on as Aubrey hit a one-out double to right center to score Giarratano, and following a walk by freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic, Manzella made it 3-0 with a two-RBI double of his own. Following another walk issued by Manhattan starter Michael Parisi (0-1), junior designated hitter Byran Stelmack plated Manzella and rookie left fielder Nathan Southard with a single to left to make it 5-0.
With a commanding 10-0 advantage after six, Tulane added another run in the sixth as Manzella scored on a wild pitch by Jaspers' reliever Scott Wardell, and Southard put the finishing touches on the Green Wave win with a two-RBI triple one inning later.
Manhattan avoided the shutout in the eighth when Tulane freshman reliever Ryan Martin plunked centerfielder Matt Cucurollo with one-out in the frame and the Jasper centefielder came plateward on a two-out RBI single off the bat of reserve first baseman Sylvester Gutierrez to close out the scoring.
The Green Wave and the Jaspers close out the weekend series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. Following that contest, Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, March 10 when they take on arch-rival LSU at Zephyr Field at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE.