Freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic belted a solo home run in the 10th inning to lead Tulane to a 6-5 win over TCU.
March 16, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic hit a leadoff home run into a stiff breeze in right center in the 10th inning to lift the Tulane University baseball team to a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Conference USA foe TCU Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
Bogusevic, who was 0-3 with a sacrifice fly before striding to the plate to lead off the 10th, got a belt-high fast ball from Horned Frog reliever Clint Mokry on the first pitch to left the Green Wave to its first league and road victory of the year. With the win, Tulane improves to 15-6 overall and 1-2 in C-USA play. TCU, meanwhile, falls to 13-10 on the year and 2-1 in league action.
Junior reliever Joey Charron (2-2) got the win for the Green Wave after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings and striking out three while holding TCU to just one hit. Tulane also got an excellent showing from freshman Ryan Martin who threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.
While the Tulane bullpen got the job done, the Green Wave bats came up big in the win as the boys in Olive and Blue tallied 11 hits. Senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan went 3-for 4 with a double and stole three bases.
Tulane took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-groundout by junior first baseman Michael Aubrey and sacrifice fly off the bat of Bogusevic, but the lead would not stand up the Horned Frogs scored five runs on as many hits in the third to chase Green Wave starter Billy Mohl from the contest.
Martin came on to put out the fire, and the Tulane bats came alive in the later innings as sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella ripped double, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI-groundout by junior catcher Brian Bormaster in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3.
The Green Wave tied the contest one inning later when pinch-hitter Turner Brumby was plunked by a Ryan Nesloney offering and senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan scored a double to the gap in right center, and the duo came around to score on a groundout by junior shortstop Tony Giarratano and a double by Aubrey, respectively.
Tulane had an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the ninth when Brumby hit a one-out double down the left field line and Kaplan followed with a single, but TCU reliever Ryan Weems was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly ball to end the inning.
While Martin kept the Horned Frogs off the board, the Tulane bats went back two work in the sixth when sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella hit a one-out double, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI-groundout by junior catcher Brian Bormaster.