March 19, 2003
BATON ROUGE, La. - Junior first baseman Michael Aubrey went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two stolen bases and two RBI, and the Green Wave got a solid outing out of freshman starter Brandon Gomes as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana 8-4 Wednesday evening at Alex Box Stadium.
Aubrey led the Green Wave's 14-hit showing against the Lions in a game that was moved to Baton Rouge due to unplayable conditions at Hammond's Alumni Field. With the win, Tulane improves to 16-6 on the year and completes the season sweep of the Lions after defeating SLU 7-1 back on Feb. 25 at Turchin Stadium. Southeastern, meanwhile, falls to 6-10.
Gomes (1-0) struck out six and walked none in 5.1 innings of work while giving up two runs on five hits to earn his first career victory. Gomes got some help from his defensive mates as Tulane turned a double-play in the second to get out of a bases-loaded jam, and another in the third to get out of the inning.
With the game scoreless after three innings, Tulane got on the board in the fourth when junior shortstop Tony Giarratano and Aubrey hit back-to-back singles and sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella drove the pair home with a double to center to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.
Junior catcher Brian Bormaster was hit by a wayward pitch by Lions' starter Jeremy Mizell one batter later, and junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer hit a two-out single up the middle to give Tulane a four-run advantage.
Southeastern cut the lead in half in the sixth when Graham Martin singled and Anthony Garibaldi doubled to open the frame, and Jeff Janzen ripped a two-run triple to center to make it 4-2. The Lions had a chance to cut the lead to one when Russel Taylor hit a grounder to third, but Tulane's Corey Penedo threw home and cut down Janzen at the plate to thwart the rally.
Southeastern got two runs back in the home half of the inning, but Tulane answered in the eighth on a hot shot up the middle off the bat of Kaplan to plate Nathan Southard from third to account for the final run of the ballgame.
Tulane returns to action on Friday, March 21 when they play host to Conference USA foe Memphis at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. Friday's contest is the first of a three-game slate as the Green Wave and the Tigers play at 2 p.m. on Saturday before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.