March 20, 1999
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Tulane (16-7, 0-2 CUSA) Green Wave dropped its second Conference USA game to UNC Charlotte (9-8, 2-0 CUSA) Saturday afternoon 3-16. UNCC scored multiple runs in all but two innings and held Tulane to eight hits. Jason Sparks hit his fifth home run of the season over center field in the eighth inning.
The Green Wave trailed by four in the third inning, but that would be the closest they would come to the 49ers all afternoon. Sparks was the only player to go long in today's game, with his solo in the eighth. He went 1-for-4.
Leading the Wave at the plate were Paul Boudreaux (RF) and James Jurries (2B). Boudreaux went 2-for-4, with one RBI early on in the third. He then scored in the fifth on a Matt Groff (SS) RBI single. Jurries went 2-for-3.
For UNCC, Bubba Pfister (2B) went 3-for-4 with one RBI, three runs scored, one triple and one single.
Tulane struggled on the mound giving up 15 earned runs and using five pitchers. Jared Robinson (2-1), who pitched one inning, picked up his first loss of the season, gave up four earned runs and struck out one. After going through Dan O'Gara, David Stinson and Brian Vogel, Barth Melius made his season debut and finished the game for the Wave. Melius, RHP, gave up one hit and struck out one batter in two innings of work.
Charlotte's Jason Stanford (3-4) pitched seven innings and chalked his third win of the year. He struck out 10 batters and walked one.
The teams meet on Sunday at noon for the final game in this series.