March 23, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane celebrated "Kids Take Over The Park Day" Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium, but it was the pitching of junior Cory Hahn and freshman Tyler Kimmons that took over as the Green Wave baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Conference USA foe Memphis with a 4-0 win.
While members of the Riptide Kids Club performed various duties around the stadium, Hahn and Kimmons took care of business on the mound as the Green Wave ran their winning streak to five games and improved to 19-6 on the year and 4-2 in C-USA play. Memphis, meanwhile, fell to 6-14 overall and 1-5 in league action.
Hahn was spectacular in a 6.2 inning start, striking out eight and walking three while scattering four singles to earn his fifth win of the year. Kimmons, who came on with two away and a runner on second in the seventh, retired all seven Tiger hitters he faced and posted four strikeouts to close out the Tulane victory.
The Green Wave also had a solid day at the plate, recording 11 hits to mark the 17th time in 2003 the team has posted double-digit hit totals. Junior shortstop Tony Giarratano led the way with a 3-for-3 showing, and junior first baseman Michael Aubrey and sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella both went 2-for-4.
Tulane had five hits and a pair of walks through the first four innings, but had nothing to show for it as Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski (0-1) was able to pitch his way out of a few jams.
The Green Wave would get all the runs they would need in the fifth, however, when freshman third baseman Corey Penedo hit a leadoff single, senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan was hit by a pitch and Giarratano had a base hit to load the bases with nobody out. Aubrey provided Tulane with its first runs of the day one at-bat later with a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield.
Gostkowski was nailed with the loss after giving up four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out four and walking two in five-plus innings of work. Memphis got a solid relief effort from Brandon Rowan - one hit and three strikeouts in three innings - to keep the Green Wave off the board in the rest of the way.
The Green Wave returns to action on Wednesday, March 26 when they travel to Cajun Country to take on Louisiana-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.