March 25, 1999
A first inning home run by Chad Sutter gave Tulane (18-7, 1-2 C-USA) the momentum they needed to defeat LSU (18-8, 3-3 SEC) 5-3 on Wednesday evening. The Green Wave win was the first in Alex Box Stadium since 1994.
The Green Wave jumped on the board first with Sutter's (C) two RBI homer in the first. LSU answered back scoring one run in the third. With a never say die attitude, the Wave battled for every run. In the third Tulane's Jake Burnham (LF) reached on a lead off double to center and then scored on a Trey Hodges (RHP) wild pitch. Jake Gautreau (3B) then scored on an error by the Tiger's second baseman. Cederic Harris (CF) drove in LSU's second run with a sacrifice fly to center field, but the Tigers still trailed 4-2 in the fifth. A Brandon Belanger (RHP/RF) RBI single to center gave Tulane the 5-2 lead. LSU could only muster one last run, which was a solo home run by Jeff Leaumont (1B), his eighth of the season.
Getting the win for the Green Wave was LHP Raul Echeverz who relieved starting pitcher Henry Bonilla (RHP) in the fourth inning.
Leading the Wave at the plate was second baseman James Jurries who went 3-for-4 with one run scored and his sixth double of the year. Belanger went 2-for-3 with one RBI and his second double of the year. He also picked up his fifth save of the season. Sutter went 1-for-4, hit a game-high two RBI and his eighth home run of the season.
Tulane returns to action this weekend when they host conference rival Cincinnati on Friday at Turchin Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.