March 26, 2003
LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana-Lafayette catcher Ryan Core hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Tulane University baseball team lost to the host Ragin' Cajuns 9-8 Wednesday night at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
Tulane led 8-6 going into the bottom of the ninth but Bryan Sneed walked, Phillip Hawke ripped a double off the wall in the right central before Core's game-winning bomb. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Green Wave as Tulane falls to 19-7. The Cajuns, meanwhile, improve to 8-20 on the year.
Tulane took an early lead as junior shortstop Tony Giarratano hit a solo home run in the first, the Green Wave plated a pair of runs in the third and Giarratano hit an RBI-single to score senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan from second to stake the boys in olive and blue to a 4-0 advantage.
The lead would not stand up, though, as the Cajuns got a big inning in the fifth when Dallas Morris singled and Ray Dees was hit by a pitch to open the frame to chase Green Wave starter Brandon Gomes from the game. Billy Mohl came on, but was greeted roughly as Jason Wilson hit a three-run homer, Corey Coles doubled and Sneed ripped an RBI-single to center to tie the game.
The Green Wave plated a pair of runs in the top of the sixth courtesy of an RBI fielder's choice by Kaplan and a sacrifice fly by Giarratano, but UL-Lafayette came right back with back-to-back base hits to open the frame and cut the lead to one on a sacrifice fly by Morris to make it 6-5.
The two teams traded runs in the seventh on an RBI-triple by freshman left fielder Nathan Southard and an RBI-single off the bat of Saloom, respectively.
The Green Wave had a chance to break the game open in the eighth when Giarratano and Aubrey singled and walked and freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic scorched a ball to third, but there was a collision at the bag and Giarratano was called out for interference the Cajuns were able to get out of the inning unscathed on hitter later when sophomore second baseman fouled out.
UL-Lafayette tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the inning when Kevin Preau singled off freshman reliever Ryan Martin, but the Green Wave went to Joey Charron. Charron responded with a pickoff and got out of the inning unscathed, but the Cajuns plated three in the ninth to steal the victory.
The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, March 28 when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to open a Conference USA weekend against Southern Miss.