March 28, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior catcher Greg Dini went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and five RBI, and senior Cory Hahn overcame a slow start to strike out a career-high 13 as the Tulane University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Conference USA foe Charlotte Sunday with a 13-8 win at Turchin Stadium.
The 49ers jumped all over Hahn early on to take a 7-0 lead after one and a half innings, but the Green Wave plated four in the second, one in the third and six in the fourth to complete the comeback. After giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk in the first two innings, Hahn settled down to give up just one run on four hits in his final six innings of work to improve to 5-1 on the season.
With the win, Tulane ran its winning streak to six as the Green Wave improved to 19-7 overall and 5-1 in C-USA action. Charlotte, meanwhile, fell to 13-9 on the year and 3-3 in league play.
Hahn's 13 punchouts were the most by a Tulane pitcher since April 5, 2002 when then-junior Nick Bourgeois fanned 15 in an 11-2 win at Memphis en route to earning C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors. His previous career high for strikeouts was 11 against Cincinnati when Hahn was a freshman at the University of Kentucky back on April 24, 2001. In addition, the seven-run deficit was the largest whole the Green Wave had to dig itself out of since trailing 10-3 in the bottom of the ninth against Georgia State on March 4 before sending the game to the 10th where Tulane would win 11-10.
Charlotte starter Matt Landphair faced the minimum in the first and got junior left fielder Matt Barket to fly out to center to start the second. But sophomore right fielder Brian Bogusevic was hit by a pitch, and Dini hit his first home run of the day in the ensuing at-bat to cut the lead to 7-2. Junior first baseman Wes Swackhamer followed with a single to set up junior shortstop Tommy Manzella and sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard, who ripped an RBI-double to left central and a run-scoring single past a diving third baseman, respectively, to make it a three-run ballgame.
From there, Southard and junior second baseman Joe Holland hit back-to-back one-out singles to cut the lead to one and send Landphair to the dugout, and Barket singled off reliever Adam Mills to tie the game. Bogusevic gave the Green Wave its first lead of the day with a single to left center which allowed Holland to touch the paystation, and Dini blew the game open with a monster three-run shot to straight-away center to put Tulane on top 11-7.
The score would remain the same over the next two innings before Charlotte cut the lead to three on an RBI-double by Rochelle with nobody out in the top of the seventh, but Hahn battle back to strike out the side to strand the runner at second. After the senior right-hander tossed a scoreless eighth, Dini and Swackhamer hit back-to-back singles to open the home half of the frame, Manzella sacrificed the pair over with a bunt, and freshman Mark Hamilton provided the Green Wave with some insurance runs with a two-RBI base knock to right center to account for the final score.
Joey Charron relieved Hahn in the ninth and gave up just a single to put the exclamation point on the Tulane sweep.
Tulane returns to action on Wednesday, March 31 when the Green Wave plays host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.