March 31, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore Brian Bogusevic struck out five and scattered five hits, and junior shortstop Tommy Manzella went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Nicholl State, 4-0, Wednesday evening at Turchin Stadium.
The Colonels kept the Green Wave offense off balance for most of the day as Nicholls used five pitcher in an every-other-inning rotation to hold Tulane to six hits, but the home team capitalized on seven walks and six stolen bases to stretch its winning streak to a season-best seven games. With the win, Tulane improves to 20-7 on the year, while Nicholls State falls to 9-17.
The shutout was the sixth of the year for Tulane, which is the most for the Green Wave since 1980 when the squad posted half a dozen all season. Bogusevic (4-2) got the win after giving up just one walk in a seven-inning start, and sophomore Matt Goebel and senior Joey Charron tossed perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to seal the victory.
Tulane wasted little time getting on the board as sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Brian Bormasters. It was a similar story one inning later when Bogusevic drew a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on a steal and a groundout, and touched the paystation on a two-out base hit by Manzella to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.
After stranding runners on the corners in the third, Tulane made it 3-0 in the fourth when Manzella reached on a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came around to score on a two-out double by Southard. Manzella also closed out the scoring two innings later when he singled, moved 180 feet via steal and a groundout, and came home on a run-scoring single by Southard.
One inning later, Nicholls had the bases loaded with nobody out, but the southpaw answered with a fielder's choice chopper that saw right fielder Bubba Bell get thrown out at the plate, a pop-up to short off the bat of third baseman Jeremy Helton and a hot shot to third by Jacob Naquin that Bormaster was able to glove and step on the bag for the final out of the stanza.
Then, in the seventh, Nicholls had a runner at second with nobody out as Hatch reached on an error and went to third on the miscue, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on a ground ball to short off the bat of Tano. Tano got caught leaning too far off the base during the ensuing at-bat and Bogusevic recorded his second pickoff of the day.
Tulane returns to action on Friday, April 2 when the Green Wave travel to Ohio where they will open a three-game tilt against C-USA foe Cincinnati at 5:30 p.m. in Amelia. All three games, as well as Wednesday's game against the Colonels, will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane Baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM.