Shortstop Tony Giarratano went 2-for-3 and tied a Tulane single-game record with four stolen bases Tuesday vs. UNO.
April 1, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - If freshman southpaw Brian Bogusevic was supposed to be worried about making his first collegiate start, or if he should have been concerned about the Privateers playing an April Fool's joke on him, someone forgot to tell Bogusevic.
The rookie from Oak Lawn, Ill., was in control from his first pitch through his final toss in the sixth, striking out six while giving up just six singles and no walks as the Tulane University baseball team defeated cross-town foe UNO 7-1 in game one of the Popeyes Cup Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium.
While Bogusevic (1-0) mowed on the mound, Tulane got solid offensive performances from junior shortstop Tony Giarratano, senior left fielder Aaron Feldman and junior third baseman Turner Brumby as the trio tallied two hits each. Giarratano, meanwhile, tied a Tulane single-game record with four stolen bases on the day as the Green Wave improved to 21-9 on the year. UNO, which was playing its first game since March 25's 5-4 win over LSU at Zephyr Field, fell to 15-13.
Bogusevic threw just 68 pitches through six innings to keep the Privateers at arms length and got some help from his defensive mates as the Green Wave turned a pair of double plays behind him and had three on the evening.
Tulane scored all the runs it would need in the second with a three-run inning followed by a pair of runs in the third and another two in the fourth. After the sixth, freshman Brandon Gomes came on in relief of Bogusevic, gave up just three hits and an unearned run in 1.1 innings before giving way to preseason All-Conference USA reliever Joey Charron who pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to close out the victory.
The Green Wave got on the board when Giarratano singled to lead off the second, advanced to third on a single by Feldman and scored when junior catcher Brian Bormaster reached on an error by UNO third baseman Austin Wasserman.
Bormaster went all the way to second on the miscue, Brumby singled in the next at-bat, and Bogusevic helped his own cause with a two-RBI double to give Tulane a 3-0 lead.
One inning later, freshman right fielder Nathan Southard drilled a leadoff double and junior first baseman Michael Aubrey worked 1-2 count into a walk, and Feldman plated the pair with a hit-and-run single to give the Green Wave a 5-0 lead.
Then, in the fourth, Southard drew a one-out walk, Aubrey laced an RBI-triple to right center, and the preseason All-American scored following a stolen base by Giarratano as UNO catcher Mike Sanchez's throw to second sailed into centerfield.
Tulane's bid for a shutout ended in the eighth when Wasserman reached on an error, advanced to third on a single by Joe Pietro, and scored on an RBI-single by pinch-hitter Drew Pizza. From there, Tulane handed the ball to Charron. The junior reliever threw just one pitch to Chris Adams as the UNO first baseman hit into a 3-6-3 double play to end the Privateer rally.
The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, April 4 when they travel to Kannapolis, N.C., where Tulane will take on Conference USA foe Charlotte at 1 p.m. at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium. The game was originally slated to be played on the 49ers' campus at Tom and Lib Phillips Field, but unplayable conditions forced the move to the area's minor-league stadium. Tulane and Charlotte will play again on Saturday at 12 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 11 a.m.