Lions Upset No. 21 Baseball, 10-8



April 7, 1999

HAMMOND, La. - - Southeastern Louisiana University's baseball team defeated #21 Tulane University 10-8 in Hammond Wednesday night in the eighth annual Ponchartrain Cup in front of a crowd of 1,115.

The Green Wave (24-8) pitching staff gave up 10 walks, while the SLU pitching corps only allowed four.

SLU's last win over the Greenies was in 1997 in Hammond for the sixth annual Ponchartrain Cup. The home team has won every game for the Ponchartrain Cup series. The win also snapped an eight-game winning streak for Tulane. The Ponchartrain Cup series was initated in 1992 by Senator Hainkel.

Ray Hoffman hit his seventh home run of the season to put SLU up 2-0 in the first inning. The Wave came back with a five run effort in the second. The Lions matched the five spot with five runs of their own in the bottom of the third to take the lead 7-5.

The Wave evened the score in the fourth scoring a run off a Andy Cannizaro sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.

Tulane took the lead in the fifth with a solo home run from Jake Burnham. The Lions reciprocated with one of their own off an Adrian Newell sac fly that chased Scott Usry across the plate.

The Lions scored the go ahead run in the seventh, and SLU scored a insurance run in the eighth. Chris O'Brien earned the win for SLU and is now 3-4. Scott Pitarro got the save. The loss was pinned to Jared Robinson who is now 2-2 on the year.

Hoffman has been SLU's hottest hitter as of late. For the past seven games, Hoffman has been batting .464 with a slugging percentage of 1.000. He is on a seven game hitting streak and has hit five home runs in the last seven games. In addition, he has 12 RBI and 28 total bases for the past 11 days.

Adrian Newell hit a hit his 16 double of the season and is only nine away from breaking the SLU and Southland Conference record for doubles in a season.

Tulane plays a three game series in Louisville this weekend.

TU  050 210 000 -  8 9 2
SLU 205 010 11x - 10 9 4

Carroll, Echeverz (3), Robinson (5), Belanger (7) and Sutter. St. Trosclair, Sh. Trosclair (2),Stempel (4), O'Brien (7), Pitarro (7) and Harold, Tidwell. HR- TU Burnham; SLU - Hoffman. Multiple hits: TU- Suter 3-5, Burnham 3-5; SLU - Newell 2-3, Fingleson 2-5. RBI: TU - Cannizaro 2, Sutter 2, Burham 1, Groff 1; SLU - Newell 2, Hoffman 2, Stephens 1, Usry 1, Labruzzo 2. LOB:TU - 7, SLU - 11. A - 1,115.