April 10, 1999
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jake Burnham pounded two homers to lead Tulane (26-8, 9-2 C-USA) to a 6-3 win over conference rival Louisville (22-10, 4-7 C-USA) on Saturday.
It was touch and go for the Green Wave as every run scored until the fifth inning was answered with a run by Louisville. Burnham put the Wave on the board first in the second with a solo homer to left. In the third, Andy Cannizaro scored on a Damon Sementilli (3-4) balk, and Mickey McKee scored on a double play in the fourth. The Cardinals scored two runs on sacrifice flies by Kevin Martinez and Paul Brown. Rob Partin later scored on an error by Chad Sutter, tying the game at 3-3.
Tulane pulled ahead in the fifth as Burnham hit his second long ball of the game, giving the Wave a 4-3 advantage, which they would never relinquish. Insurance runs were added in the sixth, as James Jurries doubled McKee home, followed by Jason Sparks sacrifice fly to center.
Jared Berkowitz threw eight innings after a slow start and did not allow a run after the fourth. Berkowitz allowed only one earned run and struck out seven for his conference leading eighth win of the season. Brandon Belanger struck out the side in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season, just two behind the Tulane all-time saves record of 10.
The two teams complete the series at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday in Louisville.