April 15, 1999
METAIRIE, La. - In front of a Zephyr Field sell-out crowd of 10,727, the Green Wave (28-8) scored 15 runs on 15 hits, to defeat the Tigers 15-10, and post the most runs Tulane ever recorded against LSU (24-14).
The Tigers put five runs on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of a shaky Tulane start on the mound. Chad Sutter (C) answered the quick start by the Tigers with a two RBI home run to left field off LSU starter Brian Tallet. Against Tallet in 1999, Sutter has gone 3-for-4 with three home runs. Mickey McKee (1B) hit his first home run of the season to center field in the second, to bring the Wave within two runs of LSU.
The Green Wave exploded in the third and scored 10 runs including Sutter's second two RBI homer of the game. For the inning, Jake Gautreau (3B), Sutter and Andy Cannizaro (SS) each recorded RBI doubles in the Wave rally. Entering the fourth inning, Tulane lead LSU 13-6.
LSU threatened in the fifth scoring three runs, but RHP Barth Melius contained the Tigers until the eighth, before being replaced by closer Brandon Belanger. Melius (1-0), who relieved Raul Echeverz in the third, pitched five plus innings giving up seven hits and four earned runs. Tiger pitcher Jeremy Loftice (0-1) got the loss.
At the plate for the Wave, Sutter went 3-for-4 with a game-high five RBI and scored three runs, while Cannizaro was 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Tulane hosts Houston on Friday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Wave and Cougars are tied for first place in Conference USA and are scheduled to play a three game series.