April 17, 2001
METAIRIE, La.-Freshman Michael Aubrey did it all for the Wave on the mound and at the plate to lead Tulane (32-8) past UNO (18-20) 15-9 at Zephyr Field on Tuesday. The win gave Tulane the season series with its crosstown rival and kept its perfect (9-0) record vs. in-state opponents intact.
In his sixth start of the season, Aubrey (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win and struck out a career high eight. The Baseball America Midseason Freshman of the Year went five innings, scattered six hits, gave up three runs and walked just one in the best mound performance of his career to date. At the plate, Aubrey was 3-for-5 with one RBI.
The game was tight in the early going as the teams were tied 1-1 after three innings. The Green Wave's Matt Mann scored his second run of the game on an Andy Cannizaro single in the fourth inning to give the Wave a narrow 2-1 lead.
Tulane extended its lead in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs, all with two outs. Sloppy defense hurt UNO as three of the seven runs scored on a wild pitch and an error by the Privateer catcher. Jon Kaplan and Aaron Feldman each sent in a run on singles hit through the left side. Jake Gautreau capped off the inning with a commanding two-run home run into right.
On the evening Gautreau was 3-for-5 with five RBI and a pair of home runs. The three hits are the most Gautreau has recorded in a single game since March 11th and the five RBI is a season high.
Tulane led UNO 11-4 heading into the eighth inning. The Wave scored a
pair of runs in the eighth on singles by Anthony Giarratano and Scott
Madden. Gautreau added the final two runs in the ninth on a shot over
the fence in right.
Tulane's Kaplan had a two-hit night, while Matt Groff recorded three hits.
The losing pitcher was UNO reliever Jeff Stander (2-2) who gave up two runs in two innings. He struck out three and allowed five Green Wave hits.
Tulane travels to Southern Miss for a three game Conference USA series with the Golden Eagles beginning on Friday, April 20. First pitch is 6:30p.m. at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.