April 16, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - A Jake Burnham grand slam and an eight-run eighth inning boosted Tulane (29-8, 11-2 C-USA) to a 12-4 victory over conference rival Houston (22-17, 10-3 C-USA) on Friday night.
With the Cougars up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Burnham (LF) crushed his first grand slam of his career over the right field fence putting the Wave up 4-3. With the homer, Burnham snapped Houston pitcher Kyle Crowell's 34 2/3 scoreless inning streak, and extended Tulane's home run streak to 21 consecutive games.
The Cougar's tied the game in the fourth on an Aaron Meleback (SS) RBI single.
The game remained tied until the eighth when Mickey McKee (1B) singled to left with the bases loaded sending two runs home giving Tulane a 6-4 advantage. The inning was far from over as the Wave scored six runs with two outs. Matt Groff (CF) and Jason Sparks (RF) both hit two RBI singles, while Andy Cannizaro (SS) and Chad Sutter (C) each added an RBI of their own.
For the Green Wave, RHP Henry Bonilla (7-1) went eight plus innings, scattered eight hits and struck out seven. Brandon Belanger retired the side in the ninth, striking out one. Crowell dropped to 6-2 on the year.
The teams square off on Saturday at Turchin Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.