April 17, 1999
In front of 2579 fans, a daytime Turchin Stadium Conference USA record crowd, Jared Berkowitz pitched his first career shutout as Tulane (30-8, 12-2 C-USA) defeated Houston (22-18, 10-4 C-USA) 4-0 on Saturday.
The Green Wave recorded their last shutout with a 5-0 win over Memphis exactly one year ago.
It was a pitcher's dual until the end, as Tulane LHP Berkowitz (9-2) completed his third game of the season, giving up only two hits, striking out 10 and walking none. Berkowitz pitched a perfect 4 1/3 innings before giving up his first hit to Houston's Jayme Sperring (1B). In C-USA play, Berkowitz is undefeated through five games.
Houston LHP Shane Nance dropped to 4-4 on the season.
The Green Wave took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after Mickey McKee singled and scored in an error by Cougar shortstop Aaron Melebeck. In the sixth, James Jurries (2B) singled into left, sending Jake Gautreau (3B) home, and advanced to third on an Andy Cannizaro (SS) single to center. Chad Sutter (C) then doubled, to give Tulane the 4-0 advantage.
Leading Tulane at the plate was Sutter who went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Tulane and Houston play on Sunday at 1p.m., at Turchin Stadium.