April 18, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Despite rallying in the fifth to cut a 10 run Cougar lead in half, Tulane (30-9, 12-3 C-USA) fell to Houston (23-18, 11-4 C-USA) 13-8 on Sunday. On the weekend, the Green Wave went 2-1 in the three game series against the Cougars and secured a first place standing in Conference USA.
Houston took an early lead in the first inning on a three RBI home run by Jarrod Bitter (C) and never looked back. Tulane's Jake Burnham (LF) hit his second home run of the series in the bottom of the first, driving in two runs, to tighten the gap between the Wave and the Cougars. A one run deficit would be as close to Houston as Tulane would get. The Cougars exploded with a seven-run third inning, and brought its lead to 12-2 scoring two more runs in the fifth.
Tulane fought back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on four Cougar errors, cutting the lead 12-6. The Wave's last offensive effort came in the seventh, but the two runs collected were not enough to take the lead.
Burnham led the Green Wave going 2-for-5 with three RBI and one home run. Andy Cannizaro (SS) went 2-for-5 scoring three runs and driving one run home.
RHP Dan O'Gara (5-1) picked up his first loss of the season after pitching two plus innings and giving up six runs. Earning the win for Houston was RHP Bryan Moore who improved to 5-2 on the year.
Tulane hosts Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.