April 21, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - A three run homer by Chad Sutter in the bottom of the ninth broke seven run tie to give Tulane (31-9) a 10-7 victory over Southeastern Louisiana (21-23) on Tuesday night.
A lead off home run by Southeastern's Adrain Newell gave the Lions an early lead, which SLU pushed to 3-0 after the second inning. But the Tulane bats came alive in the third inning as Matt Groff and James Jurries hit back-to-back home runs to cut the Lion advantage to 3-2.
Southeastern reclaimed a two-run cushion in the fourth when Gavin Fingleson singled in Newell. Tulane answered with two more runs in the fifth when Jurries notched his second solo homer of the game, and Andy Cannizaro scored on a Sutter RBI single, to even the score at 4-4.
Tulane took its first lead of the game in the sixth when Jurries recorded his third RBI of the night, scoring Mickey McKee. SLU responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.
A Jake Burnham homer in the bottom of the eighth brought Tulane level, but Southeastern took advantage of a Green Wave error in the top of the ninth to claim a 7-6 margin. In the botton of the ninth, Groff belted his second homer of the game, setting up Sutter's heroics.
Brandon Belanger (3-1) allowed just three hits over 2 1/3 innings to grab the win for Tulane, improving to 3-1 on the season. Javad Watson, who came in to pitch the ninth for SLU, took the loss to fall to 4-4.
Tulane's Jurries went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two home runs, while Sutter went 2-for-4 with a game-high four RBI. Groff went 2-for-4 with two homers, and Burnham also went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Tulane takes on cross-twon rival UNO Wednesday evening at Zephyr Field.
First pitch is at 7:05.