Baseball Hammers Southern Miss, 17-5, To Clinch C-USA Series

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior first baseman Brian Bormaster was one of three players to post a three-hit day in Tulane's 17-5 win over Southern Miss on Saturday.
Senior first baseman Brian Bormaster was one of three players to post a three-hit day in Tulane's 17-5 win over Southern Miss on Saturday.

April 24, 2004

Final Stats

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Green Wave plated eight runs in the first and sophomore southpaw Brian Bogusevic struck out a career-high 10 in a 7.0-inning start as the 18th- ranked Tulane University baseball team defeated No. 11 Southern Miss, 17-5, Saturday afternoon in Conference USA action at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane pounded out 17 hits in the win, including three-hit performances by junior second baseman Joe Holland, junior right fielder Matt Barket and senior first baseman Brian Bormaster, and both Barket and sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard tallied four RBI in the win to clinch the series victory.

With the win, Tulane has now won 10 of the last 11 regular-season meetings between the two schools at the on-campus facility, as the Green Wave improve to 29-12 on the year and 12-5 in C-USA action. Southern Miss, meanwhile, falls to 30-10 overall and 12-5 in league play.

The Green Wave and Southern Miss will close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:07 p.m. In addition to being broadcast on the radio at WRBH, 88.3 fm and livestats offered on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com, the game will also be televised live on Cox 10 with Larry Matson and Bob Del Giorno, Jr., bringing baseball fans all the action from Turchin. The game will be rebroadcast on Cox Sports Television (local Channel 37) on Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

For the second consecutive day, Tulane jumped on the Golden Eagles early in the contest as Southard was plunked on the first pitch thrown by Southern Miss starter Anthony DeWitt, Holland followed with a double, and Barket scored the pair with an RBI single in the ensuing at-bat to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Junior catcher Greg Dini and Bormaster hit back-to-back singles to load the bases, and following a strikeout by junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer, Bogusevic drew a bases-loaded walk to run the score to 3-0.



DeWitt was chased from the game with an 0-2 count to Bogusevic, but reliever Daniel Best did not fare much better as the Tulane pitcher completed his plate appearance by taking a strike and two more out of the zone, sophomore third baseman Tim Guidry ripped a two-run single to left center, and Southard followed with a three-run bomb off the right-field foul poll to put the finishing touches on the eight-run stanza.

Southern Miss scored in the top of the second on a two-out solo home run by catcher Brad Willcutt, but the Green Wave answered with a pair of runs in the home half of the frame courtesy of an RBI-double by Swackhamer and a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Bogusevic to make it 10-1 contest.

The game settled down over the next two innings as neither team put up a run in the third or fourth innings, and Southern Miss cut the lead to eight in the top of the fifth on a one-out, RBI-double by shortstop Matt Shepherd.

In the bottom of the sixth, however, the Tulane offense came back to life to score five runs on four hits - including a two-run homer by Barket - and three walks.

The Golden Eagles would score single runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, and Tulane plated a pair in the bottom of the seventh, but it was all academic at that point as the Green Wave took control of the game from the get-go and never let off the gas.

Bogusevic, who gave up three runs on eight hits while walking three, helped his own cause by going 1-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks, a sac fly and a pair of RBI. The Green Wave defense also did a good job behind him as Tulane did not commit and error for the third consecutive game.

After committing five errors on Friday night, Southern Miss also played flawless defense, but four USM hurlers combined for eight walks - including five by senior lefty Ray Antonelli - and hit a batter. DeWitt (6-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up six earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out one in the shortest start of his career. Best was roughed up for eight run on 11 hits in 5.0 innings of relief, and Antonelli gave up three runs on a hit and five walks. The best relief performance came from the third man out of the bullpen, Nathan Sanders, who gave up just one hit and no runs in his first Division I pitching performance of his career.