Baseball Tames Tigers, 5-0



April 23, 1999

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Pitcher Henry Bonilla allowed just two hits over nine innings for his first career shutout, as No. 16 Tulane posted a 5-0

win over Conference USA rival Memphis at Turchin Stadium on Friday.

The right-handed Bonilla (8-1) allowed just three base runners in the complete game win, notching eight strikeouts while allowing just one walk. He threw six complete innings before allowing a hit and faced just three batters in seven of nine innings.

Tulane improved to 32-10, 13-3 in league action with the win, while Memphis dropped to 23-16-1 and is 10-6 in C-USA play. Starter Chad House (5-3) took the loss for the Tigers, giving up five earned runs in eight complete innings with four walks and seven strikeouts. With those seven strikeouts, House moved into first place on the Tiger career strikeouts list.

The Green Wave got on the board early, as Jason Sparks blasted a two-run homer over the left-center field wall in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Chad Sutter who had reached on a walk. Tulane added to the lead in the fifth. Matt Groff singled to start the rally, and scored from first a batter later when James Jurries doubled down the left field line. After moving to third on a Sutter single, Jurries pushed the Wave advantage to 4-0 when he scored on a Sparks sacrifice fly. Mickey McKee added a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to give Tulane the final 5-0 margin.

Sparks made the most of his one official at-bat, registering a 1-for-1 showing at the plate with three RBI. In addition to his homer and sac fly, he also walked and was hit by a pitch. Groff was the only Wave player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.

McKee led the Green Wave defensive effort with 11 putouts from first base, while Sutter added nine from behind the plate.

The two teams return to action on Saturday with game two of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Tulane's Turchin Stadium.