Baseball Defeats Memphis, 5-3

Jurries hits a three-run homer in win.

April 24, 1999

NEW ORLEANS - James Jurries hit a three-run home run, his 16th, and Andy Cannizaro went 4-for-4 as 16th-ranked Tulane defeated visiting Memphis, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium. The win, Tulane's 14th in its last 15 Conference USA games, kept the Green Wave on top of the league standings.

Tulane (33-10, 14-3 C-USA) got solid pitching from starter Jared Berkowitz (10-2), who allowed six hits and a pair of unearned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Closer Brandon Belanger struck out three in the final 2 2/3 innings for his ninth save.

The Green Wave took a 1-0 first-inning lead on a Jason Sparks ground out. Tulane added to its lead in the second, when Mickey McKee walked and Nick Herz was hit by pitch ahead of Jurries opposite-field homer to right. With the home run, Jurries tied the school's freshman record for homers.

Cannizaro singled home Matt Groff in the fourth to give Tulane a 5-0 lead. Berkowitz held Memphis (23-17, 10-7 C-USA) scoreless until the seventh, when the Tigers scored twice on a base hit by Nate Sams and a ground out by Jay Fik.

Memphis added its final run off Belanger in the eighth on an error by Wave first baseman Mickey McKee.

Tiger starter Josh Stewart (5-3) took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in seven complete innings of work.

The two teams complete their three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.