Brandon Belanger set a
new Tulane single-season
saves record with his
11th against UNO.
April 27, 1999
METAIRIE, La. - Tulane (35-10) took possession of the Cross-Town Cup on Tuesday with a 7-4 victory over UNO (20-26) at Zephyr Field.
In front of a crowd of 1,676 fans, a Jason Sparks double in the fifth drove in two runs to break a 3-3 tie, giving Tulane a 5-3 advantage and a lead they would never relinquish.
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UNO jumped on the board first, scoring two runs in the second on an RBI triple by Rob Stine and a single by Mac Harer. The Privateers added an additional run in the third, as Chris Avans singled to center, putting the Privateers up 3-0.
In the third, Steve Shirley scored the first Tulane run on a James Jurries ground out. Jake Gautreau followed with an RBI single to right in the fourth inning, before Mickey McKee leveled the game with a sacrifice fly allowing Jake Burnham to score.
In the sixth, the Tulane scored two unearned runs to put the Green Wave ahead 7-4.
For the Wave, Raul Echeverz (3-3) went 7 1/3 innings, scattered seven hits and struck out four on his way to the win. Brandon Belanger finished the game and picked up his 11th save of the season, striking out four of the five batters he faced. With the save, Belanger set a new Tulane single season saves record.
UNO's Brady Benoit took the loss for the Privateers, falling to 2-5 on the year.
Tulane plays Nicholls State at Turchin Stadium Wednesday evening. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.