April 29, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Holding on to a one-run lead, Tulane turned a game-ending triple-play to seal an 8-7 win over Nicholls State at Turchin Stadium on Wednesday.
With runners on first and second, Lee Molaison hit a ground ball to Tulane short stop Andy Cannizaro, who fielded the ball and tagged out Ed Marquez who tried to advance to third for out number one. Cannizaro then flipped the ball to James Jurries, for out number two at second base. Jurries relayed the ball to Mickey McKee at first to complete the climactic triple-play.
Barth Melius got the win for Tulane improving to 2-1 on the year. After relieving Jared Robinson in the fifth, Melius pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up two hits, no runs, while striking out five.
Tulane surged to an 8-2 lead after scoring five runs in the third inning. Jason Sparks, Steve Shirley, Jake Gautreau and Nick Herz all sent runs home in the third. The Colonels held the Wave scoreless for the remainder of the game.
The Colonels worked at the Tulane lead and came within one run of the Wave after a four-run fifth inning. Nicholls never lead the game, despite out hitting the Green Wave 15-9.
Leading the Wave at the plate, was Shirley who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored two runs. For Nicholls, Robert Davis and Jeff Loenard went 3-for-5.
Tulane travels to Missouri this weekend to play a three-game series against Saint Louis University. The first game is scheduled for Friday at 6:30.