Baseball Holds off Saint Louis for 16-11 Win



May 1, 1999

ST. LOUIS - Tulane (38-10, 17-3 C-USA) pounded out 23 hits for the second consecutive day and held off a late Saint Louis (12-32, 2-18 C-USA) rally to defeat the Billikens 16-11 on Saturday.

Tulane designated hitter Steve Shirley had four hits in his first four at bats to give him nine straight hits in the series before flying out to left field to break the streak in the seventh. Jake Burnham was 3-for-5 including his second grand slam of the year, as Tulane opened up a 13-3 lead after four and a half innings.

SLUs Brian Haddocks three-run double in the bottom of the fifth cut the Green Wave lead to 13-7.

Tulane added insurance in the sixth inning on a solo home run by James Jurries to center, his 17th of the year. The home run set the freshman record for home runs in a single season at Tulane.

The Wave added two more in the top of the ninth on a bases loaded double by Matt Groff.

Brandon Belanger pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for his school record 13th save of the year. Jared Berkowitz went the first six innings allowing nine hits and six earned runs, for his team leading 11th win of the year.

The teams wrap up the series at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.