Baseball Loses Heartbreaker in Ninth Inning

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM James Jurries hit a two <br>run homer despite the <br>Green Wave's loss to <br>SLU on Sunday.
James Jurries hit a two
run homer despite the
Green Wave's loss to
SLU on Sunday.

May 2, 1999

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Despite overcoming a four run deficit and taking the lead going in to the bottom of the ninth, Tulane was defeated by Saint Louis University 10-9 on Sunday.

The Green Wave trailed 8-6 going into the ninth inning, but quickly tied the game as Ben Hutton walked Matt Groff to lead off the inning, setting the scene for a James Jurries two RBI home run to even the game. After the homer, Andy Cannizaro drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Dan Deschamp. As Steve Shirley grounded out to the short stop, Cannizaro scored the go ahead run.

The Billikens' won the game in the bottom of the ninth as Tulane closer Brandon Belanger walked the lead off batter and gave up RBI doubles to pinch hitter Mike Orrico and Deschamp.

Tulane jumped on the board early as Chad Sutter hit back to back two run homers in the first and third innings to put the Green Wave up 4-0. However, a strong Billiken offense took advantage of Tulane starter Dan O'Gara, as they scored six runs in the third, and two more in the fourth.

Tulane was lead by Sutter, who went 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBI, and Jurries, who went 2-for-4 with one home run and four RBI.

Robinson pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief, gave up three hits and no runs. Belanger fell to 3-2 on the season as he went 1 2/3 innings and gave up his first earned runs since March 19th , when he got the loss against UNC Charlotte.

SLU's RHP Ryan Warnecke improved to 5-6 on the season.

The Green Wave returns to action on Friday against South Florida at Turchin Stadium.