May 4, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior right-hander Cory Hahn pitched 7.0 shutout innings and the Green Wave got home runs from junior first baseman Michael Aubrey, freshman designated hitter Brian Bogusevic and junior catcher Brian Bormaster as the Tulane University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Conference USA foe Cincinnati 10-2 Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
Hahn, who missed last week's start due to a groin injury, scattered five singles while striking out three with just one walk, and allowed just four Bearcats to reach scoring position in his first action since April 20. Aubrey went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and four RBI, and Bogusevic went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Green Wave's 16-hit offensive attack.
With the win, Tulane runs its school-record winning streak at Turchin Stadium to 23 games while the Green Wave improve to 36-13 overall and 17-7 in C-USA play. Sunday's win, combined with a 7-3 loss by league-leader Southern Miss at East Carolina, puts Tulane just one game out of the conference lead as the Golden Eagles and the TCU Horned Frogs share the best league record at 18-6. Cincinnati, meanwhile, falls to 13-34 on the year and 5-18 in league action.
Senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan, sophomore designated hitter Wes Swackhamer and senior right fielder Aaron Feldman joined Aubrey and Bogusevic in the multiple-hit category with two hits each. Kaplan, who led C-USA with 37 steals coming into the weekend, padded his lead with a pair of thefts on Sunday.
Tulane wasted little time getting runs on the board as junior shortstop Tony Giarratano ripped a one-out double to right field in the first inning, and Aubrey followed with his 12th home run of the year over the wall in right central to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.
Following a scoreless fourth, Tulane added single runs in the fifth and sixth on an RBI-single by Bogusevic to plate Feldman from second and an RBI-groundout by Aubrey to score Kaplan from third, respectively.
Hahn, meanwhile, cruised for most of his outing and pitched his way out of a few jams to improve to 8-1 on the year. The Bearcats had a runner at third base in the first inning, but with two outs, Hahn struck out clean-up hitter Aaron Moll to escape the inning unscathed. He retired the side in order over the next two innings, and gave up just one single in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Cincinnati had something going in the seventh when Moll led off with a single, advanced to second on a one-out walk by Brad Dorrmann, and the Bearcats loaded the bases one at-bat later on a single by second baseman Drew Saylor. Hahn bounced back, however, to get pinch-hitter Jack Nelson to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to close out his day.
Cincinnati avoided the shutout in the eighth when Justin Niefer drew a one-out walk off Tulane reliever Billy Mohl, Mark Muscenti followed with a single, and after a successful double-steal, Neifer was able to score from third on a Green Wave error to make it 8-1. Muscenti touched the paystation one at-bat later on an RBI-groundout by Jon DeLuca, but Tulane got the two runs back in the bottom of the frame on a leadoff home run by Bormaster and an RBI-double by Aubrey to plate Kaplan from second after the speedy outfielder singled and advanced a base on an error by Moll in right field to close out the scoring.
Tulane will enjoy a rare week off in midweek play before returning to C-USA action on Friday, May 9 when they travel to Kentucky to open a three-game series with Louisville. Following the three-game slate with the Cardinals, Tulane closes out the regular season with a Tuesday night Popeyes Cup contest against UNO at Zephyr Field and a three-game slate against conference opponent East Carolina beginning on Thursday, May 15.