Baseball Crushes South Florida, 17-4



May 8, 1999

NEW ORLEANS, La - Tulane (39-11, 18-4 C-USA) crushed six home runs on it way to a 17-4 victory over South Florida (25-14, 11-11 C-USA) on Friday evening.

The Green Wave took an early 4-0 in the bottom of the first as Jason Sparks sent in a run and scored on a catcher's error, followed by a wild pitch that allowed Chad Sutter to score. Rounding out the inning was a solo home run to left by Steve Shirley.

The Bulls fought back in the second and scored two runs to cut Tulane's lead in half. In the fourth USF's Otis Dixon smashed a home run over the center field wall to bring the Bulls with in one run, 4-3. That was the closest the Bulls would get as the Wave exploded in the fourth scoring six runs. The rally began with Shirley's second home run of the evening, and included a James Jurries two RBI triple, as well as, a Jason Sparks home run into left.

Entering the fifth inning, Tulane led 10-3, and quickly put four more runs on the board as Matt Groff, Andy Cannizaro, and Jurries sent runs home. Tulane's evening was capped off by a two run shot by Jake Gautreau, over the right field fence to give the Green Wave its final runs of the night.

Steve Shirley went 3-for-4 and hit back to back solo home runs to lead the Green Wave's offensive attack. Gautreau went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Sparks was 3-for-5 with three RBI.

Tulane's RHP Henry Bonilla pitched seven innings and improved to 10-1 on the season. He scattered nine hits, gave up two earned runs and struck out six.

USF's Scott Glaser (11-4) got the loss, giving up 13 runs while striking out seven.

The teams play Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.