Tulane Falls to South Florida, 4-2



May 9, 1999

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane (39-13, 18-6 C-USA) was held to two runs and six hits as South Florida (27-25, 13-11 C-USA) defeated the Green Wave 4-2 on Sunday.

South Florida took the series with the win, marking the first time in three years the Green Wave has lost a Conference USA series at Turchin Stadium.

Heading into the second inning, the score was tied at on run each as USF's Ben Drawdy and Tulane's Chad Sutter each sent runs home for their respective teams. The RBI single by Sutter, brought him with in one RBI of tying the Tulane career record held by Dan Wagner, which stands at 272.

The Bulls took the lead in the fourth as Mike Barclay grounded out to short stop Andy Cannizaro, allowing Drawdy to score. Tulane answered in the sixth, Steve Shirley hit a sacrifice fly to center and sent Sutter home to tie the game at 2-2.

South Florida sealed the game in the eighth, when Barclay hit a two RBI double down the left field line, putting the Bulls up 4-2.

Pitching was a major factor as Tulane starter Dan O'Gara went 6 2/3 innings, scattered six hit and gave up two unearned runs before being replaced by Brandon Belanger in the seventh. Belanger went 2 1/3 innings, struck out two and gave up two runs. Belanger is now 3-3 on the season.

USF's John Gorham picked up the win improving to 4-2 on the year. He pitched a scoreless four innings and struck out three.

Tulane plays Southwestern Louisiana on Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. This is a make-up game for the match up that was rain out on March 30th.