May 12, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Chad Sutter set a Tulane (40-13) career RBI record as the Green Wave defeated Southwestern Louisiana (33-20)12-3 on Tuesday.
This is the fourth year in a row, and the fifth time in six seasons, that Tulane has reached the 40 plus wins mark.
The Green Wave took control as they put up nine runs and held the Ragin scoreless after three innings of play. They scored five runs in the second inning, beginning with a Jake Burnham lead off home run. Matt Groff, James Jurries, Nick Herz, Andy Cannizaro and Chad Sutter each drove in runs in the two-inning rally.
USL's first run of the evening was a solo-shot by Nathan Nelson over the left field wall. The Ragin Cajuns posted two more runs on the board for the evening.
In the seventh, USL's Buddy Yen gave up two runs as he hit Cannizaro and walked Sutter, both with the bases loaded. With the walk, Sutter sent home his 273 career RBI, which broke the previous record, 272, held by Dan Wagner.
Steve Shirley homered over the center field wall in the eighth, giving Tulane the 12-3 advantage.
At the plate for the Wave, Groff went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Cannizaro recorded a game high three RBI, going 1-for-3 on the evening.
Raul Echeverz improved to 5-2 on the season as he picked up the win for the Green Wave. Through 5 1/3 innings of work, Echeverz struck out a season high eight batters, walked three and gave up two earned runs. Jeremiah Hood pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, while striking out two.
For USL, Willis Lally went 1 1/3 innings, gave up five runs and fell to 1-1 on the year.
Tulane travels to Southern Mississippi this weekend for its final
Conference USA series of the season. The first game of the series is
scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m.