May 13, 2003
METAIRIE, La. - Freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic ripped an RBI-triple down the right field line in the bottom of the 14th inning to plate junior Golden Spikes Award finalist Michael Aubrey from first base to spark the Tulane University baseball team to a 5-4 victory over cross-town foe UNO in the Popeyes Cup finale Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
Tulane swept the three-game regular-season series with the Privateers to improve to 38-15 on the year and extended its home winning streak to 25 games with two games at "The Shrine on Airline" are factored into the equation. UNO, meanwhile, falls to 22-30.
Junior catcher Brian Bormaster, who went 2-for-6 in the game, tallied four caught-stealings, and sophomore reliever Kelly Comarda picked off a pair of Privateer runners to keep Tulane in the ballgame.
The Green Wave's junior shortstop Tony Giarratano was named Popeyes Cup MVP after going 6-for-14 in the series with a triple, a home run, two RBI and six stolen bases while playing flawless defense with seven putouts and 17 assists while helping turn four double plays.
It appeared that the game would go to at least the 15th inning as Privateer reliever David Gray retired the first two batters he faced in the what proved to be the final stanza, but Aubrey drew a five-pitch walk before Bogusevic belted a 1-0 pitch past first baseman Chris Adams to give Tulane its third extra-innings victory of the year.
Tulane had several opportunities to put the game away, holding a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning and having bases loaded in the 10th and 13th frames, but UNO thwarted the Green Wave rallies by tallying a school-record 18 strikeouts, including 10 by J.P. Martinez who held the home team scoreless on three hits from the sixth through 12th innings.
Tulane put the tying run in scoring position as Aubrey hit a leadoff single and stole second and was down to its final strike as Josh Euper and Gray recorded back-to-back strikeouts and Gray had pinch-hitter Turner Brumby facing a 1-2 count. Brumby fouled off several pitches, however, and worked the count full before drawing a base-on-balls, and sophomore designated hitter Gerald Clark kept the two-out rally going with an RBI-single up the middle to tie the game at 4-all.
Freshman right-hander Matt Goebel, who gave Tulane 3.0 solid innings of relief, retired the side in order in the top of the 14th, setting up Aubrey and Bogusevic's game-winning heroics.
Giarratano put Tulane on the board early with a solo home run to left in the first inning, but UNO took the lead in the foruth when Drew Pizza and Gabe Trevizo hit back-to-back singles to open the frame and the pair scored on an RBI-single by Mike Nuckles and a sacrifice fly by Domreis, respectively.
The Green Wave tied the score one inning later when sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella drew a leadoff walk and scored on a one-out double by Clark, and Bormaster put Tulane ahead 3-2 later in the frame with a two-out RBI single to score Clark from second base.
Goebel earned the win for Tulane to improve to 7-4 on the year, but the Green Wave also had solid pitching performances from starter Brandon Gomes, Joey Charron, Tyler Kimmons, Kelly Comarda and Ricky Fairchild in the win. Gomes went a career-long 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while strikeout out four and walking one.
Gray was nailed with the loss to fall to 2-1, but UNO also had solid pitching performances as starter Brandon Kling went five-plus innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out four. Mike Lovelace gave the Privateers a scoreless inning, and Euper went 0.1 innings before yielding to Gray who pitched the final 1.1 innings.
Tulane closes out the regular season with a three-game series against Conference USA foe East Carolina beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will square off again at 6:30 p.m. on Friday before closing out the series on Saturday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.