May 18, 2001
METAIRIE, La. - The Tulane (47-10) baseball team eliminated Charlotte (24-31) from the 2001 FedEx Conference USA Tournament with a 6-2 win on Friday at Zephyr Field.
James Jurries blasted his ninth home run in the second inning, giving Tulane an early 1-0 lead it would not relinquish. On the game Jurries was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Wave added a second run in the sixth on an error by the Charlotte third baseman. The 49ers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Green Wave held a 2-1 advantage.
In the seventh inning, Andy Cannizaro hit a one-out double and broke the Tulane career record with his 80th career double. Cannizaro also tied the single-season record with 29 doubles. Former Green Wave standout Brian Hughes previously held both records.
Tulane added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth while Charlotte's Brian Bowman scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning to bring the 49ers to within 4-2.
The Green Wave sealed the win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth. With a pair of stolen bases in the inning, Cannizaro tied the Tulane single-season record with his 43rd. Billy Rapp set the record in 1986. Cannizaro also tied the C-USA tournament record for stolen bases in a game with three tonight against Charlotte. The record was originally set by Louisville's Mike Hook in 1999.
"I'll tell you one thing," head coach Rick Jones said. "We are never
going to play our alumni game here at Zephyr Field. Barth has pitched
some great games here, and he had another good one tonight. We wanted
to hold him until Saturday, but you have to get to Saturday first."
The losing pitcher was Matt Johnson (1-3). He gave up a pair of runs, one earned, through 6 1/3 innings of work.
Tulane plays Memphis at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.