May 19, 2001
METAIRIE, La.- Jon Kaplan's two-out home run in the top of the 13th inning propelled the Tulane (48-10) baseball team past Memphis (34-23) 7-6 on Saturday afternoon. Memphis and Tulane will meet again later this evening in the final elimination game before the 2001 FedEx Conference USA Baseball Tournament Championship.
In the top of the 13th inning, Memphis pitcher Josh Payne retired the first two Green Wave batters before giving up the game-winning blast by Kaplan. It was Kaplan's fourth home run of the season. This is the 14th game this season the Wave has won in its last at bat. Payne recorded an inning of work.
Tulane starter Beau Richardson had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning. He faced just one over the minimum through five innings of work. Despite his strong outing, Richardson did not get a decision. He did record the longest outing in a C-USA tournament game, 10 innings. He gave up six runs, none earned and struck out seven.
Joey Charron (5-1) went 2 1/3 of scoreless relief for the win. Barth Melius picked up his fourth save of the season, second in the tournament. In three tournament appearances, Melius has one win and two saves.
In the sixth, Memphis took the lead on five unearned runs. With runners on first and third and two outs, Daniel Uggla tripled to left and cleared the bases. It was Memphis' first hit of the game. Richardson hit the next batter and Tyler Shelton followed with his fifth home run of the season, a three run shot into left. Memphis held a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh.
The Green Wave cut the Tigers' lead to one run in the top of the seventh
with a sacrifice fly by Jake Gautreau, which allowed Scott Madden to
score. Andy Cannizaro added a stolen base in the seventh, his 44th of
the year, to set a new Tulane single-season record in that category.
The Green Wave tied the game in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by James Jurries and a double by Michael Aubrey.
Gautreau and Jurries each sent in a pair of runs.