May 19, 2001
Tulane (49-10) advances to the tournament championship for the fourth time in six seasons, and are a perfect 3-0 in three previous trips to the finals. The Wave also tied the school record for wins in a season, picking up their 49th in the process. Memphis dropped to 34-24 with the loss.
Tulane will now face South Florida in the tournament championship game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The two teams faced each other in the 1996 Conference USA Tournament championship game, with the Wave prevailing 2-0 in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Memphis came back and scored one run in the second to even the score. Barrett Smith led off the inning with a double and scored on a Tyler Shelton single. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth, thanks to a RBI triple by Ryan O'Malley, who drove in Justin Thomas. Thomas had reached on a double.
Tulane took the lead for good in the fourth with a three-run inning,
which included a two RBI single by Scott Madden. Jurries started the
inning with a single before stealing second. He eventually scored on a
Matt Groff groundout. Jay Heintz reached on a single and moved to third
on an Anthony Giarratano double. Madden then followed with a single to
left, scoring Heintz and Giarratano to give the Wave a 4-2 lead.
The Green Wave sealed the win with a pair of runs in the sixth. Jurries again singled to start the inning, before scoring on a Michael Aubrey triple. Aubrey put the Wave up 6-2 when he scored on Groff's single to right.
From there, the Tulane defense took over, retiring Memphis in order in the sixth seventh and eighth innings. The Wave added a run in the bottom of the seventh, as Kaplan scored on a single by Jake Gautreau.
Freshman Kris Kline (1-0), making his first career start on the mound, picked up the win for Tulane. He gave up two runs, both earned, while striking out five over six innings. Andrew Corona gave up just one hit over three innings to pick up his first save. Memphis starter Jaron Wilson (2-2) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing nine hits and six earned runs through five innings.
James Jurries led the Green Wave at the plate with a 3-for-4 showing, scoring twice while also driving in a run.