Green Wave Wins Conference USA Championship

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Andy Cannizaro and the
Green Wave capture the
conference championship.

May 24, 1999

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Tulane pounded out 17 hits and held off a late Houston rally for a 12-9 victory in the Conference USA Baseball Tournament Championship on Sunday. With the title, Tulane received an automatic bid to the 1999 NCAA Baseball Tournament.

The Green Wave was lead by Andy Cannizaros four hits and three runs, as well as Matt Groff and tournament MVP Mickey McKees three hits apiece.

Tulane jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2 innings, then the Cougars scored one in the third and five in the fourth, four of which were unearned, to take a 6-4 lead heading into the top of the sixth.

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In the bottom of the sixth, Andy Cannizaro tied the game up with a two-run single up the middle with one out. With two outs, James Jurries hit a two-run homer over the left field wall just inside the foul pole off losing pitcher Duncan McAdoo (5-4).

Matt Groff added a two run double in the top of the seventh for insurance.

Jared Robinson (4-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Dan OGara, who gave up two earned runs in four innings. Robinson allowed three hits, two runs and struck out one. Brandon Belanger pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn a school record 16th save.

Five Tulane players were named to the all-tournament team: Andy Cannizaro (IF), Jake Gautreau (IF), Mickey McKee (IF), Matt Groff (OF) and Chad Sutter (DH). McKee was 10-for-17 in the tournament and took home MVP honors.

The Green Wave awaits the NCAA Regional pairings announcement scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m.