May 26, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Aaron Feldman drove in a pair of runs with a two-out, pinch-hit single to break a 10-10 tie in the top of the ninth, lifting Tulane to a 13-10 win over Oklahoma State at Turchin Stadium in the New Orleans Regional on Saturday.
The win was Tulane's 15th this season in its last at-bat, improving the Green Wave to 52-10. The top-seeded Wave advance to Sunday's regional championship game. Oklahoma State, seeded third, dropped to 41-21 and will face Ole Miss in an elimination game on Saturday evening.
Tulane's three runs in the ninth snuffed out an Oklahoma State rally which saw the Cowboys erase a 10-7 deficit with a pair of runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth. With the score tied at 10-10, Tulane's Andy Cannizaro led off with a single and took second on a controversial balk call. After a Jake Gautreau strikeout James Jurries and Matt Groff each drew walks to load the bases. Feldman, pinch-hitting for Jay Heintz, singled to right, scoring Cannizaro and Jurries to give Tulane a 12-10 cushion. Anthony Giarratano followed with a single to score Groff, putting the Wave up 13-10.
Joey Charron (8-1) allowed only a Jimbo McAuliff single in the bottom of the ninth to get his second win in less than 24 hours. He picked up Tulane's Friday night win against Southern. It was also his fourth win in the last seven days. Shane Hawk (2-4) took the loss for Oklahoma State, allowing three earned runs in three innings of work.
Jon Kaplan had four RBI for Tulane, while McAuliff was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI for the Cowboys.