Green Wave on the board
in the fourth with an
RBI double against Winthrop.
Homerun in the 11th the difference in 8-7 loss.
May 28, 1999
AUBURN, Ala. - The Tulane (45-16) defense fell short as costly errors assisted Winthrop (40-21) to an 8-7 victory over the Green Wave in Friday's first game of the 1999 Auburn, Ala., NCAA Regional.
The game was sealed in the top of the 11th inning as Winthrop's Jason Tarasuik smashed a home run to right and gave the Eagle's a one-run victory.
The No. 4 seed, Winthrop took and early 2-0 lead, scoring a pair of runs in the third on RBI doubles by Brett Busha and Todd Leathers. The Eagles added to the lead in the fourth as Dustin Bowman scored on a Tulane fielding error after reaching on a Mickey McKee error with one out.
The Tulane offense came alive in the bottom of the fourth. Andy Cannizaro scored on a James Jurries double before Jason Sparks' second grand slam of the season gave the Green Wave a 5-3 advantage.
Winthrop tied the game in the top of the ninth, scoring three unearned runs, and held Tulane scoreless to send the game into extra innings.
Both teams scored one run in the tenth, as Busha sent in his second run of the evening for Winthrop and McKee homered to left field for the Wave before Tarasuik's solo blast in the 11th won the game for the Eagles..
Tulane's Jared Robinson took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the season, after replacing Brandon Belanger in the 10th. Wave starter Henry Bonilla lasted eight innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs to go along with nine strikeouts.
Winthrop's Aaron Sudsmo claimed the win, improving to 6-3 after giving up just two hits through three innings.
For Tulane, Sparks went 2-for-5 with a game high four RBI and his 16th home run of the season.
Tulane plays the loser of the Auburn/NC Sate game at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Winthrop plays the winner of the same game at 3:00 p.m.