May 30, 1999
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Jake Gautreau drove in three runs and Jason Sparks hit his third home run of the weekend as Tulane beat Auburn 7-5 in the first game of the NCAA Regional finals.
Because Auburn (45-17) had not lost a game during the double-elimination tournament, the two teams have to play a second game on Sunday night.
Tulane (48-16) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on RBI singles by Mickey McKee and Steve Shirley and Gautreau's sacrifice fly.
Auburn went ahead 4-3 in the fourth on Todd Faulkner's three-run homer, but Gautreau put Tulane back on top with a two-run double in the fifth that made it 6-4.
Sparks' solo home run in the seventh made it 7-4.
Auburn's Derek Reif also hit a solo home run in the ninth, his first of the season, that cut the score to 7-5.
Dan O'Gara (8-2) went the distance for Tulane, allowing five earned runs on 12 hits. He was aided by four double plays, three of which were unassisted.