Tulane Defeats Auburn 7-5 in Game One of NCAA Regional Final

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Mickey McKee and the Green <br>Wave won game one of <br>the NCAA Regional Final, <br>7-5 over Auburn.
Mickey McKee and the Green
Wave won game one of
the NCAA Regional Final,
7-5 over Auburn.

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.