June 1, 2001
METAIRIE, La- LSU's David Raymer hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Chris Phillips in the top of the 13th inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over Tulane in the first game of the New Orleans Super Regional at Zephyr Field on Friday.
With the win, LSU improves to 44-20-1 and takes a one-game lead in the best of three series. Tulane lost for the first time this season against an in-state opponent, falling to 53-11. This was the Wave's first loss in extra innings this season.
LSU wasted little time getting on the board, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first. After Wally Pontiff reached on a single, Mike Fontenot blasted his 14th home run of the season into the pool located past the right field wall to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Tiger starting pitcher Lane Mestepey held the Green Wave to just four hits through the first five innings of play before Tulane posted three runs in the sixth inning. The rally began with a lead off single by Jon Kaplan, followed by an Andy Cannizaro single through the right side. With one out, Jake Gautreau doubled off the right field wall allowing Kaplan to score and Cannizaro to advance to third. Michael Aubrey hit a bases clearing single to give the Wave a 3-2 lead.
A lead off walk by reliever Barth Melius came back to haunt the Wave as David Raymer later scored on a single by Wally Pontiff in the seventh. After giving up the hit, Melius struck out three batters to get the Wave out of the inning.
Tiger reliever Brian Wilson entered the game in the 11th and gave his team three innings of scoreless relief, putting LSU in the position to take the game. Wilson (3-2) picked up his third win of the season.
In the game, Tulane's Anthony Giarratano had a career high five hits in six at-bats. Aubrey was 1-for-4 with a team high two RBI.
Tulane plays to stay alive in the 2001 New Orleans Super Regional on Saturday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m.