Senior infielder Brian Bormaster hit a two-RBI single in the second to give the Green Wave a 2-1 lead over Washington.
June 4, 2004
OXFORD, Miss. - Sophomore southpaw Brian Bogusevic struck out three and scattered eight hits in a gutsy 8.2 inning start, and senior infielder Brian Bormaster hit a clutch, two-run single in the second as the Tulane University baseball team defeated second-seeded Washington 3-2 in the first game of the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional Friday afternoon at Swayze Field.
Bogusevic was twice a strike away from recording his fourth complete-game of the season, but Nick Batkoski and Tyler Mach coaxed base hits to put a pair on in the bottom of the ninth. From there, Tulane head coach Rick Jones called in Daniel Latham from the bullpen, and the rookie got nine-hole hitter Ben Johnson to pop up to second where Joe Holland made the squeeze and the celebration was on.
"We are excited with the win, but there is still a long way to go in this tournament," head coach Rick Jones said. "It was a heck of a ballgame, and I'm glad we won. Brian (Bogusevic) was fantastic today. He had good stuff and we played well defensively.
"This was a win that came down to a few big pitches in the ninth inning. Pulling Brian was a tough decision, but we knew that Daniel Latham could do the job. Brian was running on fumes with all of the pitches he had to throw."
With the win, Tulane improves to 39-19 on the year and will face the winner of the Mississippi/Western Kentucky contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. Washington, meanwhile, falls to 37-19-1 in 2004 and will face the loser of the Rebels/Hilltoppers matchup tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Huskies starter Tim Lincecum made quick work of the Green Wave in the first innings, squeezing a walk between three strikeouts, and Washington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame as Brent Lillibridge lead off with a single, stole second and scored on a two-out RBI knock by Kyle Larsen.
Lincecum pitched himself into a jam in the top of the second as junior catcher Greg Dini and freshman first baseman Mark Hamilton induced back-to-back walks to lead off the frame, and junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer was able to move the runners with a swinging-bunt groundout to second. Bormaster made the free passes hurt one batter later with a two-run single up the middle to give the Green Wave a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Bogusevic and Lincecum hung zeros on the board over the next four innings, but Tulane got things going in the top of the seventh when sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard and junior right fielder Matt Barket singled and Dini drew a two-out walk to load the bases. With the sacks full, sophomore third baseman Tim Guidry - who claimed the hot corner in the bottom of the fifth - watched four Lincecum pitches sail outside of the strikezone and drove in what proved to be the winning run without taking the bat off his shoulder.
Washington refused to go away, however, as Batkoski doubled to lead off the home half of the seventh, went to second on a fly ball to center and scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Johnson to account for the final score.
Husky reliever Trent Baysinger, who came on following Guidry's bases-loaded walk in the seventh, retired all seven Green Wave batters he faced, and Washington had the tying runs on base in each of the final two innings. In the eighth, Zach Clem reached after getting hit by a pitch, but Bogusevic got an inning-ending double play by Larsen. Bogusevic sat down the first two batters he faced in the ninth before the Batkoski started the rally, but Latham came on to slam the door and earn his sixth save of the year.
For his efforts, Bogusevic claimed the win to improve to 9-5 in 2004. Lincecum gave the Huskies a 10-strikeout performance and allowed just four singles, but seven walks proved to be his downfall as the freshman right-hander was saddled with the loss to fall to 10-3.