Sophomore Brian Bogusevic was named NCAA Oxford Regional Most Valuable Player after going 2-for-3 with three RBI in Tulane's 12-3 win over Washington in the championship game.
June 6, 2004
OXFORD, Miss. - Sophomore right fielder Brian Bogusevic went 2-for-3 with three RBI and senior right-hander Cory Hahn gave the Green Wave a gutsy seven-inning start as the Tulane University baseball team defeated second-seeded University of Washington 12-3 to win the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional Sunday afternoon at Swayze Field.
Tulane trailed 3-0 after a half an inning as Husky catcher Aaron Hathaway hammered a three-run homer down the left field line, but that would be the only runs the boys in Olive and Blue would allow as the bats provided 12 unanswered runs to give the Green Wave its second NCAA Regional title. The 2001 squad won the NCAA New Orleans Regional at Turchin Stadium before taking two of three from arch-rival LSU in the Super Regional at Zephyr Field to advance to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
With the win, the Green Wave improve to 41-19 and advance to the Super Regionals where they will take on the winner of the NCAA Fullerton Regional next weekend. The opponent and location will be announced tonight during the 10 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN. Washington, meanwhile, concludes the 2004 season 39-20-1.
Bogusevic was named Regional Most Outstanding Player after going 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run, three walks and six RBI at the plate and picking up a win on the mound in Friday's 3-2 win over UW when he struck out three while giving up just two earned runs in an 8.2-inning start. He also tallied four putouts and three assists defensively, including a diving catch with two outs in the second inning to get the Green Wave out of a bases-loaded jam.
Joining Bogusevic on the All-Regional Team from the Tulane squad where sophomore pitcher J.R. Crowel, junior second baseman Joe Holland, senior third baseman Brian Bormaster, junior shortstop Tommy Manzella and sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard. Rounding out the All-Regional Team were Hathaway, first baseman Kyle Larson, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and designated hitter Tyler Mach of Washington, and pitcher Grady Hinchman from Western Kentucky.
Following Hathaway's three-run blast in the first, In the home half of the inning, Tulane got on the board as Bogusevic drew a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on a single by junior catcher Greg Dini and a flyout off the bat of freshman designated hitter Mark Hamilton before junior first baseman Wes Swackhamer ripped an RBI-single through the right side of the infield to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Huskies had something cooking in the second right fielder Taylor Johnson doubled, Lillibridge was hit by a pitch and second baseman Greg Isaacson walked to load the bases with only one away. Hahn battled back to strike out left fielder Zach Clem for the second out of the stanza, but Larsen ripped a line drive to right in the ensuing at-bat that would have scored all three runs. Bogusevic, however, had other ideas as the clean-up hitter made a diving catch to rob the UW first baseman of extra bases and thwart the rally.
One inning later, the Green Wave tied the score as Holland and Southard hit back-to-back singles to open the stanza, the pair advanced a base on sacrifice bunt by Manzella, and came around to score on RBI singles by junior left fielder Matt Barket and Bogusevic. With runners on the corners, Bogusevic broke for second on a botched hit-and-run, but the big lefty had his head in the game and worked the ball his direction which allowed Barket to steal home to give Tulane a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish.
Hahn pitched himself into a jam in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases on a pair of singles by designated hitter Matt Lane and shortstop Nick Batkoski and a walk to Johnson, but the big righty got Lillibrige to pop up harmlessly to right to get out of the inning unscathed.
Following a scoreless fourth, the Green Wave blew the game open in the fifth with four runs on three hits, including a two-RBI single by Bogusevic, a run-scoring double by Dini and an RBI-knock by reserve designated hitter Scott Madden to make it an 8-3 ballgame.
Tulane plated another run in the sixth on an RBI-single by Manzella to score Bormaster from third, and following a scoreless seventh, the Green Wave blew the game open in the eighth with a run-scoring single by Southard to plate Bormaster from second and a two-RBI rip off the bat of Manzella to score Holland and Southard to account for the final score.
From there, the Green Wave handed the ball to freshman reliever Daniel Latham, and the rookie from Covington, La., retired all six batters he faced to seal the victory.
For his performance, Hahn earned the win to improve to 9-2 in 2004. In his first extended performance in nearly three weeks, Hahn scattered 11 hits while walking four, but got some help from his friends as the Green Wave turned a pair of double plays and played flawless defense behind him.
Washington starter Keaton Everitt did not fare as well as the sophomore right-hander was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and a walk in 3.0-innings of work to fall to 5-3 on the year.