Baseball Splits Pair of Saturday Games



February 14, 1999

San Diego - Henry Bonilla struck out 12 in his Tulane debut as the visiting Green Wave defeated San Diego State, 4-2, Saturday night. Earlier Saturday, Tulane (1-2) was shut out by Nevada, 8-0.

Bonilla (1-0), a junior college transfer, fanned 10 Aztecs through the first five innings en route to his first victory. He gave up eight hits and two runs without allowing a walk in eight innings of work. Brandon Belanger pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

Tulane jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Jake Gautreau's second homer of the weekend. The Green Wave added two more runs in the fifth when Matt Groff scored from third on a shortstop's error and James Jurries singled home Andy Cannizaro.

SDSU (6-4) cut Tulane's lead in half in the sixth on base hits by Ben Leuthard and Robert Womack.

Cannizaro led the Wave with a 3-for-4 game, while Jurries and Paul Boudreaux added two hits apiece.

Aztec starter A.J. Samadani (2-1), who gave up all four Tulane runs on seven hits in four innings, was tagged with the loss.

In Tulane's first game of the day, four Nevada pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Wolfpack defeated the Green Wave, 8-0, at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Wolfpack starter Matthew Rainer (2-1) struck out six, walked four and allowed four hits in seven innings for the win.

Nevada (6-3) jumped on Tulane starter Raul Echeverz (0-1) for five runs in the first two innings. The Wolfpack added to its 5-0 lead with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Echeverz allowed 10 hits and six runs, five earned, in 6 1/3 innings.

Shortstop Andy Cannizaro paced the Green Wave offense by going 2-for-4. Nevada's Justin Martin, Ricky Weins and Don Price had three hits apiece.

Tulane closes out its West coast swing with a Sunday afternoon game against Nevada (1 p.m. PST).