April 1, 2001
ST. LOUIS - The Tulane (24-7, 5-4 C-USA) baseball team avoided a Saint Louis (13-15, 4-5 C-USA) sweep with a 11-9 win over the Billikens on Sunday afternoon.
A six-run Saint Louis first inning set the tone for the game. Tulane starter Joey Charron was responsible for five runs on four hits with no one out. Barth Melius entered the game for the Wave retired the first two but gave up a three run home run to SLU catcher Andrew Slania, giving the Billikens the 6-0 cushion.
The Billikens extended the 6-3 lead in the fourth a Slania hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot into left. Chad Wrinkle scored on a Nick Steiner sacrifice to give SLU an 8-3 lead. Slania was 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Tulane battled back in the fifth scoring five runs with two outs. A sac fly by Jake Gautreau and an RBI single by Steve Shirley, coupled with back-to-back home runs by James Jurries and Michael Aubrey, tied the game at eight runs a piece. The home run by Jurries was his first of the season.
A three-up-three down fifth inning for Melius kept momentum of Tulane's
side. The Green Wave added three more runs in the sixth. Anthony
Giarratano started the inning off with a double and scored on a Jon
Kaplan triple. Andy Cannizaro followed with his first home run of the
year, a two-run shot into left. The three home run hit by the Wave is a
single game high for the club.
Kaplan had a career day as he recorded four hits in five at bats.
The winning pitcher was Barth Melius (4-1) he gave a gutsy nine-inning performance but did not get the complete game because he did not start. He scattered six hits, gave up four runs and struck out five.
Zach Placzek (0-3) got the loss after giving up three runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Tulane continues its string of road games as they head to Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, April 4th. First pitch is 6:00 p.m. The Wave's next Conference USA series is at Charlotte beginning on Friday, April 6th.