April 20, 2001
In "Field of Dreams," a ghost told Kevin Costner, "If you build it, they will come." This held true in the latest installment of the bitter Tulane-LSU rivalry. On April 11, fans filled Zephyr field with a record crowd of 11,669 to see if their men of Tulane had it in them to, once again, send the vaunted LSU Tigers away with their tails between their legs.
The crowd will go down in history as the largest ever to view an outdoor baseball game in the state of Louisiana. Those who stayed to the end were treated to another of Tulane Universitys now patented comebacks and were given another reason to believe that the guard of Louisiana baseball may have indeed changed for the new millennium. The game opened with LSU taking a quick 1-0 advantage on a ground-out by Matt Heath.
Tulane answered in the third as Anthony Giarratano scored on an Andy Cannizaro sacrifice fly. The LSU Tigers put two more runs on the board in the fourth and a home run in the fifth to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Steve Shirley slapped an RBI single in the sixth to make the score 4-2, but LSU fired right back in the seventh to make it 5-2.
Steve Shirley started a rally in the eighth, with a two-out RBI single to make the score 5-3. Shirley came around to score on a throwing error to bring the Wave within one. Michael Aubrey added an RBI single of his own to tie the game, heading into the ninth inning. It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this Green Wave baseball team that the game came down to the final frame. This Tulane team has done its best work when everything is on the line, and this night was no exception.
LSU opened the top of the ninth with an RBI ground-out to give them a one-run lead, but Tulane would not roll over. The Waves Jon Kaplan reached base on a walk, and scored on a piece of timely hitting by Jake "Mr. Reliable" Gautreau to tie the game. Andy Cannizaro brought the game to a close as he scored on a throwing error by LSU shortstop Ryan Theriot.
For the eighth time this season, the Wave had won the game in its final at-bat. The series sweep of LSU had been completed with a final score of 7-6. Barth Melius took his fourth victory of the year on one inning of work. Sports analyst, Jonathan Hobbs said, "It was the best game I've ever seen. I think we can do the same in the LSU-Tulane football game."
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