April 18, 2004
Caroline Ryan, <i>Hullabaloo</i> staff writer
Tulane baseball is 25-10 after dropping the third game of the Popeye's cup vs. UNO Tuesday night at Zephyr field. The 6-4 heartbreaker, in which the Privateers broke a 4-4 tie in the eight, dealt the Wave their first loss in the annual series against UNO since 2000. Despite the discouraging loss, the Green Wave has been riding on a high note recently.
The squad defeated archrival LSU on enemy turf and enjoyed further success on the road, taking the series against both Cincinnati and Louisville. Following his 8 2/3 shutout innings against LSU, sophomore Brian Bogusevic earned three Pitcher of the Week recognitions while senior Joey Charron tied Tulane's career save record as the closer in the same game.
Tulane went 2-for-3 against Cincinnati the weekend of April 2, breaking a nine-game winning streak with the loss in the finale of that series. After crushing the Bearcats in the first two games with scores of 10-1 and 10-5, respectively, the Wave suffered an embarrassing loss in the third game.
The team's bats were not silent, but multiple errors in the field rewarded the un-ranked Bearcats their first C-USA victory of 2004 and one of their mere four overall wins. The 1-0 triumph over LSU April 6 was dealt courtesy of outstanding pitching, most notably by starter Brian Bogusevic.
With four strikeouts and only four hits in 8 2/3 shutout innings, Bogusevic turned the heads of multiple publications, such as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, stifling LSU in the highly scrutinized meeting. The Tulane offense, which out-hit the Tigers 7-4, posted its lone run in the sixth inning, scored by sophomore Nathan Southard.
After jumping on the LSU first pitch by Jason Determann to rip a double, Southard was driven in by a single off the bat of right-fielder Matt Barket. With two down in the ninth inning, closer Joey Charron got stuck in a jam, giving up a single followed by two walks to set the threatening carousel of base-runners in motion.
However, he then induced a groundball out of shortstop Blake Gill, ending the game and gaining the save record. Tulane's bats woke up with a bang last Saturday, as the Green Wave shamed Louisville in a double-header with scores of 13-1 and 10-3. J.R. Crowel and Cory Hahn both earned wins while three Tulane players collected five hits each, contributing to 36 total hits for the squad.
Although Tulane offense, led by Tommy Manzella and Greg Dini, out-hit the UNO Privateers Tuesday 16-10, they were unable to regain the ground they lost in the eighth inning when UNO broke a 4-4 tie. After allowing two runs, Tulane fought to survive in the ninth as the two leadoff hitters made it to scoring position with no outs.
Unfortunately, Green Wave's threat of a last-minute comeback was dampened by three straight outs. Shortstop Tommy Manzella's last at-bat could have proved fatal for UNO had opposing shortstop Nate Murray's diving catch not prevented the damage to end the game. The Green Wave play an away series against C-USA foe Alabama-Birmingham April 16-18 and return home to host Lousiana-Lafayette at Zephyr Field Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Tulane will play host to Southern Mississippi the weekend of April 23.
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