Baseball upsets No. 2 LSU

March 12, 2001

Bruce Willis, <i>Hullabaloo</i> Sports Editor

Tulane baseball, No. 16 in the nation, swept Georgia State in a three-game series over the weekend of March 2-4 and upset LSU in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, March 7. The team has been on a roll since losing to Pepperdine and UCLA in February. The Green Wave took on Georgia State in a series that was full of dominance and comebacks.

In the first game of the series, play was halted due to rain in the seventh inning. Tulane was down 9-3. The next day the teams met to finish their business. The game came as a nightmare to Georgia State as Tulane came from behind to beat the Panthers 12-11. The onslaught of power began with a pair sent in by Jon Kaplan and Aaron Feldman in the seventh.

Jake Gautreau then hit a game-tying single up the left field line and Feldman scored the go-ahead run on an error by the Panther catcher. The baseball team put up seven runs in the inning. Anthony Giarratano had his best performance of the season, as he went 2-for-3 with three runs, a game-high five RBI and his first collegiate home run.

Both teams returned to play a double-header on Sunday. The games were smothered by Tulane scoring. In the first game, the Panthers had less offense as the Green Wave won 2-0. The second game was very reminiscent of the first game of the series, as Tulane came from behind to beat Georgia State 11-10 in extra innings. The team was behind 10-3 in the ninth.

Tulane put up seven runs in the bottom of the ninth, including six with two outs, to tie the game at 10. Tulanes Beau Richardson (3-0) held Georgia State scoreless in the top of the 10th; then Jake Gautreau hit a single into right, sending Andrew Bouman home in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the win. This was the Green Wave's first extra-inning game of the season. Tulane then traveled to Alex Box Stadium to take on No. 2 LSU.

The Green Wave was nothing less than superb, as the team slaughtered the Tigers 13-3. Beau Richardson picked up his fourth win of the season, pitching five innings with six hits and three runs given up. Barth Melius relieved for Richardson with four scoreless innings, and recorded the save. The losing pitcher for LSU was Roy Corcoran, who gave up seven runs, four earned, and struck out four through three innings.

Tulane had an incredible 18 hits in the game, a season high. Freshman Michael Aubrey hit for the cycle, which is the first time a Green Wave player has accomplished this since 1999. Steve Shirley was 2-for-5 with a homerun and two runs scored; Jake Gautreau was 3-for-6 and Matt Groff was 3-for-4.

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