Cards lose to Tulane in pitchers duel

Louisville lost 3-1 to 3rd-seeded Tulane in second round action at the Conference USA baseball tournament on Thursday evening in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman southpaw J.R. Crowel tied a career-high with seven strikeouts and gave up just one unearned run on four hits as the Tulane University baseball team took a 3-1 decision over seventh-seeded Louisville Thursday night in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament at Turchin Stadium.

Green Wave head coach Rick Jones picked up career win No. 700 in the victory as Tulane improves to 42-16 overall and advances to play the winner of the Louisville/South Florida game - which is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday - at 12:30 Saturday afternoon. Louisville, meanwhile, falls to 33-22 on the year.

Crowel (8-0), the C-USA Freshman of the Year, kept the Cardinals off the board until the bottom of the eighth when Louisville scratched across an unearned run on first baseman Morgan Bojorquez's RBI-double to left central to cut the lead to 2-1. The Cardinals could have tied the score on the play as U of L catcher Ron Braun attempted to come plateward all the way from first base, but Tulane senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan got the ball in to cutoff man Tony Giarratano, and the junior shortstop threw a strike to catcher Brian Bormaster who tagged Braun out to end the inning.

The Green Wave plated an insurance run in the top of the ninth when senior right fielder Aaron Feldman hit a leadoff double, advanced to second when junior third baseman Turner Brumby reached on an error and scored on an RBI-single that just got by the outstretched arm of Cardinal third baseman Ryan McKinnon to push the lead back to two, and junior closer Joey Charron pitched around a Tulane error in the bottom of the frame to earn his 12th save of the year and seal the victory.

Overshadowed in the Tulane win was a stellar performance by Louisville starter Zach Jackson, who went eight strong innings and holding the Green Wave to four hits while walking two and tallying four strikeouts

The Cardinals will continue C-USA Tournament action when they take on 7th-seeded South Florida at 7:30 p.m. in the elimation bracket.

Box score (NCAA)
C-USA 2003 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Tulane Green Wave at Louisville Cardinals
May 22, 2003 at New Orleans, La. (Turchin Stadium)
Tulane Green Wave (42-16)
Player              AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jonny Kaplan cf....  3  0  0  0   1  0  1  1   1
Tony Giarratano ss.  5  0  0  0   0  1  2  3   2
Michael Aubrey 1b..  4  0  1  0   0  0  3  0   3
Wes Swackhamer lf..  4  0  0  0   0  2  5  0   0
Gerald Clark dh....  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   1
Aaron Feldman rf...  4  1  1  0   0  1  4  0   0 
Nathan Southard rf.  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Tommy Manzella 2b..  3  1  2  1   0  1  3  1   0
Turner Brumby 3b...  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   1 
Tim Guidry 3b......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Brian Bormaster c..  3  0  1  1   1  0  9  0   0
J.R. Crowel p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0 
Joey Charron p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals............. 33  3  6  2   2  5 27  7   8

Louisville Cardinals (32-26)
Player              AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------
D Williams Jr. cf..  5  0  1  0   0  2  2  0   1
J.T. LaFountain ss.  4  1  0  0   0  2  1  4   3
Mark Jurich rf.....  4  0  1  0   0  2  1  0   0
Josh Bolen lf......  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Ron Braun c........  1  0  0  0   2  1  5  0   0
M Bojorquez 1b.....  4  0  2  1   0  0  8  0   0
Boomer Whiting dh..  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   4
Ryan McKinnon 3b...  3  0  0  0   1  0  3  0   0
Nick Haley 2b......  3  0  0  0   1  0  3  3   0
Zach Jackson p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0 
Carlos Fernandez p.  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals............. 32  1  4  1   4  8 27  8   9

Score by Innings
                                   R  H  E
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Tulane Green Wave... 001 100 001 -  3  6  2
Louisville Cardinals 000 000 010 -  1  4  2
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E - Giarratano(10); Aubrey(5); LaFountain(16);
McKinnon(13). DP - LOU 1. LOB- TUL 8; LOU 9.
2B - Feldman(6); Jurich(10); Bojorquez(16).
HBP - Kaplan; Manzella; Braun. SH - Brumby(1).
SB - Aubrey(18); Clark(2).

Tulane            IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
---------------------------------------------
J.R. Crowel....  8.0  4  1  0  4  7 28 33 118
Joey Charron...  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  4  4  14

Louisville        IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
---------------------------------------------
Zach Jackson...  8.0  5  3  2  2  4 28 33 114
C Fernandez....  1.0  1  0  0  0  1  5  5  10

Win - Crowel (8-0).
Loss - Jackson (7-6).
Save - Charron (12).
WP - Crowel(4). HBP - by Jackson (Manzella); 
by Jackson (Kaplan); by Crowel(Braun).


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