Tulane needed a little luck and a little help from their All-American "phenom" Michael Aubrey to sweep Alabama-Birmingham, winning their sixth straight conference game, their 29th game overall along the way.
With the series sweep, Tulane is now 12-6 in Conference USA and tied for third place with Houston who Tulane has the tie-breaker over. Starting pitching did not get the job done for the Wave this past weekend but the bats did come alive. Jonny Kaplan hit two homeruns, and Aaron Feldman, Nathan Southard and Wes Swackhamer each hit one as the Wave scored 26 runs in the three games. Swackhamer's HR was a grandslam that gave the Greenies a 7-0 lead in Friday night's 11-8 win.
On Saturday Tulane rallied from 5-1 down on the strength of 3 two-run HR's for a 9-6 win. Sunday would prove to be the dramatic game as Tulane rallied from 5-3 down with 2 out and nobody on base. Jonny Kaplan walked, Tony Giarratano beat out and infield hit setting the stage for Michael Aubrey's heroics. The junior hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right center setting off a dramatic celebration.
Tulane returned home to Turchin Stadium on Tuesday night and provided its fans with a controversial 4-3 win over Nicholls State. The Colonels thought they had taken a 7-4 lead over the Wave after a grandslam only to see the home plate umpire overrule the call and turn the bomb into a long strike. To add to the controversy, the Nicholls batter was hit by the next pitch only to be called back because the umpire said he stepped into the pitch. The ensuing argument caused the batter and the Colonel coach to be ejected from the game and prompted the Colonels to take out their frustration on the visitor's dugout at Turchin Stadium.
Tulane, 30-12, will take their show on the road to tangle with the Billikens of St. Louis University this weekend. The Bills come into the series at 14-21 but only 3-15 in Conference USA play. SLU is 10-9 at home but only 1-8 at home in C-USA play. If there is any weekend for the Greenies to breakout of their road slump this looks to be it. Friday night Tulane will face a stiff test in Corey Lawson. Lawson's numbers don't jump out at you (2-5, 5.22 ERA) but he shut down Tulane last year in New Orleans preventing the Greenies from sweeping the Billikens.
Tulane will send Brian Bogusevic (2-0, 1.75 ERA), J.R. Crowel (6-0, 2.57 ERA) and Brandon Gomes (1-0, 5.23 ERA) to the hill in order to try and tame the Bills. Gomes is starting in place of junior Cory Hahn who is bothered by a groin muscle pull.
After the St. Louis University series, Tulane will return home to meet the Louisiana State Tigers in the Louisiana Superdome on Tuesday April 29th, in a game that is expected to break the all time collegiate baseball attendance record
that the two schools set last April in the Dome.
A crowd in excess of 30,000 is expected. First pitch will be at 7 pm.
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