Wave Takes Doubleheader Sweep Of Cards: 13-1, 10-3

Junior left fielder Matt Barket, senior infielder/catcher Brian Bormaster, and junior second baseman Joe Holland tallied five hits apiece during the day, and starting pitchers J.R. Crowel and Cory Hahn combined to strike out eight for the Green Wave cause. With the sweep of the twin bill, Tulane wins its first series over the Cardinals since the 2001 season while improving to 25-9 overall and 9-3 in C-USA action. Louisville, meanwhile, falls to 18-13 on the year and 7-5 in league play

The Green Wave pounded out a combined 36 hits and the home-team hurlers limited the Cardinals to four runs in 18 innings as the Tulane University baseball team swept a doubleheader against Conference USA foe Louisville, 13-1 and 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

Junior left fielder Matt Barket, senior infielder/catcher Brian Bormaster, and junior second baseman Joe Holland tallied five hits apiece during the day, and starting pitchers J.R. Crowel and Cory Hahn combined to strike out eight for the Green Wave cause. With the sweep of the twin bill, Tulane wins its first series over the Cardinals since the 2001 season while improving to 25-9 overall and 9-3 in C-USA action. Louisville, meanwhile, falls to 18-13 on the year and 7-5 in league play.

The Green Wave got off to good starts in both games, scoring single runs in both the first and second innings in each of the contests. In game one, Tulane blew the game open with a five-run third, and the home team plated a pair in the third stanza of the nightcap to take control of that meeting as well.

Barket was the star of the first game, going 4-for-4 with a walk, a double and three runs scored to highlight a 22-hit outing for Tulane. He was one of four players to enjoy a multiple-hit game, as Holland and Bormastera dded three-hit outings. The hit total was a season-high for the Green Wave, and the most by the team since Feb. 9, 2002 when Tulane posted 23 hits at Pepperdine.

While the hit machine was in full effect, Crowel was masterful on the mound. In seven-innings on the hill, Crowel struck out two and walked just one while scattering four hits and giving just one unearned run to improve to 5-1. The lone blemish on Crowel's day came well after the game was decided – with Tulane leading 11-0 after six – when a passed ball immediately preceeding an inning-ending double play allowed Cardinal right fielder Mark Jurich to score from third.

Tulane would get the run back in the home half of the frame on a sacrifice fly by junior first baseman Greg Dini, and junior Scott Madden hammered a pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth to account for the final score.

In the nightcap, sophomore right fielder Brian Bogusevic led the Green Wave's 14-hit contest with a 3-for-4 showing that included a solo home run in the second and an RBI-single on inning later.

Hahn, meanwhile, gave the Green Wave eight solid innings of work where he would fan six and give up just one walk while allowing three runs on nine hits to win his sixth game of the 2004 season.

Cardinal pitching did not fare as well as their Green Wave counterparts as starters B.J. Rosenberg (and Mike Tisdale combined to give up 11 runs on 17 hits in 6.2 innings of work. The Louisville defense did not lend much help, however, as the Cardinals committed eight errors on the day – including five in game two – that led to seven unearned runs.

The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, April 13 when they take on cross-town foe UNO for game three of the 2004 Popeyes Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. The series stands tied at one game each as the Privateers won 4-1 on Feb. 17 and the Green Wave emerged victorious 5-0 on March 9.

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