Green Wave Drops Tourney Opener To UAB, 10-4

Brian Bogusevic goes 4-for-5, but two errors lead to six Blazer runs; Green Wave will play USM in round two Thursday

The Green Wave committed a pair of late-inning errors that led to six unearned runs as the Tulane baseball team dropped a 10-4 decision to UAB in the first round of the 2004 Conference USA Tournament at Cougar Field.

Sophomore designated hitter Brian Bogusevic went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI, but it was not enough to overcome an opportunistic Blazers squad. The Green Wave pounded out 11 hits, but wound up stranding nine runners on base, including seven in scoring position.

With the loss, Tulane falls to 38-18 on the year and will play Southern Miss at on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in an elimination game. UAB, meanwhile, improves to 29-27 overall and will advance to play Memphis at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the winner's bracket. The winner of the Green Wave/Golden Eagles matchup will advance to play the loser of the Tigers/Blazers contest. The loser will head home and learn of its NCAA postseason fate on Monday, May 31 when ESPN2 airs the selection show live at 11 a.m.

Tulane drew first blood with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of RBI-singles by Bogusevic and freshman first baseman Mark Hamilton. The Green Wave lead would not last long, however, as the Blazers answered with three run in the top of the second on a run-scoring double by second baseman Seth Rollin and back-to-back RBI-base knocks off the bat of third baseman Zac Ward and centerfielder Levi Patmon to give UAB a 3-2 lead.

The Blazers padded their advantage in the fourth when Rollin hammered a solo home run over the wall in left, but Tulane would tie the score in the home half of the fifth on a bases-loaded RBI groundout by junior catcher Greg Dini and a single by Bogusevic.

Following a scoreless sixth that saw the Green Wave strand sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard at third, Patmon singled to open the seventh, and shortstop Josh Miljavic reached on an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Catcher Eugene Rodriguez laid down a successful sac bunt to advance the runners, and with one away, first baseman Daniel Hill lifted a sacrifice fly to right to give UAB a 5-4 lead it would never relinquish.

Tulane sophomore reliever Matt Goebel (3-2) issued an intentional walk to designated hitter Nathan McCorkle, but the plan backfired as right fielder Cole Helms crushed a two-RBI double off the wall to give the Blazers a commanding 7-4 advantage.

The Green Wave had runners on the corners with only one out in the bottom of the seventh, but UAB starter Jeff Brown (6-5) got Hamilton to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. In the top of the seventh, Goebel retired the first two men he faced, and had a chance to throw a three-up, three-down frame, but junior second baseman Joe Holland lost an infield pop-up by Patmon in the sun which allowed the Blazer centerfielder to reach. Miljavic followed with a walk and catcher Eugene Rodriguez put the finishing touches on the contest with a three- run homer.

The Green Wave will send sophomore southpaw J.R. Crowel to the mound against Southern Miss where he will be matched up with senior right-hander Anthony Dewitt. Tulane swept the regular-season series from the Golden Eagles back on April 23-25 at Turchin Stadium.

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