MALIBU, Calif.–Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic tossed a complete-game shutout and the Green Wave offense pounded out 12 hits as the No. 1 Tulane University baseball team defeated Pepperdine, 3-0, Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Eleven of Tulane's hits were singles, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella clubbed a home run in the eighth, but the game belonged to Bogusevic (3-0), who struck out eight and walked two in the first complete-game shutout of his career. With the win, Tulane remains perfect in 2005 at 8-0, while Pepperdine falls to 5-5.
"I thought we played a complete ballgame today," head coach Rick Jones said. "Bogey was outstanding on the mound and had command of all of his pitches. We played tremendous defense both in the infield and in the outfield, and we really swung the bat better than the score indicated. With the wind blowing in it's tough to get extra-base hits, but we had a good two-strike approach, and put a lot of balls in play off one of the best split-finger pitchers you'll see (Pepperdine starter Kea Kometani)."
The shutout was the third of the year for the Green Wave, and 11th dating back to the 2004 season when Tulane fell one shutout shy of the school record with eight. Bogusevic, who kept Southeast Missouri State off the board in an eight-inning start in the season-opener back on Feb. 11, lowered his season ERA to 0.39.
Kometani (1-2) held Tulane hitless during the first two frames, and would dodge a bullet in the third when Tulane posted three hits, but could not plate a run as Waves' right fielder Danny Worth fielded a base hit off the bat of senior Matt Barket and fired home where rookie third baseman Brad Emaus was cut down in his tracks trying to score from second.
The next inning, however, Kometani would suffer a different fate as senior designated hitter Scott Madden and Manzella singled to open the frame before senior second baseman Joe Holland ripped an RBI-single through the right side of the infield to give Bogusevic the only run he would need.
Tulane would add a run in the fifth when Barket reached on a one-out error, advanced the basepath on back-to-back singles by senior catcher Greg Dini and sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton, and touched the paystation one hitter later when Madden ripped a base knock to right to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
The game would remain that way until the eighth when Manzella turned on a one-out offering from Kometani and sent it over the wall in left center to account for the final score.
While Bogusevic held Pepperdine in check for most of the day, the Waves did threaten in the fifth when second baseman Nick Kliebert singled to open the inning, and advanced the bases on a balk call and a groundout. He would not be able to get past third, however, as Bogusevic battled back with a strikeout and 4-3 groundout to keep the shutout in tact.
Then, in the ninth, the Waves put the leadoff man aboard when catcher Chad Tracy drew a walk, but first baseman Steve Kleen lined into a double-play and Worth grounded out to second to end the contest.
Tulane and Pepperdine continue the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CST) and close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch also slated for 3 p.m. (CST). Saturday's contest can be heard live on the radio on WTIX AM 690, while Sunday's affair will be broadcast on WRBH 88.3 FM.
Bogusevic Shutout Paces Wave Over Pepperdine, 3-0
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