Senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan and freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic each tallied four hits, and junior first baseman Michael Aubrey belted two home runs, as the Tulane University baseball team return to its winning ways with an 11-4 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday night at Turchin Stadium.
Five Green Wave hitter posted multiple-hit games, including three-hits by junior shortstop Tony Giarratano and two-hit showings by junior catcher Brian Bormaster and sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella as Tulane posted 17 hits en route to the victory. The home team's top four hitters combined for 13 hits and nine RBI while scoring nine runs to snap a three-game losing skid.
With the win, Tulane improves to 10-4 on the year while the Ragin' Cajuns fall to 5-11.
The Green Wave claimed an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the opening stanza, and was clinging to a 5-3 advantage when UL-Lafayette cut the lead to one in the top of the seventh as Philip Hawke roped an RBI-single to right center which scored Josh Landry from third. The home team responded in the home half of the inning, however, as Aubrey hit a leadoff homer and Bormaster banged an RBI-double off the wall in right center to make it 7-4.
Tulane put the game away one inning later when Aubrey crushed his second bomb of the day, this time a three-run shot, before Bormaster's two-out infield pop-up fell between a trio of UL-Lafayette players and Bogusevic ran hard throughout the play to score from second to account for the game's final run.
Freshman starter Matt Goebel (2-0) earned his second victory of the 2003 season with a 5.0 inning performance where he gave up three earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out a pair. Goebel's counterpart, UL-Lafayette junior right-hander Jered Salazar (1-2), was not as lucky as the Cajun hurler was saddled with the loss after allowing five earned runs on seven hits with a strikeout in 3.2 innings.
The Green Wave got on the board early as Kaplan led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Giarratano. Aubrey plated Kaplan one at-bat later with an RBI-groundout to second, and Bogusevic made it 2-0 with a base-hit.
The Ragin' Cajuns got on the board in the second courtesy of an RBI fielders choice off the bat of nine-hole hitter Justin Morgan, but Tulane pushed their lead to three in the bottom of the frame when rookie third baseman Corey Penedo reached on a fielders choice and scored two at-bats later via a home run by Giarratano.
Hawke answered for UL-Lafayette in the third with a two-run homer to make it 4-3, but once again, the Olive and Blue responded with a run in the fourth when Giarratano roped a two-out RBI-double off Cajuns reliever Kraig Schambough to left to give Tulane a two-run advantage.
The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, March 7 when Tulane opens a three-game series against Manhattan College at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the weekend with a 1 p.m. showdown on Sunday.