Michael Aubrey, Brian Bogusevic and Tommy Manzella combined to go 9-for-13 with six RBI at the plate and teamed with the pitching trio of J.R. Crowel, Bogusevic and Joey Charron as the Tulane University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Manhattan College Sunday afternoon with a 13-0 victory over the Jaspers at Turchin Stadium.
The Tulane offense scored 11 runs on as many hits in the first three innings and the three Green Wave hurlers scattered seven hits and struck out five to record the team's first shutout of the 2003 season. The series sweep was the third of the year for Tulane as the team improves to 13-4. The Jaspers, meanwhile, fell to 0-6 on the year.
Manhattan threatened to get on the board in the first inning as Frank Cappello and Matt Cucurullo hit back-to-back one-out singles off Crowel, but the freshman southpaw came back to strike out cleanup hitter Gary Diaz and got Chris Gaskins to hit a come-backer to the mound to get out of the inning with no harm done.
The Green Wave responded in the bottom of the frame as the senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan reached on an error and junior shortstop Tony Giarratano single before Aubrey put the home team on the board with his first RBI single of the day and Bogusevic clubbed a two-RBI double to left to make it 3-0.
Manzella followed with a single and junior catcher Brian Bormaster loaded the bases on a fielder's choice when Manhattan starting pitcher Kyle Wirtz gloved a roller back to the mound and tried to get the double play at second, but no one was covering for the Jaspers. Junior third baseman Turner Brumby made the miscue hurt one batter later with a bases-loaded walk, and sophomore left fielder Wes Swackhamer put the finishing touches on a five-run first with an RBI-fielder's choice to give Tulane a commanding lead.
Tulane pushed its lead to nine in the second when Aubrey hit a RBI-single to center to plate Giarratano from second, and rookie right fielder Nathan Southard clubbed a three-run homer – the first of his career – down the line to left. The Jaspers went to their bullpen in the third, but reliever Alex Narus did not fare much better as Aubrey singled and scored on a triple by Bogusevic, and the freshman designated hitter scored one at-bat later on a groundout by Manzella to give the home team a commanding 11-0 lead.
From there, it was time for the pitchers and the Green Wave defense to shine as Tulane got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth by turning a double-play, and Crowel got Josh Greco to fly out harmlessly to center to strand a pair of Jasper baserunners one inning later.
Bogusevic came on in the seventh and gave up just one hit in two innings of relief, and Charron struck out the side in the ninth to seal the Green Wave shutout. The Green Wave offense, meanwhile, added a pair of runs in the eighth when reserve outfielder Gerald Clark ripped a two-run single through the left side of the infield to account for Tulane's final runs.
Crowel got the win for the Green Wave after scattering six singles while walking two and striking out a pair in a 6.0 inning start to improve to 3-0 on the year. Wirtz was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits and a walk in 2.0 innings of work.The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, March 11 when they take on arch-rival LSU at Zephry Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m.