April 11, 2003
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane took advantage of two hits and a costly infield error to score two unearned runs on the way to a 2-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team Friday in the first game of a Conference USA series at Turchin Stadium.
The Cougars (18-16, 9-4 C-USA) had taken the lead in the top of the sixth inning on Stuart Musslewhite's RBI-double before the Green Wave answered in the bottom of the frame. It was the fifth straight one-run game for the Cougars in C-USA play and dropped their record in those nail-biters to 7-3 overall this season.
Despite the loss, the Cougars remained atop the C-USA standings in a tie with Southern Mississippi, which was an 8-5 loser at Charlotte.
The series continues at 2 p.m., Saturday at Turchin Stadium. UH junior southpaw Danny Zell (7-2. 1.95) is slated to start for the Cougars while Tulane righthander J.R. Crowel (5-0, 2.85) will take the hill for the Green Wave.
Fans can catch the action on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before first pitch. For live stats with batter-by-batter action, fans can also visit the UH web site at www.UHcougars.com and click on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.
UH starter Brad Sullivan collected the loss and dropped to 4-4 this season but deserved a better fate. The Nederland, Texas, native allowed two unearned runs and only four hits with four strikeouts through six innings.
Tulane starter Brian Bogusevic improved to 2-2 after scattering one run off seven hits with a pair of strikeouts in the winning effort.
It took some time, but the Cougars struck for the game's first run in the sixth inning. After drawing a leadoff walk, Thanos Papavasiliou moved into scoring position following Cole Bruce's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Musslewhite laced an RBI-double into left center to score Papavasiliou for a 1-0 UH lead.
However, the Green Wave answered with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. Jonny Kaplan raced all the way from first base to score the tying run when Aaron Feldman reached on a two-out UH error. Feldman then came around to score from second base on Tommy Manzella's RBI-single in the infield.
Kaplan went 2-for-4 with a run to lead Tulane.