April 12, 2003
NEW ORLEANS - Brian Bormaster's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning broke a tie and helped lead Tulane to a 4-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday in the second game of a Conference USA series at Turchin Stadium.
Tommy Manzella led off the seventh with a single up the middle and moved to third base on Gerald Clark's single to right center. Bormaster then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to score Manzella and give the Green Wave the lead for good.
Aaron Feldman gave the Green Wave an insurance run in the eighth inning with an RBI single to center field for the final margin of victory.
Tulane (25-11, 8-6 C-USA) had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after four innings before Hyung Cho tied the game with a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 18-17 overall and equaled their loss total from all of the 2002 season. UH also fell to 9-5 overall in C-USA play.
The series wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday. UH sophomore righthander Garrett Mock (2-2, 3.86) is scheduled to start for the Cougars with Tulane slated to throw righthander Cory Hahn (6-1, 2.23).
Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by visiting www.UHcougars.com and clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.
UH starter Danny Zell dropped to 7-3 this season after allowing four runs off 11 hits with six strikeouts in eight innings of work. Tulane starter J.R. Crowel tossed his first complete game of the year and improved to 6-0 after scattering two runs off five hits.
Michael Bourn went 2-for-3 with a run, while Cho batted 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs to lead the UH offense, which managed only five hits in the contest.
Tony Giarratano went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Manzella batted 2-for-4 with a pair of runs to top Tulane, which rapped 11 in the game.
Tulane jumped into the lead in the third inning when Giarratano's RBI-single to right field scored Manzella. The Green Wave doubled its lead in one inning later when Jonny Kaplan led off the frame with a solo shot over the right field wall.
However, the Cougars knotted the game in the fifth inning with a pair of runs. Michael Bourn laced an infield single off the glove of Tulane third baseman Turner Brumby and came around to score when Cho blasted a two-run homer to left field for his team-leading eighth of the year.