Baseball Falls to Tulane, 2-1, in 10 Innings
Feb. 23, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, LA.-Senior third baseman James Jurries went 4-for-5, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, to lead the Tulane University baseball team past George Washington, 2-1, in a hard-fought, extra-inning contest Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
Brian Bormaster led off the bottom of the 10th with a single through the left side, and was replaced on the base path by pinch runner Roydell Williams. Jon Kaplan laid down a bunt in an attempt to sacrifice Williams to second, but pitcher Jason Baker decided to make a play on Williams which was not in time, and the Green Wave had two runners on and nobody out. After failing to get a bunt down twice, second baseman Turner Brumby flew out to centerfield, but the shot was deep enough to advance Williams to third. Then, on a 0-1 pitch, Jurries lined a shot past Colonial shortstop Nick Iovacchini and Tulane claimed its second walk-off victory of the 2002 season.
"I was looking to put the ball into the outfield a little more," Jurries said. "The guy has a real good change-up, and I had played against him in the Cape (Cod League). The first pitch, he came with a fastball that was outside. Then he threw me a change (up) and it got me out on my front foot. If I don't get the barrel of the bat on the ball, it probably would have been a line drive to the shortstop.
"You've got to tip your cap to (George Washington). They're playing really well and their pitchers are pitching. The key for us tomorrow is to come out and be aggressive. The way you get out of hitting funks is to be aggressive."
While Jurries was getting it done at the plate, starter Nick Bourgeois and reliever Joey Charron were in command on the mound all day as the duo combined for 11 strikeouts and no walks while allowing seven hits and one earned run. Bourgeois pitched well enough to win, striking out seven in 7.1 innings, but it was Charron (3-1) who earned the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings on the hill.
The Green Wave out-hit the Colonials 10-7, but the combination of Baker and starter David Rodriguez kept the Tulane batters off balance throughout much of the contest. The pair from GW struck out five, including three by Baker in 5.1 innings of relief, but the Green Wave put it all together in the extra frame to come away with the victory.
For the second consecutive game, George Washington got on the board first. With one away in the fourth inning, first baseman Jeff Fertitta singled, advanced to second on a Bourgeois wild pitch, and came around to score on a double by third baseman Chris Barry two batters later. The Green Wave would pound out four hits through the first five innings, but it would not be until the bottom of the sixth before Tulane would get on the board to tie things up. Brumby hit a one-out single, advanced to third on a double by Jurries and scored on a sacrifice fly to deep right field by sophomore first baseman Michael Aubrey.
The score would remain knotted at 1-all until Jurries 10th-inning aggressive play, and Charron kept the Colonials at bay the rest of the afternoon. Coming in with one out in the eight and the go-ahead run at second base, Charron struck out leadoff hitter Travis Crowder and got Iovacchini to ground out to shortstop Anthony Giarratano to end the rally. Charron did give up a pair of doubles - a one out double by right fielder Mike Bassett in the ninth and a two-out two-bagger by centerfielder Tony Brown in the 10th - but he would work out of the jam in both situations with a pair of strikeouts and a grounder to short, respectively.
Tulane and George Washington close out the three-game series with the rubber match on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at Turchin Stadium.