Baseball Falls To Tulane Friday Night In C-USA Series Opener

April 27, 2001

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane took advantage of four errors and Jake Gautreau smashed his 16th home run of the season in a seven-run eighth to lead the Green Wave in a come-from-behind 11-6 victory over UAB here Friday night in Conference USA baseball action.

The Wave (37-8 overall, 14-5 in C-USA) won their ninth game this season in their last at bat as Gautreau completed the big-run inning with a three-run homer.

UAB (22-21, 5-14) took the lead in the seventh 5-4 as they exploded for four runs. Eric Lyon began the scoring with a RBI single and then Al Hecklinski recorded his fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to give the Blazers the advantage.

Mark Garner extended the short-lived UAB lead with his second home run of the campaign to open the seventh.

UAB reliever Blake Allen (3-4) got tagged with the loss by allowing four runs (one earned) in a third of an inning worked. Allen was the second of three pitchers for the Blazers in the contest.

Joey Charron, the third Wave pitcher of the night, hurled the final 2 1/3 and allowed a run on a hit with two walks and four strikeouts to earn the win, improving to 2-0.

The Blazers struck early as they recorded a pair of consecutive doubles to start the game. Mitch Jones started the first with a two-base hit to right center and was driven in by Cory Acklus' double to center.

UAB starter Joe Yarbrough pitched to the minimum of hitters through three innings despite three walks before the Wave were able tie the score in the fourth on a RBI double by Jake Gautreau.

The Wave took its first advantage in the sixth. Yarbrough got the first two outs in the frame and got Aaron Freeman to strikeout but a wild pitch allowed him to reach first. Tulane then got a pair of singles the second one from Aubrey that plated one with another run scoring on an error. Matt Groff then doubled in the last run to make the score 4-1.

Tulane first baseman Steve Shirley, who ranks in C-USA in RBI and third in home runs, was taken off the field in the second inning after sustaining a lower left leg injury on a slide at second base on a force out.

The two teams continue the series with a 2 p.m. contest Saturday afternoon.