Monday, June 11, 2001
OMAHA, Neb. >> One week after knocking the defending national champion out of the NCAA tournament, Tulane did the same to the crowd favorite at the College World Series.
Tulane eliminatesAssociated Press
Nebraska from CWS
The Green Wave stayed alive in its first CWS by holding off Nebraska, 6-5, yesterday, ending the 'Huskers' first trip to one of the state's most popular sporting events.
"We get a chance stay alive and hopefully build on this thing," coach Rick Jones said.
Jake Gautreau's leadoff homer sparked a four-run sixth inning, and Tulane (56-12) held off the Cornhuskers the rest of the way.
Michael Aubrey, the Green Wave's designated hitter for the first seven innings, pitched the final two for his first save as Tulane sent the home-state Cornhuskers back to Lincoln without a CWS win.
"I went out there and knew I had a job to do," Aubrey said. "In the ninth inning, hitting was cleared from my mind. I took a breath, stepped on the mound and did my job."
The Green Wave will play Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game tomorrow.
Stanford 5, Cal St. Fullerton 2: Chris O'Riordan's go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning led Stanford in a hard-fought pitcher's duel.
Stanford starter Mike Gosling and Cal State Fullerton's Kirk Saarloos were masterful in adding a new twist to this year's College World Series -- a well-pitched game by both teams.
Gosling had allowed just two hits, a single to Kay in the second and Louie Lamoure's solo homer in the fifth, before getting into trouble in the eighth.
Saarloos allowed one run and five hits. He struck out three and walked none in 813 innings. Saarloos has walked just three in his last 3713 innings.