of Tulane Baseball
1998 Tulane Baseball
an update of
years 1998 - 2002 will be appended to the end of
After 100 years and more than
1,200 victories, Tulane baseball begins its second century of
competition. From vacant lots and intramural competition to
night games and sleeveless uniforms, Green Wave baseball teams have
On May 12, 1893, a team of
Tulanians went to Baton Rouge to play what was the first scheduled
intercollegiate baseball game in the history of Tulane.
Tulane lost 10-8, but the
reason for the defeat, according to the Tulane team, seems to be a bit
strange in view of the athletic rivalry which has developed between Tulane
and Louisianan State.
The Tulane teams was, it
declared, greatly weakened by LSU's hospitality. There was a
dance on the night before the game which lasted until 3 a.m. Someone, it
appears, slipped some libations into the punch bowl.
In 1899, Tulane became a member of what was called
the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
formed by 19 colleges and
In 1916, however, Tulane had problems with
finances and a lack of interest from the student
body, so a number of games were cancelled and the
Green Wave only played five games, including four
with the tigers.
the problems of 1916, Tulane officials decided
that it would be in the best interest of the
university to not have a team in 1917.
a two-year hiatus, several students pleaded with
university officials to have a baseball team in
1919. That season, Tulane finished with a
6-3 record, but baseball fell by the wayside again
and was absent until 1923.
September of 1922, a meeting of the Tulane
Athletic Council took place, discussing the future
of Tulane baseball. A suggestions by Dr. A.
B. Dinwiddie to hire Bruce Hays to coach the Green
Wave for a salary of $300 was unanimously approved
by the council.
a poor 2-8-2 season in 1923, Claude Simmons Sr.
Took over as head coach in 1924. After a
very successful opening season, finishing with a
9-4 record, Simmons' teams struggled, and in his
final season, Tulane was winless, finishing
0-9. Minutes from the old Tulane Athletic
Council show that the support from the student
body and alumni was obsolete.
in the early 1930s, baseball at Tulane could only
be seen being played on the campus in unorganized
pickup games. However, students petitioned
to bring baseball back and to have baseball
properly funded so that it would be successful in
petition was the turning point for the future of
Tulane baseball as the Athletic Council honored
the students request and baseball was returned
1938, Claude "Monk" Simons Jr. became
Tulane's head coach. Simons was hired to
attempt to gain the interest of the student body
and to rejuvenate baseball at Tulane.
coached from 1938-41 and 1943-49 and compiled a
105-69 record, including seven winning seasons,
and was considered the coach to get Tulane
baseball headed in the right direction.
of Simons' best years was in 1945 when the Green
Wave finished 21-5 and was led by Bobby
Brown. Brown, who was the American
League President from 1984 to 1994, earned
nicknames such as the "Tulane Tornado"
and Beltin Bobby." He hit for a .444
average in 1945.
went on to play for the New York Yankees and in
four World Series. He retired from baseball
in 1954 with a .279 lifetime average.
one of Simons' products was outfielder Ben Abadie.
Abadie hit for over a .300 career average at
Tulane and led the Green Wave to a 17-3 record in
1948 and a 14-8 in 1949.
coached the Green Wave from 1955-57 and again from
1964-66, when he retired from the position due to
a back injury. He retired with a 70-62-1
record and turned over the reins as head coach to
one of his former players, Milt Retif.
coached for eight seasons becoming Tulane's
winningest coach in baseball history with a 123-73
record. After a 8-12 inaugural season and
going 10-10 in his second season, Retif had six
straight winning seasons, 15-3 in '69, 15-7 in
'70, 16-10 in '71, 23-6 in '72, 15-13 in '73 and
21-12 in his final season.
the summer of 1974, Tulane announced that Joe
Brockhoff, one of the most successful coaches in
high school baseball, would become the Green
Wave's next head coach. In his first
season, the Green Wave finished with a 24-11
record, the most wins in a single season by a
was a year that Tulane baseball made
history. On May 13, against Florida State,
Kenny Francingues pitched a complete game to
defeat the Seminoles 5-2, to win its first Metro
Conference Championship. The win was
also the firt Metor Championship for the school in
win automatically qualified them for the NCAA
tournament, the first time that the Green Wave
appeared in postseason competition.
The Green Wave, however, lost its first tow games
to Murray State and Mississippi State.
took just five years for Brockhoff to become
Tulane's winningest coach. On March 29,
1979, the Green Wave defeated Stetson 12-2 giving
Brockhoff his 124th win at Tulane.
1982-87, the Green Wave won no fewer than 38
games, hit the 40-win plateau five out of six
years and compiled a record of 259-104.
that period, Coach Brockhoff's crew made three
trips to the NCAA Regionals ('83, '86 and '87),
and in 1986, Tulane was one game away from
advancing to the College World Series as the Green
Wave lost to LSU 7-6 in the championship game of
the South I Regional in Baton Rouge.
1992, Tulane was back in the limelight. The
Green Wave finished with a 39-24 record and a bid
back to the NCAA Regional. After a
33-22 finish in regular season play, and a 9-9
record in Metro Conference play, Tulane was seeded
fourth in the Metro Tournament. For the
first time, the Green Wave played host to the
tournament, and it paid off.
May 16, 10 years after its last title, the Green
Wave won the Metro Conference Tournament title,
winning five straight games to gain the automatic
berth to the NCAA Regionals.
Jones took over the reins in 1994 and became the
first Green Wave head coach to lead Tulane to the
NCAA Regionals in his inaugural year.
The Wave finished 41-24 in Jones' first season
after finishing second in the Metro Tournament and
winning one of three games in the NCAA South
Regional at Baton Rouge.
1996 the Green Wave won the first ever Conference
USA Tournament and went to the NCAA Tournament for
the second time under coach Jones. The
1997 team won the school's first ever regular
season baseball championship, going 19-7 in
Conference USA action to clinch the second
championship trophy in 2 years.
1998 season was a turning point in Green Wave
baseball history, winning 48 games. The team
was full of hitters, including Chad Sutter (1996
Freshman All American), Jason Sparks (1998
Collegiate Baseball All-American), Andy Cannizaro,
Brian Hughes, Jake Burnham, and Keith Graffagnini.
Pitching was also plentiful, including 13 game
winner Josh Bobbit (1998 Collegiate Baseball
All-American). Raul Echeverz and Craig
Brown. The team won both the Conference USA
regular season Championship, and the Conference
Tournament. The 1998 Green Wave
finished the season by winning 17 of its last 18
games before going to the South II Regional at
Baton Rouge. Unfortunately, the luck
didn't hold out, and after defeating USL 11-5 in
the first game, the Green Wave lost the next
2. Final record for the season was 48-15.
the 48 win season of 1998, Tulane picked up right
where they left off, and won another 48 games in
1999, finishing at 48-17. Incoming
freshmen Jake Gautreau (2000 and 2001 All
American), and James Juries (1999 Freshman of the
Year), added strength to the lineup of Chad
Sutter, Jason Sparks, Andy Cannizaro, Matt
Groff, and Mickey McKee. Pitching included
Henry Bonilla and Brandon Belanger.
The Green Wave finished 2nd in the regular season,
but then won the C-USA conference tournament,
earning the Green Wave their 1st number 1 seed in
the NCAA Regionals. Unfortunately, the Green
Wave did not win the bid to host the regional, so
they were sent to Auburn.
there, the Green Wave dropped their 1st game, 8-7,
then stormed back to win the next 3.
The Green Wave was able to beat Auburn 7-5 in the
first game of the championship game, but fell 13-9
in the final game.
post-season awards were plentiful for the Green
Wave, as Chad Sutter, James Jurries, Henry
Bonilla, Andy Cannizaro, and Brandon Belanger were
all picked to various ALL - AMERICAN teams.
Jurries was picked the National Freshman of the
Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and
Collegiate Baseball Insider.
2000 season kept the post season string alive, as
Tulane finished with a record of 38-22-1, and a
berth in the NCAA Tournament. A trio
of pitchers and hitters were the mainstay of the
team. Gautreau, Jurries and Shirley
accounted for 37 of the team's 53 home runs, and
Berkowitz, Belanger, and Bonilla accounted for 25
of the 38 wins, and 12 of the 14
Green Wave defeated South Alabama, 4-3 in the
Starkville Regional, but then lost 2 games to
season did end on a high note for one player, as
Jake Gautreau was named 2000 Conference USA player
of the year. Jake was named an
All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the
American Baseball Coaches Association.
Berkowitz got into the post season awards, as he
was named an All-American by Collegiate
leadership. While most people talk
about leadership, few can understand what it can
mean to a team. The five seniors on the team
- Matt Groff, Jay Heintz, Steve Shirley, Barth
Melius, and Andy Cannizaro, are the only Tulane
class to play in four consecutive NCAA Regionals.
They went to Baton Rouge in 1998, Auburn in 1999,
Mississippi State in 2000, and played before the
home crowd in 2001.
impact players. Michael Aubrey, the
2001 Freshman of the Year (Baseball America and
Collegiate Baseball), along with Anthony
Giarratano (Freshman All Conference), and catchers
Scott Madden (C-USA All Conference Tournament
Team), Matt Mann, and Wyn Spencer, all made major
contributions to the team. Joey Charron,
WIll Walter, Kris Kline, and Dirck Hoagland all
contributed with quality innings throughout the
Green Wave stormed out of the gate, winning their
first 8 contests. The followed that by
winning 18 of their first 21, and ending up the
regular season by winning 22 of their last 24
the post season, Tulane dropped their first C-USA
Tournament game, and then won 5 straight out of
the losers bracket, to win the C-USA Tournament
Championship, defeating South Florida 21-4.
the first time in Tulane history, the Green Wave
hosted a NCAA Regional, with Southern, Oklahoma
State, and Ole Miss participating.
started off the regional by defeating Southern by
the score of 22-9. Tulane's power continued
in the second game, as they defeated Oklahoma
State 13-10. Tulane then faced
Oklahoma State in the Championship, and defeated
9-8, on a two out, bases loaded, two run single by
James Jurries. Joey Charron
picked up his third consecutive win by pitching
1.2 innings, and allowing only one run.
was paired up with LSU in the Super Regional, and
because of the potential audience, Zephyr field
was chosen as the location.
the first game, Tulane loses a heart breaker, 4-3
in 13 innings. Anthony Giarratano went 5-6,
and Aubrey drove in a pair of runs.
Saturday, with a win, LSU would be on their way to
the College World Series. The Green Wave had
other ideas. Tulane jumped on the tigers,
with a 4 run 1st, and Jon Kaplan started it all
with a lead off home run. Andy
Cannizaro added a home run in the seventh, but LSU
would come back with 4 runs in the bottom of the
seventh, but Tulane held a 7-4 lead.
Tulane would end the game with 2 runs in the top
of the ninth. Nick Bourgeois went 6 innings
for the win, and Joey Charron retired 7 of the 9
batters he faced to get the save.
- WINNER TAKES ALL - COLLEGE WORLD SERIES - OMAHA
day every pitcher dreams of - take command of a
Championship game. A game that would send
your team to the College World Series.
Beau Richardson reached out and caught that dream
by pitching a complete game. Nine innings,
scattering 7 hits, and striking out 8
batters. Tulane won the game 7-1, as
James Jurries drove in 2 runs, and Andy Cannizaro
scored 2 runs. With the win, Tulane
qualified for the College World
STOP - OMAHA!