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TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Andrew Garner Picked Up the Win and Homered in the Saturday Contest versus Siena
Andrew Garner Picked Up the Win and Homered in the Saturday Contest versus Siena

Feb. 18, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - It was a battle between a pair of foes on Saturday afternoon for the Green Wave baseball team and they won one of those two battles. Mother Nature was victorious when it was all said and done, but the Green Wave scored early and often in their 8-1 victory over Siena on the water-logged turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The game was an official game, being called after Siena hit in the top of the fifth inning, and the two teams will now play two games on Sunday (Feb. 19) starting at 10:00 a.m.

"We can't do anything about the weather and we were ahead when they (called it)," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "Tyler was keeping the ball down in the zone and got a pair of double play balls that really helped him. He did what he had to do on a day when the wind was blowing out like it was today. Anytime you have (the top of your order) getting on base that sets the table for the rest of the team. Brandon and Garret swung the bats well today, Schaffer's had some timely hits, Nick's really gotten off to a great start and Andrew is swinging the bat just like he had in the preseason."

The offense wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring five times in the opening inning. Brandon Boudreaux tripled to start the game and scored on a base hit by Garrett Cannizaro. After Jeremy Schaffer singled, Cannizaro scored on a throwing error by the Siena third baseman, which allowed Nick Schneeberger to reach base. Schneeberger stole second base and an errant throw allowed Schaffer to jog home for the third run. Later in the inning, Andrew Garner clubbed his first career home run - a solo homer - to right center field to make it 4-0. Brennan Middleton drove in the final run of the inning when Cody Robinson reached on a three-base error by the left fielder and Middleton singled to center field to make it 5-0.



Larry Balkwill supplied all of the offense for the Saints with a second inning solo home run against Mapes, but Boudreaux followed with a leadoff home run to start the Tulane half of the inning and Schneeberger doubled to drive in his first RBI of the afternoon, following a Cannizaro triple.

Tyler Mapes got the start and held the Saints to just one run on four hits through three and one-thirds innings, before falling victim to the weather and pulling a no decision from his first start at Tulane. Mapes got a pair of double plays and fanned one in his first start of the year.

Tulane tacked on one more run in the fourth when Schneeberger drove in Cannizaro from second base with a single up the middle to make it 8-1 in favor of the Olive and Blue.

Garner came on in relief of Mapes after a 2:28 minute rain delay in the top of the third inning and retired five of the seven batters he faced to collect the victory. The sophomore struck out two, walked one and allowed a single in his first appearance of the season on the mound.

The game featured a six minute rain delay in the bottom of the first inning, was stopped for 2:28 minutes in the top of the third and a lightning strike at 5:06 stopped the game for good.

Boudreaux, Cannizaro and Schneeberger all basted three hits in the contest. Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to five games, scored three runs and drove in an RBI, while Schneeberger posted his eight career multi-RBI game and 14th career multi-hit game in the contest. Garner, Middleton and Schaffer - along with Boudreaux, Cannizaro and Schneeberger - have each hit safely in the first two contests.

Vincent CItro and Mike Fish each collected two hits for the Saints.

Tulane's Alex Massey will oppose Siena's C.J. Sohl in the first game of the double-header on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10:00 a.m. and Kyle McKenzie will start game two for the Green Wave against Jimmy Meindl for the Saints. Both games will be seven inning games, with the second contest starting approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.

- Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to five games with a pair of hits on Saturday vs. Siena
- Schneeberger and Middleton each extended their hitting streaks to three games
- Garner hit his first career home run in the first inning off of Ryan Poplawski
- Garner became the first player since Micah Owings (May 6, 2005 vs. Memphis) to hit a home run and pick up the win on the mound in the same game
- Schneeberger stole a base for the second straight game on Saturday
- The bullpen has picked up both victories on the mound for the Tulane pitching staff