Freshman Alex Massey Picked Up His First Career Victory in his First Career Start on Saturday versus Siena
Feb. 19, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - It was a tie ballgame in the after two innings, but the Tulane baseball team rallied for three runs in the third and three more in the sixth inning to push their advantage to 8-2 and claim their third straight win over Siena in the opening game of the double-header on Sunday (Feb. 19) on the turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
In game one, Tulane (3-0) jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the second inning against Siena (0-3) starting pitcher C.J. Sohl. Nick Schneeberger single to start the inning and Blake Crohan executed the hit and run perfectly to put runners on the corners and one out. Sean Potkay singled in the next at-bat to drive in Schneeberger for his first career RBI and Brenna Middleton hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it a 2-0 lead in favor of the home team.
Siena struck back with a pair of their own runs - both unearned - in the top of the third inning against Tulane freshman starting pitcher Alex Massey (1-0). A botched double play ball was the culprit in the frame, but Siena took advantage when John Rooney doubled down the right field line to plate his first two RBIs of the 2012 season and tie the game.
Tulane added three runs in the third inning and three more in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 8-2. In the third, Potkay delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to right field and Crohan scored on a wild pitch after walking earlier in the frame. Garrett Cannizaro delivered an RBI double to open the scoring in the sixth and Schneeberger followed with a triple to right center field to account for the second run of the inning. A wild pitch allowed Schneeberger to scamper home and cap the scoring in the contest and make it an 8-2 lead for the Olive and Blue.
That was enough for Massey to pick up his first career victory with five innings of work. The rookie allowed two unearned runs on five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out six. Andrew Reeves came on to throw the final two innings of the contest and collected his first career save. The transfer from LSU-Eunice allowed a single and fanned three in his first appearance of the season.
Tulane out-hit the Saints 9-6, walking six times, as well, with three players logging multi-hit efforts.
Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of hits in the first game of the twinbill, while Potkay added a pair of hits and three RBIs in his first career start. Schneeberger pushed his hitting streak to four games, while Andrew Garner added two more hits to his early season total.
The second game of the double-header is scheduled for a 12:50 first pitch.
- Freshman Alex Massey won his first career start in the first game of the double header, throwing five inning and allowing just two unearned runs
- Junior Andrew Reeves posted his first career save with two scoreless innings
- Tulane had at least three players with multiple hits for the third straight game this season
- Garrett Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to six games - dating back to the 2011 Conference USA Tournament
- Cannizaro, Andrew Garner and Nick Schneeberger have all hit safely in the first three games of 2012