Feb. 19, 2012
Junior S. Potkay Postgame Comments (Video) | Junior D. Napoli Postgame Comments (Video)
NEW ORLEANS - Siena jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the Tulane baseball team in their series finale, but the Green Wave rallied to score five unanswered five and went on to a 5-3 victory to sweep the season opening series on Sunday (Feb. 19) inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane had four players post multi-hit games for the third time this season, while Garrett Cannizaro and Nick Schneeberger each drove in an RBI in their fourth straight contest.
Kyle McKenzie made his first start since suffering a season ending injury at Southern Miss last season on March 26 and didn't record an out. The redshirt-sophomore walked two and hit a batter to load the bases and a dropped flyball off the bat of Larry Balkwill cleared the bases and gave Siena (0-4) a 3-0 lead. After walking the next batter, McKenzie was relieved by David Napoli and Napoli combined with Alex Facundus to hold the Saints off of the scoreboard the rest of the afternoon."
"David Napoli did a really good job of getting us out of the first inning," said head coach Rick Jones, "and he really settled in and got us all the way to the seventh. I thought Alex (Facundus) threw well in the seventh. I was very pleased with the way (all four pitchers) threw today (in the doubleheader)."
Nick Schneeberger plated the final run of the game in the fourth inning with an infield single, scoring Boudreaux who had singled earlier in the frame. It was the third hit for Schneeberger and his fifth RBI of the season.
Napoli (1-0) allowed only one batter to reach base from the second inning to the fifth and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Balkwill spoiled the no-hitter with a double down the left field line to start the sixth inning, but Napoli got out of the inning and preserved a 5-3 lead.
Overall, Napoli threw six innings, allowing only two hits - with one walk - and struck out five batters to pick up his first win of the season. Alex Facundus came on in the seventh inning and struck out the first batter he faced, issued a walk and got another strikeout and a pop out to right field to preserve the victory and collect his first career save.
Tulane outhit the Saints 11-2 in the series finale and the Green Wave only struck out once at the plate. Each pitching staff walked five batters, but the Olive and Blue fanned seven Siena hitters.
"(Putting runners in motion) is something we are trying to do as much as we can this season." said Jones. "We talked about it in preseason, that it was something that had to be a focal point for us and we are going to continue to do that, within the reason of why you do it and with the right personnel. We hit the ball well today and some of our veteran guys got some good swings on some balls early."
Boudreaux and Schneeberger each boasted three hits in the game and collected RBIs, while Middleton and Cannizaro had two hits apiece. Middleton drove in two RBIs, as well, with Cannizaro posting an RBI for the fourth straight contest.
A recap from game one can be found by clicking here.
The Green Wave will take their four game winning streak on the road for a Tuesday, Feb. 21 contest at Louisiana-Monroe. Tulane will take on the Warhawks starting at Noon, with the game available on the Tulane All-Access player at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
- Tulane leads all-time series with Siena, 10-0
- David Napoli picked up his first win of the season and second of his career on Sunday versus Siena
- Brandon Boudreaux and Nick Schneeberger each posted three-hit games in the series finale
- Garrett Cannizaro and Schneeberger has posted an RBI in each of the first four games
- Brennan Middleton, Cannizaro and Schneeberger have all reached base in all four games this season