Big First Inning Lifts Baseball Past Boston College, 14-6

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Sophomore first baseman Jeremy Schaffer went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI in Sunday's 14-6 win over Boston College.
Sophomore first baseman Jeremy Schaffer went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI in Sunday's 14-6 win over Boston College.

Feb. 21, 2010

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NEW ORLEANS - The Green Wave offense exploded for seven first-inning runs - including a grand slam off the bat of sophomore first baseman Jeremy Schaffer - as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Boston College, 14-6, in the weekend series finale Sunday afternoon in Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane had 19 hits, including five for extra bases, and never let the Eagles back in the game. After BC plated single runs in the second and third innings, the Green Wave answered with two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth to all but put the game on ice. With the win, Tulane improves to 1-2 on the year. Boston College, meanwhile, falls to 2-1.

"When you have 19 hits against a club as good as Boston College, obviously we had a real good approach at the plate," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Jamie Bruno gave us a lift today. Blake Crohan had a great day. Seeing Brennan Middleton, Garrett, Crohan, [Brandon] Boudreaux and all of those freshman players coming in against a club that is as experienced and talented as these guys are and have the kind of day offensively after having two tough games is maybe something we can reflect back on in a positive way."

Crohan led all players with four hits and three runs scored while Middleton was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Eight of Tulane's nine position starters had at least one hit, including two-hit performances by Boudreaux, Rob Segedin, Schaffer, Cannizaro and Bruno.

On the mound, meanwhile, sophomore right-hander Robby Broach made a successful return to the mound after missing all of last season with an arm injury. Making his first start since May 4, 2008, Broach scattered four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 5.0 innings.

He tossed a perfect first and gave up single runs in the second and third on a home run by BC right fielder John Spatola and an RBI-double by second baseman Matt Hamlet, respectively. Following a scoreless fourth, he ran into a bit of a jam as an infield single drove home a run and a two-out hit brought home another to make it 9-4 with the bases loaded. Broach, however, bounced back to get Spatola to fly out to shallow left to end the threat.

"Just having Robby Broach out there is a big plus for us, there's no question about it," Jones said. "It was big for him to get us through the fifth inning and make some big pitches when he had to. They were one swing away from being right back in the ballgame.

"The thing for Robby today was he didn't have real good command of his off-speed pitches early. He worked really hard to get that off-speed going, and when he did you could see the difference in his effectiveness. I think that is an example of the maturity level that he has."

Tulane wasted little time getting on the board as Boudreaux and Crohan hit back-to-back singles to open the home half of the first, Segedin was hit by a Andrew Del Colle offering to load the bases and Schaffer hammered the first pitch he saw out to left to give the Green Wave a 4-0 lead. From there, Cannizaro and freshman left fielder Alex Byo followed with consecutive one-out singles, Bruno brought the pair home with a two-run double to right, and Middleton put the finishing touch on the seven-run frame with an RBI single to center.

BC reliever Dane Clemens was able to keep Tulane off the scoreboard over the next two innings but the Green Wave got things going again in the fourth when Crohan plated Middleton with a run-scoring single and Segedin brought home Crohan with a triple to right. Boudreaux, Segedin and Schaffer each had RBI singles in the fifth and Bruno drove in a pair in the sixth with a single to right.

"We had some really good at bats today, some really good two-strike at-bats, and it started in the first," Jones said. "Brandon and Blake get us going, Seggy gets hit by the pitch and what's a clean-up hitter supposed to do? He got a hanging breaking ball and he put a good swing on it. I also thought we did a good job of tacking on and we had a lot of good two-out RBI. Those are the kind of things that we can build on."

Del Colle (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits in 1/3 of an inning of work. Tulane also scored a pair of runs off Clemens, three off of Matt Brazis and two more off Jim Laufer.

The Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when they take on cross-town foe UNO at 6 p.m. in Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. From there, Tulane will open a weekend series against Lipscomb on Friday, Feb. 24, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.