Sophomore Alex Facundus Picked Up His First Win of 2012 on Saturday Versus the Hoosiers
Feb. 25, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS - It was a game that featured 442 total pitches, lasted four-hours and ten minutes and three lead changes, but in the end a bases loaded single from Andrew Garner propelled the Tulane baseball team to a 9-8 victory over visiting Indiana on Saturday (Feb. 25) afternoon on the turf of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The two teams combined for 31 hits, 13 walks, 26 runners left on base and on marathon of a baseball game that started in the sunlight and ended under the lights.
It was déjà vu all over again for head coach Rick Jones when the Green Wave (6-1) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after one inning, but again found themselves fighting for the lead late in the game. Tulane trailed 8-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but a pair of runs in the seventh and a run in the eight tied the game. The late inning heroics were capped by a bases loaded single from Andrew Garner with one out in the 12th inning.
"I thought that we were very aggressive (at the plate) early," said Jones, "but I thought, in the middle innings, we lost that aggressiveness...but you have to give credit to Indiana's pitchers. They did a good job of getting ahead (in the count) and making us hit their pitch. We got a couple of huge at bats late, too many to mention all of them, but Sean Potkay and Blake Crohan had two big at bats and Andrew Garner put a good swing on a fastball (in the twelfth), he really did a good job hitting that ball."
A four run first inning was followed by a single run the second inning, which forced Indiana (2-3) skipper Tracy Smith to pull starting pitcher Chad Martin with no one out and two runners on base. Tulane opened the game with a walk to Brandon Boudreaux and a single from Garrett Cannizaro, before Jeremy Schaffer smacked his 34th career home run - second of the season - off the of left field foul pole to stake TU to the early 3-0 edge. A Sean Potkay double later in the inning scored Blake Crohan, who singled with four outs, and it was 4-0 in favor of the home team.
After the Hoosiers picked up two runs of their own in the second inning, Brennan Middleton single, stole second base and advanced to third on a Boudreaux single to start the frame, before Cannizaro singled to plate the fifth run of the game with no outs. Insert IU reliever Jonny Hoffman and it was a different story line. Hoffman surrendered three hits and walked a batter, but tossed the next three and one-thirds innings scoreless to give Indiana their chance to take the lead.
A throwing error led to the third run of the game for Indiana in the third inning and the Hoosiers used a two-run home run form Kyle Schwarber and a three-run blast by Chris Sujka in the fifth to grab their first lead of the weekend at 8-5.
From that point on, the Green Wave scored four unanswered runs off of five separate pitchers to complete the comeback. A pair of runs in the seventh inning came on a two-RBI single up the middle from Middleton and Crohan's two-out RBI single in the eighth plated Schneeberger - who doubled earlier in the frame - to knot the game at 8-8.
Alex Facundus (1-0) tossed the last four and one-thirds innings on the mound for Tulane - throwing 62 pitches - and didn't allow a run to go along with four strikeouts. The sophomore set career-highs in innings pitched, pitches thrown and strikeouts to grab his ninth career victory on the mound.
Both teams would threaten down the stretch, but neither would break until the 12th inning when Tulane loaded the bases with two outs. Boudreaux and Cannizaro each drew one out walks and Schneeberger walked with two outs to bring up Garner. The sophomore started the contest 0-for-4 and singled to start the 11th, but was thrown out at third base trying to advance.
"Early on, I was struggling big time," said sophomore designated hitter Andrew Garner, "and I just thought that I needed to redeem myself (from an earlier base running error) and luckily I did. I had better at bats later in the game. I knew he was going to pound the zone early and I figured he would try to get ahead and throw a first pitch fastball. Luckily I got (the fastball) and didn't try to do too much, I just put the bat on it and was able to drive (the winning run) in."
It was the first game winning hit for the sophomore from Lake Jackson, Texas and extended his hitting streak to three games.
"I told (Garner) he'd better get aggressive early in the count on the fastball and get his money's worth," said Jones. "It was as simple as that. He is a good player and as long as he trusts his ability and gets his money's worth at the plate he has a lot of upside."
Also in the contest, Boudreaux and Middleton extended their respective hitting streaks to four games. Crohan posted his third straight game with multiple hits, Cannizaro added a pair of hits and Potkay singled and doubled twice for his first career three-hit game.
The series between the Green Wave and the Hoosiers will conclude with the final game on Sunday, Feb. 26 starting at 1:00.
- All nine players in the Green Wave lineup collected hits in the game, with Garrett Cannizaro, Blake Crohan, Andrew Garner, Brennan Middleton, Sean Potkay and Nick Schneeberger all collecting multi-hit games.
- Alex Facundus picked up his ninth career pitching victory (9-2).
- Facundus set career highs for innings pitched (4 1/3), pitches thrown (62) and strikeouts.
- Jeremy Schaffer hit his 34th career home run - a three-run homer - and posted his 42nd career multi-RBI game.
- Crohan posted his third straight multi-hit game with two singles in the contest. - Middleton tied his career-high with three hits and set a new career high with two stolen bases.
- That is the second walk-off win of the season for Tulane, who beat Siena 5-4 on opening night on a Schneeberger walk off single with the bases loaded.
- The four-hour and ten-minute game was the longest since Tulane played a four-hour and eleven minute affair with Florida State in their final game of the 2008 season (June 2) at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.