Feb. 25, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - More eighth inning heroics helped the Tulane baseball team to a 5-4 victory over George Washington to open the series on Friday (Feb. 25) inside Green Field at Turchin Stadium. Trailing 4-1 entering the seventh, the Green Wave grabbed a pair of runs in that inning and RBI's from Nick Schneeberger and Nick Boullosa in the eighth eventually proved put Tulane ahead for good in their victory.
"We won a ballgame and I am not going to discount that, but fundamentally we were bad in a lot of areas," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "Boullosa had a really good night and made us go. When he does that it helps us a ton. Don't discount Alex Facundus giving us the clean seventh and eighth. Two big hits there, but Schneeberger's certainly was a big one to tie it."
Tulane (3-2) opened the scoring in a game for the first time this season as they tallied a run in the bottom of the first inning against George Washington (2-3) starting pitcher Brain Derner. Brandon Boudreaux reached via error by the first baseman and Jeremy Schaffer followed with a one-out double to right-center field to give the Green Wave an early 1-0 lead.
The Colonials tied the game up with a single run in the second inning. Paul Pakan doubled to lead off the inning and stole third after a flyball to right field. George Washington then signaled the squeeze play and Brett Bowers converted to score the game tying run.
Flynn exited after six innings of work in his 30th consecutive series opening start and received a no decision. The senior allowed four runs - only two earned - on seven hits, walking one and struck out seven.
"I thought it was workman-like," Jones said. "In the fourth, he looked like he labored a bit, but then in the fifth he was really good, and then he deserved a much better fate in the sixth. He got two infield singles and we didn't handle the baseball or the situation. He deserved a better fate. After 95 pitches we got him out. And then Facundus did a good job."
The Green Wave benefitted from another GW error in the seventh inning and pulled the score within a run at 4-3. In the frame, Nick Boullosa walked and advanced to third on a dropped flyball that allowed Boudreaux to reach second base. After a walk to Blake Crohan loaded the bases, Schaffer singled up the middle to collect give him three RBI's on the night.
Alex Facundus relieved Flynn in the seventh and tossed a pair of scoreless innings and allowed just a walk to give Tulane an opportunity to rally. The freshman struck out one and collected his second win of the season in relief.
Matt Ryan singled to start the frame and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Briggs Barrios. Garrett Cannizaro stepped to the plate and lined a single into right field and Ryan was waved home. A perfect throw from Tyler McCarthy cut the run down at the plate, but Cannizaro advanced to second on the throw. Schneeberger then drove a ball into the left-center field gap, scoring Cannizaro, and slid into third base for his first hit as a Greenie. Boullosa then hit a chopper to the first baseman - who was playing near the outfield grass - and hustled down the line to beat it out for an infield hit, scoring the go ahead run from third.
With the score at 5-4 in favor of the Green Wave, senior Nick Pepitone emerged from the bullpen and tossed a scoreless ninth to collect his second save of the season. Pepitone struck out two, including the final batter of the game, and walked one to nail down his 19th career save.
The Green Wave matched their season total with three extra base hits in the contest and Boullosa went three-for-three with a walk, a run scored, a stolen base and the game-winning RBI. Schaffer collected pair of hits and drove in three RBI's, while Boudreaux reached twice via error and was hit by a pitch, scoring a pair of runs. Ryan singled and walked in the game and Schneeberger posted the team's first triple of the season.
The Green Wave and Colonials will take to the Turf at Turchin for the second game of their series on Saturday, Feb. 26, with first pitch scheduled for at 2:00. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE or log onto www.tulanegreenwave.com.b