Feb. 26, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The offense arrived on Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium as the Tulane baseball team racked up 14 hits in their 12-1 victory over George Washington. The top five hitters in the Tulane lineup accounted for 11 of the team's 14 hits, while Blake Crohan and Jeremy Schaffer combined to drive in six of the Green Wave's 11 RBI's.
"We swung the bats better today and got into their bullpen," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We had some better execution with runners at third and less than two (outs) and had some good two strike, two out at bats that enabled us to get into their bullpen early. Robby had good stuff today and, with the exception of a few hitters, he had good command."
Tulane (4-2) opened the scoring for the second straight contest with three runs against George Washington (2-4) starting pitcher Joe Richardson. After recording the first out of the game, Richardson allowed the next six batters to reach base, including RBI's coming from Schaffer, Matt Ryan and Nick Schneeberger, to allow Tulane to grab an early 3-0 lead.
The Olive and Blue tacked on four more runs in the second inning against Richardson, collecting three hits and benefitting from a Colonial error. Nick Boullosa got the inning started with a one-out double down the right field line and Boudreaux walked with the final pitch being a wild pitch that allowed Boullosa to move to third. After Boudreaux stole second base, Crohan singled up the middle to plate the first two runs of the inning. Schaffer followed with a double to score Crohan and later scored on a throwing error by the GW second baseman.
Robby Broach exited after five innings of work in his second start of the season. The redshirt-junior held the Colonials scoreless, allowing just five hits, walking two and striking out four batters to improve to 1-0 this year.
George Washington scratched across a run in the top of the sixth, but Brandon Boudreaux answered with a leadoff home run to right field in the bottom half of the frame. It was his first home run of the season and gave Tulane a 10-1 lead. Crohan added two more RBI's in the seventh to cap the scoring for the Green Wave and account for the final score of 12-1.
On the mound, Zizinia tossed two innings and allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts. D.J. Ponder threw a scoreless frame with a strikeout and Greg Miller closed things out with a run-free ninth inning.
Crohan led all hitters with a three-for-four day at the plate to go along with two runs scored and four RBI's. Boudreaux, Boullosa, Cannizaro, Ryan and Schaffer all accounted for two hits apiece, with Schaffer and Cannizaro each driving in two RBI's. The Green Wave walked five times and Briggs Barrios was hit by a pitch to sum up most of the Green Wave offense.
The Green Wave and Colonials will take to the Turf at Turchin for the series finale of their series on Sunday, Feb. 27, with first pitch scheduled for Noon. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE or log onto www.tulanegreenwave.com.