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Senior Nick Schneeberger Posted Two Hits and Plated Three RBIs in the Series Finale Versus Indiana

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Senior Nick Schneeberger Posted Two Hits and Plated Three RBIs in the Series Finale Versus Indiana
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Feb. 26, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - Baseball is a fickle game and on Sunday (Fe. 26) inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium that unpredictability reared its head in favor of the Tulane baseball team in their 6-2 victory over Indiana on the turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. After the Hoosiers took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, Tulane left the bases loaded the their half of the frame, that was followed by a base running error by IU that erased a triple in the seventh and TU scored five times over the final three innings to pick up their seventh win of the season.

"All weekend long we had a tough time getting that big hit with runners on (base)," said head coach Rick Jones, "but Nick (Schneeberger) stretched the lead and Andrew (Garner) did a really good job offensively and a really good job on the mound. I am not sure how you player much better than (Jeremy Schaffer) did this weekend. He had some clutch hits and threw out five base runners and really controlled their running game. I was pleased with the way that Alex (Massey) threw today and Garner was very good out of the pen."

The Hoosiers (2-4) opened the scoring in the third inning on a Chad Clark solo home run. Clark took the first pitch he saw from Tulane (7-1) starting pitcher Alex Massey and sent it over the fence in left field to stake Indiana to an early 1-0 lead.

 

 

Tulane struck for a run in the bottom half of the third inning when they loaded the bases with one out in the inning. Brandon Boudreaux singled, while Garrett Cannizaro and Jeremy Schaffer each walked with one out. Nick Schneeberger grounded into a fielders choice to push the first TU run across the plate and knot the game at 1-1.

Massey tossed the next two innings scoreless and retired the first two batters in the sixth inning, but the Hoosiers strung together three base hits, the final an RBI single from Trase Knoblauch, which gave IU a 2-1 lead. The rookie was replaced by Andrew Garner with two outs in the top of the sixth inning after being hit in the foot with a line drive and Garner recorded the final out to hold the margin. The Green Wave loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame, but IU starting pitcher Kyle Hart coaxed a ground ball out from pinch hitter Cody Robinson to end the threat.

Massey threw a career-high five and two-thirds innings of work, allowing two earned runs on six hits. He walked two batters and tied a career high as he struck out six in the no decision.

Tulane took their first lead of the afternoon in the seventh inning when Brennan Middleton singled, moved to second on a fielders choice and came around to score on a two-out base hit from Jeremy Schaffer. Schaffer advanced all the way to third on the hit - benefiting from an error by the Hoosiers center fielders - and scored on a base hit by Garner to push Tulane in front, 3-2.

Three more runs in the eighth inning pushed the Green Wave's lead to 6-2. Sean Potkay doubled and Bowen Woodson reached on a bunt single before Middleton plated the first run of the inning with a base hit to center field. After a two-out intentional walk to Schaffer loaded the bases, Schneeberger's third hit of the game plated a pair of runs and stretched TU's lead to 6-2.

Garner would allow only three hits in three and one-third innings of work and didn't allow the Hoosiers to scratch out another run across to earn his second victory of the season. The sophomore fanned two and didn't walk a batter to improve to 2-0 in 2012.

Schneeberger drove in three RBIs and posted his sixth multi-hit contest of the season in the finale. Boudreaux and Middleton each extended their hitting streaks to five games, while Crohan and Garner have each hit safely in four straight after collecting base hits on Sunday.

The next contest for Tulane will be a midweek test against Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday, Feb. 28 start at 6:30 under the lights inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave will then welcome Alabama to town for a three game series starting on Friday, March 2.

GAME NOTES
- With the sweep, Tulane is now 3-3 all-time against Indiana.
- Eight of the nine starters and nine of 11 players to record at-bats collected hits on Sunday versus the Hoosiers.
- Blake Crohan and Andrew Garner each extended their hitting streak to four games on Sunday.
- Brandon Boudreaux and Brenna Middleton both extended their hitting streaks to five games in the series finale.
- Garner drove in the game winning run at the plate for the second straight day.
- Garner picked up the win with three and one-thirds innings of scoreless relief and has not allowed a run in five innings of relief work this season.
- Nick Schneeberger picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season with two hits on Sunday versus Indiana.
- Jeremy Schaffer threw out all five potential base runners this weekend against IU.
- Freshman Alex Massey has struck out six batters in each of his first two career starts.

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