Byo, Bats Lead Baseball Past SLU, 12-1

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Junior Garrett Cannizaro Hit his First Home Run of 2012 on Tuesday Versus Southeastern Louisiana
Junior Garrett Cannizaro Hit his First Home Run of 2012 on Tuesday Versus Southeastern Louisiana

Feb. 28, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - Alex Byo allowed the first batter of the game to reach base on Tuesday (Feb. 28) evening versus Southeastern Louisiana, but that was all the offense that the Lions would get and Tulane would score 12 runs against six different Lions pitchers in their 12-1 victory inside the gates of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The victory pushed the Tulane baseball team's winning streak to four games and keeps the Olive and Blue a perfect 8-0 at home this season.

"We swung the bats really well tonight," said head coach Rick Jones, "and they just kept changing their look with all the different pitchers they ran out there. That could've been an issue, but I thought that this was our most complete game. We pitched well, played errorless baseball and had a couple really nice plays. Bowen Woodson's play was really big at the time. We got fourteen hits, but I thought we even hit some more balls on the button. Southeastern Louisiana has got an outstanding club and they're really well coached so we had to play really well tonight and we did."

Southeastern Louisiana (7-1) grabbed an early lead against Tulane (8-1) starting pitcher Alex Byo in the first. After Byo walked Brock Hebert to start the game, Hebert stole second base and came around to score on a pair of groundouts. In the third inning, Garrett Cannizaro singled and moved to third on a Jeremy Schaffer double before Andrew Garner reached on a fielding error with two outs in the inning, scoring Cannizaro from third, to knot the score at 1-1.



The Green Wave took the lead in the fourth on another two-out hit. After the first two batters flew out for TU, Brennan Middleton and Brandon Boudreaux singled - extending their respective hitting streaks to six games apiece - and Cannizaro followed with his first home run of the season to left field. It was the fifth home run of his career and gave the Olive and Blue a 4-1 edge.

Four more runs in the fifth inning extended the Green Wave lead to 8-1. Sean Potkay plated an RBI with a groundout, Bowen Woodson and Middleton each doubled to collect RBIs and Cannizaro added his fourth RBI of the afternoon with a single up the middle.

Byo (1-1) would scatter five hits and a pair of walks over his seven innings of work, but the junior right-hander baffled the Lions batters, striking out two and getting a pair of double play balls to help his cause. Byo becomes the first Tulane starting pitcher in 2012 to throw more than six innings in a start and threw 93 pitches in his longest outing since May, 1 2005 versus UAB.

"After walking the leadoff hitter, which was the only run to score, he settled down and the key for him was that he got the ball down the zone," said Jones. "He got his change-up going, and occasionally a good breaking ball, but he stayed ahead in the count and got some quick outs."

The Green Wave offense would strike for four more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 12-1. The first four hitters of the inning reached base, as Potkay walked, Woodson and Middleton singled and Boudreaux cleared the bases with his second triple of the season. Cannizaro then grounded out to third base to push Boudreaux across and collect his fifth RBI of the game.

The five RBIs are a career high for Cannizaro and he posted his fifth multi-hit game of the season, going three-for-five with two runs scored. Middleton churned out three hits and scored three times, while Boudreaux had two hits, scored twice and plated three RBIs. Schaffer had a pair of doubles in the contest and Woods had two hits and scored twice for the Green Wave.

Tulane will take their four-game winning streak into a three-game set against Alabama starting on Friday, March 2 at 6:30. The Green Wave and the Crimson Tide will also play game on Saturday, March 3 (2:00) and Sunday, March 4 (1:00) on the Turf at Turchin.

- Tulane posted ten-plus hits for the third straight game on Tuesday night, with five players posting multi-hit games.
- Blake Crohan extended his hitting streak to five games and Sean Potkay extended his hitting streak to four games with a singles in their first at-bat on Tuesday.
- Brandon Boudreaux and Brennan Middleton each singled in the fourth inning to extend their hitting streaks to six games.
- Garrett Cannizaro hit his first home run of the season - fifth of his career - in the fourth inning.
- Cannizaro drove in a career-high five RBIs versus the Lions, his previous high came at Marshall on May 15, 2011.
- Alex Byo is the first starting pitcher to throw more than six innings this season. He completed seven innings and allowed one run to pick up his first win of 2012.