March 6, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - Alex Byo threw five shutouts innings and Garrett Cannizaro delivered three RBI's to help the Tulane baseball team to a 3-1 victory on Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium. The win gave the Green Wave the series victory and helped them improve to 9-3 overall on the season, handing the Rebels their first two home losses of the season.
"We pitched really well (this weekend)," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "Alex Byo coming back after Tuesday's outing to throw five shutout innings was special. Drew Zizinia threw two solid innings again today after giving us three innings on Friday. Alex Facundus was really good in the eight and (Pepitone) got the double play ball to close it out. Anytime you win two out of three on the road against a ranked opponent it certainly is good for you."
Byo, who threw seven shutouts innings on Tuesday, came back and dazzled on Sunday afternoon as he allowed just four base runners in the contest and held the Rebels offense off the scoreboard for five innings. The sophomore allowed a single in each of the first two innings, retired the side in order during the third and four innings, before allowing a pair of singles in the fifth, but got a strikeout and a pop out to end the threat.
Cannizaro got the scoring started in the second inning when he drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. Jeremy Schaffer doubled to lead off the inning and, after a walk to Nick Schneeberger, moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Briggs Barrios. Cannizaro then hit a flyball to center field to plate the opening run of the game and push Tulane ahead 1-0.
Byo (1-0) fanned five, didn't walk a batter and allowed only three hits, exiting after five innings of work. Senior Drew Zizinia came on to throw a perfect sixth, but was touched up for a home run in the seventh to cut the Green Wave edge to 3-1.
Alex Facundus made his second straight appearance on the mound and retired the only three batters he faced, striking out Tanner Mathis to end the innings, and Nick Pepitone came on in the ninth in and got a pop-out and a double play ball to sew up his sixth save of the season.
On the day, Schaffer was three-for-four with three doubles and two runs scored and Cannizaro singled, walked once and owned all three RBI's. Barrios didn't record an official at-bat, but walked three times and had a sacrifice hit. Quinn Pippin walked once and singled in the contest to account for the fifth Tulane hit.
The pitching staff allowed just six hits in the ballgame, five singles and a home run, and didn't walk a batter. They struck out six and allowed just one runner to advance further than second base.
Tulane will look to continue their winning streak on Tuesday when they travel to Monroe, La. to face off with Louisiana-Monroe. The Green Wave will close out their four-game road trip against the Warhawks, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.