March 10, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's baseball squad battled back from an early deficit against the High Point Panthers, tying the game and sending it into extra innings before freshman Tim Yandel brought home Sean Potkay in the bottom of the 12th for the 11-10 win on Sunday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
The two teams combined for 36 hits, and they both went deep into their bullpens, with Tulane (9-8) using six pitchers and High Point (7-9) using five.
Freshman Richard Carthon went 5-for-6 at the plate with three RBIs, and Yandel was not far behind with a 3-for-7 day, adding three RBIs of his own. Fellow freshman Ian Gibaut pitched five innings of relief, striking out three and walking only one for his first collegiate win.
"You see these kinds of scores a lot more on Sundays," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "The injuries in our pitching staff really showed today because we were so thin. Thank goodness Ian Gibaut really pitched well for us. He was great."
Tulane started junior college transfer Brady Wilson on the mound today, opposing High Point's Jared Avidon. Wilson struggled against High Point batting, allowing seven hits and five earned runs. The Panthers struck early, and often, as they notched three runs in the top of the second before adding another run in the third. Wilson walked High Point's Dominic Fazio before allowing a double to Ryan Retz that moved Fazio to third. Devin Bujnovsky brought Retz home on a double, but Fazio only advanced to third. They were both brought home on a two-RBI single to left field by Sly Edwards, before Edwards was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit to extra bases. In the third, Sean Wilson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single from Fazio, giving High Point an early lead of 4-0.
Tulane began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the third when senior Brennan Middleton lead off by getting hit by a pitch from Avidon - one of three batters to be hit by Avidon on the day. Middleon then stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout by senior Blake Crohan. Middleton crossed home plate on a double by junior Andrew Garner, putting Tulane's first run on the board. The Greenies added another in the fourth when junior Bowen Woodson reached base on a two-out single, eventually scoring on a single by Middleton.
However, High Point wasn't done adding runs. In the fifth, Kyle Brandenburg led the inning off with a single through the left side, followed by another single by Willie Medina. Wilson was replaced by freshman pitcher Daniel Rankin, who earned his first career victory earlier in the week against Northwestern State. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson, and pinch hitter Scott Glover tacked on two more High Point runs when he singled to center field.
With the score at 6-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, things looked bleak for the Greenies. But they tied things up in that inning by scoring four times on four hits. Garner led the frame off with a walk, and advanced to second on a single by senior Sean Potkay. They both moved up a bag on a sacrifice by junior Briggs Barrios. Yandel launched a two-run double into center field, and he advanced to third on a miscue by Edwards in the field. Carthon then brought Yandel home on a double down the left field line, and he eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Crohan.
High Point didn't go down lightly, however, as they added four runs of their own in the very next inning. With two outs and one runner on, Medina singled up the middle to score Adam Barry for the go-ahead run. Wilson walked, and Rankin was replaced by freshman Emerson Gibbs on the mound after going 1.2 innings, allowing three earned runs. Gibbs allowed an RBI single to Josh Spano that moved Wilson to second base. Pinch hitter Cody Manzella singled through the left side to score Wilson, advancing Spano to second. Retz then notched a single to left field that scored Spano, allowing High Point to take the 10-6 lead.
Tulane matched High Point's effort with four runs of their own in the sixth, tying the ball game. Potkay led the inning off with a walk, and Yandel doubled before they both came home on a single by Carthon. The speedy freshman from Shreveport, La., was caught stealing for the second out of the inning, but not before Woodson singled and advanced to second on an error by High Point's left fielder. Middleton walked and Crohan singled to shortstop, scoring Woodson. High Point replaced relief pitcher Zach Haile with Cody Ferguson at this point, and with the bases loaded, Ferguson walked Boudreaux to load the bases before walking Garner for the game-tying RBI.
Both bullpens kept runs off the boards from the seventh through the eleventh innings. Gibaut came on in the eighth, and pitched lights out through the top of the 12th. He didn't need to pitch any longer, as reliever John Maloney - who pitched 5.2 innings - allowed a double to Potkay to lead off the 12th. Pinch hitter Nick DiMaggio advanced Potkay to third on a sacrifice bunt, and Yandel brought Potkay home for the game-winning run. Maloney was credited with the loss, his first decision of the season.
"Timmy Yandel, I was frustrated with him because I thought the first pitch he saw in that at-bat was a hanging breaker he could put in the outfield," added Jones. "Fortunately he got another one, and he put a good swing on it. He had a good day for us also. I think Timmy's done a good job."
Middleton, Crohan and Potkay all collected two hits on the afternoon. Woodson notched three hits of his own.
The Green Wave will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Hammond to face Southeastern Louisiana. Both teams will come to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for a tilt on Wednesday night. Tuesday's contest will begin at 6pm CST, while Wednesday's tilt will be held at 6:30pm CST. Both games will be broadcast on 106.1 The Ticket.
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