Junior Tucker Oakley His His First Career Home Run on Saturday Versus Brown
March 17, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS - It was a scorekeeper's nightmare on Saturday on the turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as the Tulane baseball team batted around twice in the contest on their way to a 20-2 victory over Brown to claim their fourth series victory of the season. The Green Wave out-hit the Bears 19-8 and benefitted from 13 walks and three hit batters in their largest scoring output since the 2009 season.
"David (Napoli) set the tone and pitched really well," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We were sound defensively and scored ten (runs) in the first inning. We took advantage when their starting pitcher had a tough time throwing strikes, but we put some good swings on the ball."
Brown (0-6) scored the first run of the game on Saturday against Tulane (13-6) starting pitcher David Napoli, but it was the Green Wave offense that would be the story on the afternoon. After John Sheridan singled, stole second base and crossed the plate on a Cody Slaughter single to push the Bears in front, 1-0.
The bottom of the first inning was as good as it gets in college baseball when the Olive and Blue sent 15 batters to the plate and scored ten times to take a firm grasp on the momentum. The first five batters in the Green Wave lineup reached base and Nick Schneeberger drove in the first run with an RBI single. Sean Potkay and Frank Florio followed with RBIs, before Tucker Oakley drove in two more runs with a double. Garrett Cannizaro also drove in an RBI, while Jeremy Schaffer tallied three runs batted in when he hit his fifth home run of the year to left field.
It was the 36th career home run for the senior and pushes him into a tie for tenth on the all-time Tulane home run list.
Two more runs came across for Tulane in the fourth inning on back-to-back RBI doubles from Brandon Boudreaux and Cannizaro and Napoli would cruise through six innings on the mound. Napoli retired 11 of the next 13 batters he faced from the second inning on, before surrendering a home run to Sheridan with two outs in the fifth inning. Napoli then retired the final four batters he faced and left the game leading 15-2.
Three more Green Wave players crossed the plate in the sixth inning when Boudreaux started the inning with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk. Potkay doubled to drive in a run later in the inning and a Blake Crohan groundout scratched the 15th run of the game across.
Tyler Mapes tossed the seventh and eighth innings scoreless, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Crohan doubled to drive in the first run of the eighth inning and Oakley followed with his first career home run as a member of the Green Wave to make it 18-2. After a walk to Tyler Chamberlain-Simon and a Brennan Middleton double, Briggs Barrios doubled in a run and Quinn Pippin capped the scoring with an RBI single.
Oakley went from the plate to the mound in the ninth inning and threw four pitches to collect three outs and seal the victory for Tulane.
In the game, 11 different players collected hits and 13 total Green Wave batters reached base. There were ten players driving in RBIs for the Olive and Blue and 11 players scored for TU. As a team, Tulane walked 13 times and was hit by three pitches.
Potkay was three-for-three with a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch, scoring a run and driving in two runs. Boudreaux, McCartney, Middleton, Oakley, Schaffer and Schneeberger each posted two hits. Oakley drove in four RBIs, Schaffer plated three runs and scored three times, while Schneeberger walked twice in the game.
It is the first time since April 11, 2009 that Tulane has scored 20 runs in a game.
The series will conclude on Sunday, March 18 with the Green Wave and Bears meeting at 11:00 a.m. on the Turf at Turchin. Also, don't forget about Tulane's St. Baldricks event that will take place on Sunday, March 25 after the Green Wave's contest with UMBC. Click here to read more about the event that supports finding a cure for childhood cancer.
- Tucker Oakley hit his first career home run in the eighth inning.
- Jeremy Schaffer hit his fourth home run of the season and 36th of his career to move into a tie for tenth on the career home run charts at Tulane.
- Tulane had a season-high seven players post multi-hit games, marking the eighth time this season that four of more players reached double-digits in hits.
- David Napoli picked up his second straight win on the mound and didn't walk a batter in the outing.
- Five different Tulane players plated multiple RBIs on Saturday.
- With the victory, Tulane won its fourth series in five tries this season and will look to sweep a series for the fourth time in 2012.