March 18, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - On a warm evening inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, the Tulane baseball team amassed a season-high 16 hits in their 9-2 victory over crosstown rival New Orleans to open the series on Friday night. Garrett Cannizaro and Jeremy Schaffer each paced the team with four hits, while senior Conrad Flynn fanned six batters to pick up his second straight win on the mound.
Tulane (14-4) opened the scoring in the first inning for the third straight game with a run against UNO starting pitcher Tyler Sanders. With two outs in the inning, Jeremy Schaffer singled and came around to score on a Garrett Cannizaro double to right center field.
A Nick Schneeberger sacrifice fly plated the second Green Wave run in the third inning and the home team plated four more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. In the fourth, Blake Crohan plated the first run with an RBI double and Jeremy Schaffer followed that with a double of his own to push Crohan across. A triple from Cannizaro and a single by Schneeberger capped the scoring for Tulane in the fourth.
"Garrett swung the bat well (as the cleanup hitter) tonight," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We wanted to get Jeremy (Schaffer) up in the first inning if we could, so we put (Jeremy) in the three hole. Early in the season, Garrett was really inside-outing the ball. He is starting to get the barrel on the ball a little bit more, and you're starting to see the results of that. I think that is one of the keys for him being able to hit in that spot is to be able to drive the ball."
After hitting Garcia, Drew Zizinia came on to replace Flynn and struck out the next three batters to leave the bases loaded and keep the Green Wave ahead, 6-2. Flynn tossed six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six to improve to 2-2 on the season.
"He struck out the side," said Jones. "That is pretty good. He's a guy with really good stuff who is just experienced, mature, and wants to be in that situation."
In the bottom of the seventh, Tulane gabbed those two runs back on RBI hits from Bowen Woodson and Quinn Pippin. Schneeberger capped the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth against UNO reliever Coby Landry.
Zizinia struck out five of the seven batters he faced, allowing one hit and getting the Olive and Blue out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh. Greg Miller threw a scoreless ninth inning and struck out one batter to preserve the 14th victory of the season for the home-standing Green Wave
Offensively, Schaffer and Cannizaro each posted four hits - including two doubles a piece - and Pippin churned out three hits in the ballgame. Seven of the nine starters collected hits, with each of those seven scoring a run, too. Schaffer scored three times, while Cannizaro and Schneeberger each drove in three RBI's.
"They say pitching and defense wins games, but the bats are what get you the runs," said Cannizaro. "If we keep swinging the bats like we're doing right now and we carry this into next weekend, I think we'll be good, but we still have two games left this weekend, and we are looking to beat these guys two more times."
In their last three games, the Green Wave offense has accumulated 39 hits and scored 28 runs, their best three game stretch of the season. They have posted 10-plus hits in each game and the pitching staff has limited their opponents to just over one run a game.
Tulane will continue their series with the Privateers on Saturday, March 19 with a 2:00 first pitch on the Turf at Turchin.