March 18, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The offense continued its torrid pace on Sunday as the Tulane baseball team slugged their way to a 14-6 victory over Brown to sweep the three-game series inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Eight of nine starters collected hits and all nine players reached base as the Green Wave out-hit their opponent for the 12th time this season to claim their 14th win of the year.
"Obviously, today was an ugly game all the way around," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "I was pleased with the approach out hitters had to the right side (of the field). Brown is one of the better hitting clubs that I have seen this year. They really swung the bats well. It was good to see us come back from a five run deficit after Alex (Massey) wasn't 100-percent out there."
The Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead as Alex Massey couldn't record an out in the first inning before being replaced by Andrew Garner with the bases loaded after just three batters faced. Garner surrendered a RBI single to Cody Slaughter before a strikeout of Will Marcal. Wes Van Boom followed with a grand slam to left field and it was an early five run advantage for Brown (0-7).
Tulane (14-6) scored an unearned run in the first inning on an RBI fielders choice and added three more in the second inning to cut the deficit to just one run. Brennan Middleton delivered a two-RBI single to left field and Garrett Cannizaro added his second RBI in as many innings with a base knock in the second inning.
With the lead at 10-5, Garner settled in and allowed just one run from that point on. The sophomore gave up a run in the fourth inning, but ended the game with four and two-thirds innings of work. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out one. He didn't walk a batter and improve to 4-0 on the season.
Boudreaux drove in his second RBI of the game in the sixth inning and Jeremy Schaffer hit his fifth home run of the season to make it 12-6 after seven innings. It is the 37th career home run for Schaffer, which moves him into a tie for ninth on Tulane's career charts.
Cannizaro drove in his fourth RBI of the game with a double in the eighth inning and Schaffer followed with a single, plating Cannizaro, for his third run batted in to extend the lead to 14-6.
Tucker Oakley tossed one and one-thirds innings scoreless, allowing two base runners and striking out one, while Alex Facundus threw a pair of scoreless frames with three strikeouts. D.J. Ponder threw a clean ninth inning and struck out one batter to close out the game.
At the plate, Tulane had seven players post multi-hit games and five players post multi-RBI games in the series finale with the Bears. Middleton and Cannizaro each posted three hits, with Boudreaux, Crohan, McCartney, Potkay and Schaffer each chipping in a pair of hits. Cannizaro tied for the game-high with four RBIs and Schaffer joined Middleton with three runs batted in.
As a team, Tulane out-hit their opponent for the 12th time this season and added eight walks and three hit-by-pitch.
Tulane will hit the road for a midweek game at Louisiana Lafayette on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. before hosting UMBC in a three-game series from March 23-25. 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.
- Tulane swept their fourth weekend series of the season, winning all three games versus Brown.
- Tulane scored ten or more runs in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010, when Tulane defeated Ole Miss, 12-4, on March 7 before losing at New Orleans, 15-16, on March 9.
- Brandon Boudreaux extended his hitting streak to 7 games, going two-for-five on Sunday.
- Jeremy Schaffer hit his fifth home run of the season and 37th of his career, moving him into a tie for 9th on the career charts at Tulane.
- Schaffer posted his team-best sixth multi-RBI game of the year on Sunday, marking his third straight game with multiple RBIs.
- Andrew Garner picked up his fourth win of the season and is now 6-1 in his career.
- Brennan Middleton posted his ninth multi-hit game of the year.
- Garrett Cannizaro posted his third game with two-or-more RBIs on Sunday.