Byo Leads Baseball Past UMBC in Series Opener

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Junior Nick Schneeberger Posted His 12th Multi-Hit Game of the Season on Friday Versus UMBC
Junior Nick Schneeberger Posted His 12th Multi-Hit Game of the Season on Friday Versus UMBC

March 23, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - It was an all-around good performance by the Tulane baseball team in their 8-1 victory over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday (March 23) evening inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave piled up 13 hits and starting pitcher Alex Byo held UMBC off the scoreboard for seven innings to help TU extend their winning streak to four games.

"I thought we played really well defensively," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "I thought that we had a lot of chances there defensively where they could have really done some damage, but we made some really good defensive plays. Alex (Byo) on the mound, Jeremy (Schaffer) at first...and Garrett (Cannizaro) made a great play on a ball where he didn't panic. I thought we did a good job of taking the extra base when we were supposed to. We had thirteen hits, but we still are not cashing in, and you've got to give credit to the pitchers, but we're not cashing in in situations where I think we could really do some damage often enough."

Tulane (15-6) grabbed a pair of runs on four hits in the first inning against Retrievers starting pitcher Shane Vlasic. Brandon Boudreaux singled to start the inning and Nick Schneeberger walked three batters later to put runners on the corners. Frank Florio followed with a single to right field to plate the first run of the game and Blake Crohan reached on a sun-aided infield single which allowed Schneeberger to score from second.



The Olive and Blue added single runs in the second and third innings, before plating three more runs in the fourth. The run in the second inning came on a broken double steal, with Troy McCartney crossing the plate before Boudreaux was tagged out at second base. A Florio sacrifice fly accounted for the run in the third inning, while Garrett Cannizaro, Jeremy Schaffer and Schneeberger all collected RBIs in the fourth.

Brennan Middleton started the sixth inning with a bunt single and moved to third on a base hit by Boudreaux. Cannizaro then grounded into a double play that scored Middleton to make it an 8-0 lead.

Byo became the first Tulane starting pitcher to hold an opponent scoreless as he fanned six batters in seven run-free frames. The junior allowed just four hits - walking three - and threw 101 pitches to improve to 2-2 overall on the season. Tyler Mapes came on in relief and allowed one run on two hits in one and two-thirds innings of work and Greg Miller closed out the game on the mound with one-third of an inning and one walk.

"(Alex) battled through" said Jones. "He was struggling with his command after having nine days off. I thought the last couple (innings) he was much better with his command. But to his credit, he settled in."

UMBC (5-11) got on the board in the eighth inning when Max Himmelstein and advanced to third on a base hit by Brian Klukowicz. Tom Gilchrist followed with a sacrifice fly to account for all of the Retrievers offense on the night.

Schneeberger led all players with three hits - including a career-high two doubles - and drove in his 19th RBI of the season. Boudreaux extended his hitting streak to eight games with a pair of hits, scoring twice and walking once. Crohan and Middleton each chipped in two hits, while Schaffer had a hit, two walks and a pair of runs scored. Florio collected a game-high two RBIs and reached base twice.

The Olive and Blue will continue their series with UMBC on Saturday, March 24 starting at 2:00 and conclude the series on Sunday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. 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 leads the all-time series, 4-0.
- Brandon Boudreaux extended his hitting streak to eight games with a leadoff single in the first inning.
- Nick Schneeberger posted his team-best 12 multi-hit game and 34th of his career of the season on Friday.
- Schneeberger set a career-high with two doubles in the contest.
- Four players posted multi-hit games on Friday versus UMBC, marking the tenth time in 2012 that four or more players posted multiple hits in the same game.
- Alex Byo is the first Tulane starting pitcher not to allow a run in a start this season, tossing seven scoreless frames with six strikeouts.
- Tulane struck out only once at the plate on Friday, walking five times.