March 24, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS - The Green Wave had their chances against UMBC on Saturday (March 24) afternoon inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, but the Tulane baseball team was unable capitalize on those chances in their 3-2 loss to UMBC. David Napoli tied his career-high with eight strikeouts and Andrew Garner posted his first career multi-RBI game, but UMBC plated an unearned run in the ninth inning to even the series at one game apiece.
The first run of the game was scored by Tulane (15-7) in the second inning versus Retrievers starting pitcher Mac Gill. Nick Schneeberger ripped his third double of the weekend down the left field line to start the inning, before moving to third on a ground out and coming across the plate on a base hit from Garner. The sophomore just got ahold on a pitch from Gill that started in foul ground, but spun back into fair territory and Schneeberger scampered home to lift the Green Wave to an early 1-0 edge.
Napoli held UMBC (6-11) scoreless through three innings, but Max Himmelstein quickly tied the game when he led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field. A pair of Napoli strikeouts bookended a walk, but the Retrievers got back-to-back base hits, the final coming from Jake Barnes to plate the second run of the frame and give UMBC their first lead of the weekend at 2-1.
The Green Wave had their chance to take the lead in the eighth inning when Garrett Cannizaro was hit by a pitch and Jeremy Schaffer doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third with one out. A wild pitch popped away from the UMBC catcher and Cannizaro broke for home. The catcher recovered in time to throw Cannizaro out at home plate to preserve the 2-2 tie.
In the ninth inning, Napoli surrendered a leadoff single to Brian Klukowicz before getting Jason Allinder to pop up a bunt that Tucker Oakley was able to make a diving catch on. Oakley then threw wildly to first base, attempting to get the double play, and allowed pinch runner Mike Lafferty to move to second base. Napoli was relieved by D.J. Ponder after throwing eight and one-thirds innings and Ponder got a ground out before allowing a single to Ian Glassman that scored Lafferty from second base to give UMBC a 3-2 lead.
Napoli (3-1) allowed three runs - two earned - in eight and one-thirds innings of work in the loss. The junior allowed seven hits, walked one and tied his career-high with eight strikeouts.
At the plate, Tulane was outhit for just the third time this season and each team collected only one walk. Schneeberger posted his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the year with a single and a double, while Schaffer and Cannizaro each extended their hitting streaks to five games.
Tulane and UMBC will 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.
GAME NOTES - Tulane leads the all-time series 4-0 - Nick Schneeberger posted his 13th multi-hit game of the season on Saturday. - David Napoli tied his career high with eight strikeouts on Saturday, the third time in his career he has fanned eight batters in a game. - Andrew Garner posted his first career multi-RBI contest with two runs batted in on Saturday. - This is just the third time in 2012 that Tulane has been outhit as a team. - Jeremy Schaffer and Garrett Cannizaro both extended their hitting streaks to five games.