Redshirt-Sophomore Kyle McKenzie Threw Seven Innings to Collect His First Win of the Season
March 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - It was looking like a pitchers dual entering the fifth inning, but the Tulane baseball team exploded for 13 runs over the final five innings to claim the series finale against UMBC, 13-2. The Olive and Blue out-hit the Retrievers 15-8 and claimed their fifth series win in six tries this season.
The Retrievers used a pair of hits and stole a run in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead versus Tulane starting pitcher Kyle McKenzie. Ian Glassman singled to start the inning and move to third on a Tom Gilchrist base hit down the left field line. Mike Lafferty then struck out swinging and Gilchrist was thrown out trying to steal second base, but Glassman scampered home to score the first run of the game for UMBC (6-12).
Steve Miller retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced -retiring the side in order during the second, third and fourth innings - for UMBC and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The Green Wave changed that back-to-back singles from Andrew Garner and Blake Crohan. A passed ball moved both runners up a base and Bowen Woodson tied the contest with a sacrifice fly to right center field.
Tulane (16-7) broke the deadlock with four runs in the sixth inning against Miller to end his outing. A leadoff walk to Garrett Cannizaro was followed by a single from Jeremy Schaffer and Nick Schneeberger drove in both base runners with a triple into the corner down the right field line. Frank Florio then singled to drive in Schneeberger from third, ending the outing for Miller. Garner then recorded a bunt single and stole second base, before Crohan added an RBI with a sacrifice fly to push the Olive and Blue out to a 5-1 lead.
The Olive and Blue added six more runs in the seventh inning, capped by a Bowen Woodson two-run home run to left field, to push their lead to 11-1. In the inning, Schneeberger, Florio, Garner and Crohan all plated RBIs before Woodson smacked the two-run shot over the fence in left field for his first home run of the season.
McKenzie allowed just the one run on seven hits in seven complete innings of work on the mound before being replaced by Tucker Oakley to start the eighth inning. The redshirt-sophomore walked one batter and fanned seven batters to collect his first victory of the season. Oakley allowed one run in one-third of an inning, while Alex Facundus struck out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Two more runs in the eighth inning accounted for the final margin of 13-2 with Garner and Crohan each plating RBIs in the frame.
On the day, Schneeberger posted his 14th multi-hit game of the season, going two-for-four with a walk and three RBIs, along with three hits from Crohan and Garner. Woodson homered and drove in three RBIs, while Crohan added three RBIs, as well. Nine different players collected hits, while all nine starters reached base in the contest.
The Olive and Blue will start their season-long road trip to Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday, March 27 with first pitch scheduled for 6:00. Tulane will then travel to Memphis to open their Conference USA schedule in a three game series starting on Friday, March 30 at 6:30.
- Tulane leads the all-time series 5-1.
- Tulane won their fifth season series of the year with their series win over UMBC.
- Nick Schneeberger posted his 14th multi-hit game and fifth multi-RBI game of the season .
- Jeremy Schaffer and Garrett Cannizaro each extended their hitting streaks to six games.
- All nine Tulane starters reached base in the contest on Sunday, marking the second on the weekend.
- Kyle McKenzie picked up his first win of the season and tied his career-high with seven innings pitched.