March 26, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An offensive onslaught ended with the #20 Tulane baseball team grabbing a 16-15 decision over Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park to even their Conference USA series with the Golden Eagles at one game apiece. The two teams accounted for runs in nine of the ten innings and each team led in a game that featured 38 hits and 17 walks.
"I have been doing this a long time and I can't remember one being as wooly and wild as that one," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones." Our kids fought through a lot of adversity today in front of a partisan crowd in an unbelievable atmosphere of for college baseball."
Tulane (18-5, 1-1 C-USA) took an early lead against USM starting pitcher Jonathan Thompson, as Nick Schneeberger opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning and, after a run scored on a throwing error from the third baseman, Nick Boullosa singled up the middle to make it a 3-0 lead for the visitors. Three consecutive extra-base hits from TU accounted for all of the scoring in the fourth, as Schneeberger tripled in a run, Quinn Pippen doubled to collect an RBI and Bowen Woodson capped it off with a two-run home run to center field.
With the Tulane lead at 7-0, Southern Miss (17-5) began their comeback against Tulane starting pitcher Kyle McKenzie. The sophomore held the USM offense scoreless through two innings, but in the third ran into some trouble - eventually leaving the game with strained muscle - as he allowed four runs on four hits. He walked a pair of hitters and struck out four before handing the ball off to Gunner Wright.
With the Green Wave lead at 14-8, the Golden Eagles clawed their way back into the game and eventually took a one run lead on a Tyler Koelling three run home run against Tulane reliever Nick Pepitone in the eighth, but a leadoff home run by Jeremy Schaffer in the ninth tied things up against Southern Miss closer Collin Cargill sent the game to extra innings.
Brennan Middleton, who entered as a pinch runner in the sixth inning walked to start the tenth inning and moved to third on a Matt Ryan single to right field with no one out. Schaffer then stepped in and hit a groundball to the shortstop, who threw home, but Middleton beat the throw to the plate and gave the Green Wave a 16-15 lead.
Alex Facundus threw a scoreless ninth inning to send Tulane to their second extra inning game of the season and then worked around a leadoff single in the tenth to nail down his fifth win of the season. The freshman surrendered two hits, but was one of only two pitchers in the game not to allow a run.
Eight of the nine Tulane starters collected hits, while all nine reached base at least once, while as a team they collected a season-high 17 hits. Pippin led the way with three hits, while five other players posted two hits and two RBI's in the game. Woodson scored a game-high four runs, five TU players posted extra base hits and eight players drove in RBI's.
The series is now tied at one game apiece and will conclude with the third game on Sunday, March 27 starting at 1:00 p.m. in Hattiesburg.