Frank Florio Hit His First Home Run of the Season on Tuesday at Southeastern Louisiana
March 27, 2012
HAMMOND, La. - It hadn't happened in ten years and it wasn't easy, but the Tulane baseball team grabbed a 7-2 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday (March 27) evening at Alumni Field. It was the first win in Hammond, La. since the 2002 season, as the Green Wave pounded out 17 hits - including all four of the games extra base hits - to claim their second straight Senator's Cup series victory.
"Andrew (Reeves) set the tone for us tonight," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "That was impressive and is a big boost to our pitching staff. We swung the bats really well, but we left a lot of runners on base...When you lead a lot of guys on base, you have to be getting a lot of guys on base, so you can look at it both ways. This was a very good win over a team that has been playing very well and is very talented."
Nick Schneeberger started the scoring in the top of the second inning when he sent the first pitch he saw from Joseph Koon deep to left field for his third home run of the season. The Lions answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame against Tulane starting pitcher Andrew Reeves when they used two singles and a sacrifice bunt before Jacob Fisher hit a sacrifice fly to tie the ballgame.
Reeves tossed three innings and allowed one run on three hits in his first career start for the Olive and Blue. The junior had not pitched since February 19 due to injury and ended the outing with just 33 pitches and a pair of strikeouts in a no decision.
Tulane (17-7) sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning and scored six runs to take race out to a 7-1 lead. Blake Crohan started the inning with a base hit and Bowen Woodson followed with a pop out on a bunt attempt for the first out. That was the last out that SLU starting pitcher Joseph Koon would collect, as the Green Wave would belt out eight hits, capped by a Frank Florio two-run home run to right center field.
A run in the sixth inning by Southeastern Louisiana (18-7) cut the Tulane lead to 7-2, but Randy LeBlanc was able to work out of a jam to hold the lead. That was the final inning for LeBlanc who tossed three complete with one run allowed on two hits. The redshirt-freshman walked two and fanned two hitters to pick up his second win of the season in his first career relief appearance.
The Green Wave stranded seven base runners between the sixth and eighth innings, but the Lions couldn't cash in either as Andrew Garner, Alex Facundus and D.J. Ponder stranded five SLU runners on base over the final four innings.
"When you have a committed group of guys like we do you are going to see them come out with serious intent (each day)," said Jones. "When you play a midweek game on the road in front of a big crowd ...there are going to be some emotions. You still have to translate that into quality play against a really good team. I think we played really well tonight."
Tulane outhit Southeastern Louisiana 17-6 in the contest and accounted for the only four extra-base hits in the contest. Six different Green Wave batters posted multiple hit contests, with Crohan led the charge with the first four-hit effort of his career. The junior had three singles and a double, to go along with a run scored. Florio and Schneeberger each drove in two RBIs and Schneeberger posted his fourth straight multi-hit games in the process.
Tulane will travel to Memphis to open their Conference USA schedule with a three game series with the Tigers starting on Friday, March 30 at 6:30. You can hear all three contests live on the flagship radio station for the Green Wave, AM690 WIST, or by logging onto the Tulane All-Access Channel.
- Tulane leads the all-time series 70-30.
- Tulane claimed their first victory in Hammond, La. since March 13, 2002 - five games - on Tuesday evening.
- All nine Tulane starters reached base in the contest, with eight players posting hits in the game.
- It was the 12th time in 2012 that Tulane posted 10 or more hits in a game.
- Six players posted multiple hits in Tuesday's contest, marking the 12th time this season that the Green Wave has had four or more players with multiple hits.
- Nick Schneeberger hit his third home run of the season to lead off the second inning, extending his reached base streak to eight games.
- Frank Florio hit his second career home run at Tulane (8th collegiate home run) and extended his hitting streak to four games.
- Blake Crohan his first career four-hit contest on Tuesday with three singles and a double.
- Randy LeBlanc made his first career relief appearance and picked up his second win of the season versus Southeastern Louisiana.
- Tulane sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning, marking the seventh time in 2012 that 9-plus hitters hit during the same inning.