Sophomore Jeremy Schaffer Smacked his Sixth Home Run of the Season in the Series Finale at ECU
April 3, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - It looked like it was going to be a slugfest early in the game, but Robby Broach and Nick Pepitone pitched the Tulane baseball team to 7-5 game two win and a series victory at East Carolina's Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Broach fanned a career-high ten batters and the Olive and Blue posted their fifth straight series victory of the season.
In the opening frame, Tulane struck with a pair of runs against East Carolina starting pitcher Mike Wright, benefiting from an ECU error to start the frame. Brandon Boudreaux reached via error by the Pirates third baseman and Matt Ryan singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Rob Segedin and Garrett Cannizaro each singled in the inning to drive in RBI's and TU led 2-0.
It didn't last long for the Olive and Blue as Tulane starter Robby Broach gave up hits to the first two batters he faced, with the second one leaving the park. Trent Whitehead led off the inning with a double and came around to score on the Corey Thompson home run to right field.
Tulane posted two more runs in the second inning as Adam Zabel walked to lead off the frame and Blake Crohan sent a ball sailing over the fence for his third home run of the season to push the Olive and Blue ahead 4-2. ECU got a run back in the bottom half of the inning and the game entered the third with the Green Wave ahead 4-3.
Brennan Middleton started the sixth inning with a single to left field and moved to second on a Zabel sacrifice bunt. Boudreaux drove his fellow classmate in with a single later in the inning to give Tulane a 5-3 advantage.
Segedin walked to lead off the seventh and Shaffer took the full count pitch from newly inserted ECU reliever Seth Simmons and deposited it 425 feet to straight away center field for his sixth longball of the season.
Broach settled in nicely and tossed the next five innings scoreless and struck out a career-high ten batters. The redshirt sophomore improved to 5-0 on the season and surrendered only seven hits before handing the ball to reliever Nick Pepitone to start the eighth, leading 7-3.
The Pirates rallied in the eighth against the Tulane closer as they tallied two runs - one unearned - as the Green Wave committed two errors in the frame. Pepitone came back and allowed just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to seal the 7-5 victory.
Segedin collected two hits in the night cap for the only multi-hit contest for the Green Wave, while Crohan and Schaffer each drove in two RBI's. Seven of the nine Tulane starters collected hits and all nine reached base in the contest.
Tulane is now 19-10 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA play heading into a four-game home stand at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave will play host to Nicholls State on Tuesday, April 6 with first pitch scheduled for 6:00. Tickets are available online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.