April 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Alex Byo allowed three runs over the first two innings against Alcorn State on Wednesday (April 4), but the junior didn't allow much after that and gave the Tulane baseball team eight strong innings in their 10-3 victory inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The offense came alive in the second inning and posted their sixth double-digit scoring outing of the year to collect their 20th win of the 2012 campaign.
"Alex really settled in after a tough start and gave us a good solid effort," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "He was throwing fastballs down the middle of the plate there early and Alcorn State is a fast-ball hitting team and they set on it. When he got his change-up and his breaking ball going, he was able to get a lot of quick innings for us in those middle innings. What he did do is he got us through the eighth and saved our bullpen going into a huge series (with Rice)."
The Braves came out swinging the bats to open the game and held a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second inning. The first three runs of the game were all scored by Alcorn State (7-22) and all came with two outs in the inning. In the first inning, Eduardo Gonzalez doubled to deep center field to plate the first two runs of the game. Alvin Jackson added to the lead ASU in the second when he singled to score Antolin Morales from second.
Trailing 3-0, Tulane (20-8) began their comeback with a run in the second inning and two runs in the third. The Green Wave's first run came with two outs in the second inning. Sean Potkay walked and Briggs Barrios singled, before Troy McCartney doubled down the left field line to cut the deficit to 3-1. Brandon Boudreaux started the inning with a single and Garrett Cannizaro followed with a single to make it a one run game. Frank Florio plated the second run of the contest with when he grounded into a fielders choice, scoring Cannizaro to knot the game at three runs apiece.
The Green Wave added to their lead with five runs in the eighth inning against Alcorn State relievers Terrance Stubbs and Earl Burl. Tulane scored in a variety of was in the inning to post their sixth double-digit scoring game of the season. Cannizaro started the inning with an RBI single, stole second and came around to score on a base hit from Jeremy Schaffer. Schneeberger and Potkay both followed with walks to load the bases and Schaffer score on a wild pitch. The fourth run of the inning came on a passed ball and the final run crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
It was all Byo from the third inning on, as the junior retired the final 18 batters he faced he in the contest. After allowing three runs on four hits through two innings, Byo limited the Braves to just two hits over the next six innings, with one base runners getting thrown out trying to steal and the other erased on a double play, to complete a career-high eight innings of work. Byo improve to 3-3 on the season and struck out four batters in his seventh start of 2012. Tyler Mapes came on to thrown the ninth, sitting down all three batters he faced with one strikeout.
Offensively, Cannizaro posted his first four-hit game of the season - extending his hitting streak to 11 games - to go along with two runs scored and two RBIs. Barrios walked four times to tie the Tulane single game record and collected a hit to extend his hitting streak to a career-best five games. Potkay collected a pair of walks, two hits and scored twice, while Florio posted his sixth multi-RBI game of the season.
"(Tonight), we needed to have two things happen" said Jones, "we needed to have Alex settle in and start to get his change-up and breaking ball working and we needed to obviously get on the scoreboard. I felt like once we got their starting pitcher in the stretch position we had a little more success. The key for us was to try to get into their bullpen and we were able to do that eventually."
Tulane continues its six game homestand when they host Rice in a three game series starting on Thursday, April 5 and running through Saturday, April 7. Games will be played at 6:30, 6:30 and 1:00 on the Turf at Turchin.
- Tulane leads the all-time series 2-0.
- Tulane posted its sixth double-digit scoring games with ten runs on Wednesday.
- Tulane sent ten batters to the plate in the eighth inning, marking the tenth time this season that TU sent nine or more batters to the plate in one inning.
- Sean Potkay's walk in the second inning gives him a walk in 14 of his 22 games this season.
- Potkay posted his eight multi-walk contest of the year on Wednesday with two walks versus Alcorn State.
- Garrett Cannizaro extended his hitting and reached base streak to 11 games, going four-for-five on Wednesday evening.
- Frank Florio posted his sixth multi-RBI game of the year with three runs batted in on Wednesday.
- Alex Byo threw a career-high eight innings against Alcorn State, surpassing his seven and two-thirds innings versus LSU on March 67, 2012.
- Byo and Tyler Mapes allowed only two base runners over the final seven innings and faced the minimum (21 batters) to end the game.