April 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball's pitching staff was spot on from the start versus Nicholls State on Tuesday (April 10) inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as four hurlers combined to strike out ten batters - with no walks - in a 5-2 victory over the Colonels. Alex Massey returned to the mound to get the victory, while Frank Florio had three hits and drove in two RBIs to help the Green Wave to their 22nd win of the year.
The scoring started in the second inning when Sean Potkay started the inning with a base hit to center field against Nicholls State (18-15) starting pitcher Michael Suk. Florio then turned around the second pitch he saw for his third home run of the season to give the Olive and Blue the early 2-0 lead.
Massey made his first start since leaving his start versus Brown on March 18 due to injury and threw four shutout innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. The freshman stuck out four and allowed just three hits in his sixth start of the season. He didn't walk a batter and faced just two batters over the minimum in the outing.
"I thought Alex threw really well tonight. He had 50 (pitches) to work with and he got to 49, so that was encouraging. I thought Tyler Mapes (threw) the best he's thrown since he arrived on campus, too. Alex (Facundus) came in and got us out of the eighth inning and D.J. (Ponder) was really good in the ninth."
The Colonels struck with a pair of runs against Tyler Mapes in the eighth inning when a trio of singles plated the first run and a sacrifice fly added the second. Jeremy Hill drove in the first run with a single to center field and Blake Bergeron hit a sacrifice fly to right field to cut the home lead to 5-2.
Mapes threw three and one-thirds innings in relief and surrendered the two runs on five hits. The junior didn't walk a batter and struck out four Colonels hitters before handing the ball to Alex Facundus who threw two-thirds on an inning. D.J. Ponder came on to throw a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the season, striking out two and throwing just 13 pitches.
Florio had three hits and two RBIs to pace the Green Wave offense on the evening and eight of the nine starters reached base in the game. Potkay singled and walked - moving his reached base streak to 11 games on the year - and Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak to ten games with a walk in the sixth inning.
Tulane will wrap up their six-game homestand on Wednesday evening when they host Alcorn State at 6:30 on the Turf at Turchin. The Green Wave will then travel to Birmingham, Ala. to play UAB in a three game series starting on Friday, April 13 in the Magic City.
- Tulane leads the all-time series 55-22.
- Frank Florio hit his third home run of the season - tenth of his collegiate career - and his fourth while at Tulane.
- Florio posted his tenth multi-RBI game of the year on Tuesday.
- Brandon Boudreaux posted his 12th multi-hit game of the year versus Nicholls State.
- Sean Potkay moved his reached base streak to 12 games going one-for-three on Tuesday night.
- Potkay recorded a walk in a game for the 17th time in 25 games played this season.
- The Tulane pitching staff didn't walk a batter for the fourth time this season and tied their season high with ten strikeouts in the game.
- Alex Massey made his first appearance since March 18, 2012 when he left his start due to injury versus Brown.
- Jeremy Schaffer extended his hitting streak to five games with a double on Tuesday evening.
- Brennan Middleton extended his reached base streak to ten games with a walk in the sixth inning.