Junior Sean Potkay Posted Three Hits and Scored Twice on Wednesday Evening Versus Alcorn State
April 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The going was tough for the offense through the first three innings, but Alex Byo held down his end of things on the mound and the Tulane baseball team was able to get the bats going in the middle innings of their 14-1 victory over Alcorn State on Wednesday (April 11) evening inside the wrought iron games of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Nick Schneeberger and Sean Potkay each posted three hits, while Jeremy Schaffer hit his seventh longball of the season.
"I thought Alex (Byo) pitched well," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "He gave up those three hits and struck out six. Alcorn State's starting pitcher did a good job early and we really didn't have many good swings in the first three innings...but we were able to score some runs and then get into their bullpen. I thought Tucker (Oakley) looked the best he has this season and Andrew (Garner) both threw well, too."
Potkay started the fourth inning for Tulane (23-10) and came around to score on a double by Frank Florio - who was thrown out at third - to open the scoring. Blake Crohan reached on a fielding error and Brennan Middleton singled to get the rally started again. Bowen Woodson singled to plate Crohan and Brandon Boudreaux followed with a triple down the right field line to push the Green Wave's advantage to 4-0.
Three more runs in the fifth and four in the sixth stretched the Green Wave lead to 11-0 to give Byo a cushion on the mound. Florio, Crohan and Middleton all collected RBIs in the fifth and the sixth started with a walk to Boudreaux and a single from Garrett Cannizaro. Schneeberger plated the first run of the sixth inning with an RBI base hit and Schaffer followed with a three-run home run - his seventh of the year and 39th of his career - to left field.
The Green Wave added three runs in the seventh inning when an error by the Alcorn State (7-26) shortstop on a Cannizaro hit fielders choice with runners on first and second base allowed the first run to cross the plate. Schneeberger's infield single put two runners on base with two outs and pinch hitter Andrew Garner stepped in and doubled to right center field to plate both runners and extend the lead to 14-0.
Byo (4-3) would allow just three hits through seven innings of work to collect the win on the mound. The junior walked just one batter and tied his season-high with six strikeouts. Tucker Oakley ented the game in the eighth inning and tossed a scoreless frame with only a walk; that was erased on a double play.
The Braves would scratch across a run in the ninth inning against Garner on a full-count RBI single from Domonique Griffith with two outs in the final inning.
In the game, Schneeberger and Potkay paced all players with three hits apiece, while Schneeberger added three runs scored and plated his team-high 32nd RBI of the year. Schaffer pushed his hitting streak to six games with his sixth inning home run and his three RBIs give him nine multi-RBI game on the season and 48 in his career. Crohan and Florio each posted a pair of hits in the victory.
As a team, Tulane posted 17 hits - six going for extra bases - and improved to 7-0 when scoring ten runs in 2012.
The Green Wave will now 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 3-0.
- All nine starters collected his in the game, with four players posting multi-hit games.
- Wednesday marked the 14th games this season that four or more Tulane players posted multiple hits in the same game.
- Tulane improved to 19-0 when scoring six or more runs this season.
- The Tulane pitching staff has limited opponents to five or fewer runs in 25 of 33 games this season.
- Sean Potkay moved his reached base streak to 12 games with three hits on Wednesday.
- Brennan Middleton has reached base safely in 11 straight games after going one-for-two with a walk versus Alcorn State.
- Jeremy Schaffer hit his seventh home run of the season and 39th of his career on Wednesday.
- Schaffer extended his hitting streak to six games, going one-for-four versus Alcorn State.
- Alex Byo tied his season high with six strikeouts versus the Braves.