Senior Jeremy Schaffer Hit His 41st Career Home Run on Sunday at UAB
April 15, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Three more home runs highlighted the Tulane baseball team's 9-3 series clinching victory over UAB on Sunday at Young Memorial Field. The Green Wave churned out 13 hits - seven for extra bases - and batted around for the 12th time this season in their four-run sixth inning to claim their second Conference USA road series victory of the season.
"I thought we played so hard all weekend and today was one of our best games in every phase," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We really pitched well; both Kyle (McKenzie) and Alex (Massey)...and when Alex tired in the ninth Andrew (Garner) came in and made some pitches when he had to. Troy (McCartney) got us jump started with the home run and Brandon (Boudreaux) had a great day for us at the plate. Today was one of our more complete ballgames."
Troy McCartney opened the scoring in the third inning when he took an offering from UAB starting pitcher Michael Busby and sent it down the left field line and over the fence for his first career home run in the Olive and Blue. Brandon Boudreaux followed with the first of four hits on the day for the junior and Garrett Cannizaro followed with a double to plate the second run of the game.
Tulane starting pitcher Kyle McKenzie (3-1) would allow base runners in each of the first four innings, but was able to hold the Blazers off of the scoreboard.
UAB would strike for their first run of the afternoon in the fifth, however, when Sam Kelley led off the frame with a single and Ivan DeJesus walked with two outs to push pinch runner Chase Davis into scoring position. Todd Wilkinson followed with a base hit to right field, but that would be all the home team would get against McKenzie.
The right-hander finished that inning and would be relieved by rookie Alex Massey, but not before the Green Wave would pad their lead with four runs in the sixth inning. The first five batters reached base to start the inning, with base hits from Boudreaux and Nick Schneeberger bookended a Cannizaro walk to load the bases. Jeremy Schaffer followed with a two-RBI single to right field and Potkay doubled into the left-center field gap to score the third run of the frame with no outs. Blake Crohan capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field, extending the TU lead to 6-1.
McKenzie threw five complete innings and allowed one run on five hits to go along with three strikeouts. The redshirt-sophomore has now allowed one or fewer earned runs in each of his last four outings - three starts - spanning 21 1/3 innings.
The lead swelled in the seventh when Boudreaux led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Schneeberger sacrifice fly to center field to make it 7-1. Boudreaux led off the ninth inning with his third home run of the weekend and, two outs later, Schaffer connected for his second longball of the series and 41st of his career to make it a 9-1 ballgame in favor of the Olive and Blue.
The ninth inning got a little dicey as Massey struck out the first batter of the frame before allowing four straight batters to reach base. Pinch hitter Coy Arrowood plated the first run of the frame to end Massey's outing and Andrew Garner entered and surrendered a RBI base knock before getting a strikeout and a ground out to end the game.
Massey threw four and one-thirds innings and allowed two runs on four hits in his seventh appearance of the season - first in relief. The freshman struck out five and walked one before handing the ball to Garner who threw the final two-thirds of an inning with one hits allowed and one strikeout.
Boudreaux was four-for-five in the contest with an RBI and a career-high four runs scored, while hitting his fifth home run of the season and the tenth of his career. Schaffer added the only other multi-hit game, chipping in three hits, to go along with two runs scored and three RBIs. His ninth inning home run was his ninth of the season and the senior grabbed sole possession of 20th on the Conference USA home run chart with the 41st of his career. Potkay reached base three times in the game with a double and two walks, while Cannizaro doubled and walked in the contest.
Tulane will return home for a five-game homestand, starting on Tuesday, April 17 versus Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 and continuing over the weekend when they host nationally-ranked UCF in a pivotal Conference USA series.
- Tulane leads the all-time series 40-15.
- Tulane posted ten or more hits for the 17th time in 2012 and eight of nine starters collected hits.
- All nine starters reached base in the contest versus UAB on Sunday.
- Tulane batted around for the 12th time this season with nine hitters coming to the plate in the sixth inning.
- Brandon Boudreaux hit his tenth career home run in the ninth inning on Sunday.
- Boudreaux posted his third career four-hit game and scored a career-high four runs in the series finale at UAB.
- Sean Potkay extended his reached base streak to 15 games on Sunday going one-for-three with two walks.
- Potkay walked twice on Sunday, marking the ninth multi-walk game of the season for the junior.
- Boudreaux, Cannizaro, Potkay and Florio all moved their hitting streaks to five games.
- Jeremy Schaffer hit his 41st career home run on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of 20th on the Conference USA all-time list.
- Kyle McKenzie allowed one earned run or fewer for the fourth straight outing (3 ER in 22 1/3 Innings).
- Alex Massey posted five or more strikeouts for the fifth time this season with his five punch-outs on Sunday.