April 20, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - You wouldn't have guessed that the Tulane baseball team would have their best scoring chance in the first inning or that they could have been shutout in a game in which they out-hit their opponent, but on Friday (April 20) versus 15th-ranked UCF the Green Wave fell 1-0 in the series opener at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
"That was a tough loss," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We played errorless baseball and we pitched really well. We left one ball up (in the strike zone) and he put a good swing on hit. We out hit them, but we just couldn't cash in and they made some great defensive plays that took us out of a couple innings. That was a really good ball game and we just came up short."
The Green Wave loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning as Brandon Boudreaux doubled and moved to third on a single from Garrett Cannizaro before Nick Schneeberger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A fly ball to right field from Jeremy Schaffer followed and Boudreaux was thrown out at the plate trying to score from third base.
The Green Wave couldn't break through over the first five innings against UCF (32-8, 10-3 C-USA) starting pitcher Ben Lively. Over the first five frames, Tulane (26-12, 5-5 C-USA) stranded runners on base in each inning and left eight runners on base during that stretch. Andrew Reeves was up to the challenge over the first five innings, as well, stranding five Knights base runners.
Reeves tossed 6.2 innings and allowed the one run on six hits in his fourth start of the season. The junior walked two - one intentionally - and struck out five in the loss. D.J. Ponder came on to throw the final two and one-thirds innings scoreless, surrendering two hits, walking one and striking out one.
The Olive and Blue out-hit the Knights ten to seven and had runners on base in eight of nine innings, but stranded ten runners against three UCF pitchers. The Knights stranded nine base runners, as well, and Tulane falls to 4-5 in one run games this season.
Four Green Wave hitters posted multi-hit games in the series opener, with Cannizaro, Blake Crohan, Brennan Middleton and Sean Potkay all posting two hits in the game. Boudreaux, Cannizaro and Potkay all moved their hitting streaks to seven games, while Middleton has reached base safely in 15 straight contests. Potkay's reached base streak has reached 17 games - the longest on the team this season - while three other TU players have reached base streaks 11 or more games.
The Green Wave and Knights will continue their series at 2:00 on Saturday, April 21 and conclude it on Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 on the Turf at Turchin.
- Tulane leads the all-time tally, 13-12.
- Andrew Reeves threw a career-high 6.2 innings and fanned a career-high five batters in the series opening start.
- D.J. Ponder has now stranded 14 of 16 inherited runners on the season after not allowing two inherited runners to score on Friday.
- Tulane's pitching staff held UCF to just one run, marking the 23rd time this season they have allowed three or fewer runs in a game.
- Sean Potkay extended his hitting streak to seven games with a third inning single and was two-for-four in the game.
- Potkay has now reached base safely in 17 straight games.
- Brennan Middleton posted his ninth bunt hit of the season on Friday night and extended his reached base streak to 15 games.
- Brandon Boudreaux has reached base safely in 12 straight games with a hits and a walk on Friday versus UCF.
- Jeremy Schaffer has reached base safely in 11 straight games, going one-for-three with a walk on Friday.