Junior Alex Byo Picked Up His Team-Best Sixth Victory of the Season on Tuesday Versus Northwestern State
April 24, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After dropping three close games over the weekend, the Tulane baseball team took an early lead and added to that lead late in their 10-3 victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday (April 24) afternoon inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Alex Byo tossed six solid innings and six different Green Wave players posted multi-hit games on the afternoon, led by Brennan Middleton's three hit effort at the plate.
"Today's game was workman like, but I thought Byo pitched well and Andrew Garner really gave us a lift when it was still a tight ballgame. He did a nice job to keep that runner at third base from scoring (in the seventh inning). We ended up with fourteen hits and we were more patient at the plate today. I thought we did a better job getting good swings on fastballs, getting in better fastball hitting counts and putting better swings on (the fastball)."
Tulane (27-14) opened the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the third inning when eight batters came to the plate. A walk to Brandon Boudreaux was bookended by singles from Middleton and Garrett Cannizaro to load the bases with no outs. Nick Schneeberger followed with a single to right center field to plate the first two runs of the game and, after a Jeremy Schaffer walk re-loaded the bases, Sean Potkay grounded into a double play to score the third run of the frame. A Blake Crohan double to left center field later in the inning pushed the score to 4-0.
Alex Byo (6-3) retired the first nine batters he faced, but Northwestern State (14-24) would add a run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth to cut the Tulane lead to just one run. Colin Bear drove in the first run of the contest in the fourth inning, while Will Watson and Drew Helenihi each drove in runs in the fifth to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
Tulane got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single to center field from Tucker Oakley and Jeremy Schaffer plated a run in the sixth inning with an RBI base hit of his own to extend the Green Wave lead to 6-3.
Byo, who worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning, completed six innings in his tenth start of the season. The junior allowed three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out two, to improve pick up his team-leading 6-3 on the season.
The Green Wave batted around for the 14th time in 2012 and stretched their lead with four runs more in the seventh inning. After Crohan flew out to start the frame, Oakley was hit by a pitch, Bowen Woodson walked and Middleton singled to load the bases. Boudreaux's sacrifice fly to left-center field scored the first run and an error by the NSU shortstop on a base hit by Cannizaro allowed the second run to score. Schaffer and Sean Potkay each worked bases loaded walks in the inning before Crohan flew out to end the inning.
With the lead sitting at 10-3, the Tulane bullpen would take the reins and steer the Green Wave to their 27th victory of the season. Andrew Garner threw a scoreless seventh and eighth innings, allowing just one hit, before Alex Facundus allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.
Six Green Wave players posted multi-hit games against five different Demon pitchers, led by Middleton's three-for-four effort at the plate. The junior posted his 11th bunt hit of the season and added two runs scored and a walk. Five other Green Wave players posted two hits in the contest, with Cannizaro, Crohan, Oakley, Schaffer and Schneeberger all posting two hits in the game. Schaffer drove in two runs and added two walks in the game and Schneeberger scored twice and had two runs batted in on Tuesday.
Tulane will hit the road this weekend for three games at East Carolina starting on Friday, April 27 at 6:30. The two teams will continue their series on Saturday (April 28) at 2:00 and Sunday (April 29) at 10:30 a.m.
- Tulane leads the all-time series, 18-3
- The Green Wave posted ten or more hits in their sixth straight game.
- Tuesday marked the 19th time in 2012 that four-or-more players posted multiple hits in the same contest.
- Blake Crohan extended his reached base streak to nine games on Tuesday.
- Crohan posted his 11th multi-hit game of the season, going two-for-five versus NSU.
- Garrett Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to ten games with a third inning single on Tuesday.
- Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak to 18 games on Tuesday.
- Middleton collected his 11th base hit bunt of the season on Tuesday afternoon.
- A third inning walk extended the reached base streak of Jeremy Schaffer to 14 games.
- Alex Byo picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season versus Northwestern State on Tuesday.
- Andrew Garner (two innings) and Alex Facundus (one inning) held Northwestern State scoreless for three innings to lower the bullpen ERA to 2.24 on the season.