April 27, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina scored the first run of the game against Green Wave starting pitcher Andrew Reeves, but that was all of that they right-hander would surrender as the Tulane baseball team came away with a 4-1 victory on Friday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium to op their Conference USA road series.
"Andrew (Reeves) really set the tone at the beginning. We had the miscues in the first inning, but he minimized (the damage) and really went after their hitters and got some quick outs after that. We played really well defensively behind him. I think we got a little tentative (at the plate) later in the game, but you have to give some credit to Smithmeyer. We feel good late in the game with (D.J.) Ponder in the bullpen and he came on and did a good a job for us."
Tulane (28-14, 6-7 C-USA) opened the game with some shaky play in the field with an error and a passed ball putting leadoff hitter Tim Younger on second base. A strikeout posted the first out of the inning, but Corey Thompson singled to left center field to score the first run of the game.
The unearned run was all that Andrew Reeves (1-1) would consent in a career-high seven innings of work. Reeves would face five batters in each of the first three innings, but didn't see more than four batters at the plate over the next four innings. He posted three-up, three-down innings in the fourth and fifth, hit a batter in the sixth and allowed a two-out single in the seventh before a base hit to start the eighth ended his outing.
In the third inning, the Olive and Blue capitalized on a pair of hits and two wild pitches from Brandt. With one out, Garrett Cannizaro singled to left field and Nick Schneeberger followed with a base knock of his own to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Cannizaro to score and moved Schneeberger to second. The next pitch went wild, as well, and Schneeberger took advantage when he scored all the way from second base on the miscue.
With the lead sitting at 3-1, Tulane added an unearned run of their own in the sixth inning when a fielding error by the ECU third baseman allowed Crohan to score from third base after he reached via fielders choice earlier in the inning. Oakley posted his second hit of the game in the inning, moving Crohan to third and the junior moved up a base on a fly ball out to center field to allow him to score when Brennan Middleton reached on the error.
D.J. Ponder would enter the game in the eighth inning after Reeves allowed a leadoff single. Ponder got a fly ball out and rolled a double play to get out of the eighth and then allowed a hit in the ninth, but closed out the game to post his seventh save of the season. It was the eighth save of his career, moving him into 11th on the all-time saves list at Tulane, and struck out one in two innings of work.
Reeves ended the night with seven innings of work and allowed one unearned run on six hits. He walked two and struck out two, using just 86 pitches to pick up his first career win in the Olive and Blue.
At the plate, Schneeberger posted his seventh three-hit game of the season and 24th multi-hit effort of the season in the series opener. Cannizaro posted a pair of hits and moved his hitting streak to 11 games, while Middleton dropped down his 12th base-hit bunt of the season. Sean Potkay moved his reached base streak to 20 games on Friday night with a sixth inning walk and Oakley posted his second career multi-hit game.
Tulane will hit continue their three-game set at East Carolina on Saturday (April 28) at 2:00 Central time and conclude the series on Sunday (April 29) at 10:30 a.m.
- Tulane leads the all-time series, 22-13.
- Tulane posted 10-plus hits in their seventh straight game on Friday night.
- Seven of Tulane's nine starters posted his in the game, while eight of nine reached base in the series opener.
- Andrew Reeves tossed a career-high seven innings to earn his first career win on Friday night.
- Nick Schneeberger posted his seventh three-hit game of the season on Friday.
- Garrett Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the series opener versus East Carolina.
- Sean Potkay (21 games), Brennan Middleton (19), Brandon Boudreaux (16), Jeremy Schaffer (15) and Cannizaro (11) all extended their reached base streaks.
- Blake Crohan and Schneeberger each moved their reached base streaks to ten games.
- Middleton posted his 12th base hit bunt on Friday night at East Carolina.
- D.J. Ponder stranded an inherited runner in the eighth inning and has now stranded 17 of 19inherited runners this season.
- Ponder posted his seventh save of the season and eighth of his career to move into 11th on the career saves chart.
- Tulane allowed only an unearned run on Friday night, marking the 31st time in 42 games they have allowed five or fewer runs in a game.