May 1, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team fell behind early to UAB on Sunday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium and couldn't muster enough offense to get back into the game as they fell 7-1 to the Blazers in the series finale. UAB scored seven runs on nine hits, while Nick Schneeberger accounted for the only Green Wave run and posted two of the team's five hits.
"I thought it was two different games for us today," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "I thought we came out with a good approach at the plate early (in the game), but we didn't have anything to show for it. We hit some balls on the nose but they (got caught)...We didn't have the same aggressiveness (later in the game), we stopped seeing the ball up and were swinging at more balls out of the zone. We didn't have the same quality at bats when we got down (later in the game). We just didn't have the same confident approach today, but you have to give some credit to them."
UAB (25-19, 9-9 C-USA) scored two runs in the first and third innings against Green Wave starting pitcher Alex Byo. Nick Crawford and Jamal Austin scored runs in each inning, with Austin's first inning double opening the scoring. Patrick Palmeiro drove in the second run for the Blazers in the first inning with a ground out, while Harry Clarks third inning ground out and a base hit bunt from Andrew Manning gave UAB an early lead.
Tulane (26-18, 6-9 C-USA) scored their first run of the afternoon in the second inning when Brandon Boudreaux drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a balk by Blazers starting pitcher Ben Bullard. Nick Schneeberger drove him home a batter later with a single up the middle.
The Blazers scored once in the sixth when Coy Arrowood started the inning with a double to left field and later scored on a safety squeeze bunt from Crawford. Byo worked into the eighth inning, but after a leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt was relieved by Alex Facundus. The freshman allowed the inherited runner to score on a fielders choice and later surrendered a run of his own on a sacrifice fly to center field to make it a 7-1 Blazers lead.
Byo tossed seven and one-thirds innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked three batters and struck out two in falling to 1-2 overall on the season. Facundus threw the final inning and two-thirds, allowing an unearned run on one hit to go along with a walk.
Tulane collected only a single and two walks over the final two innings against UAB reliever Ryan Nance, but couldn't scratch a run across to account for the 7-1 final score.
Schneeberger led the offense with two hits and a walk, while Jeremy Schaffer tripled and walked in the game. Boudreaux walked twice in the contest and was the only other Tulane hitter to reach base twice, while Nick Boullosa and Brennan Middleton each posted hits in the game.
The next contest for Tulane will be on Tuesday, April 3 when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. to take on LSU. The Green Wave and Tigers will start at 6:30 at Alex Box Stadium.