May 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Brandon Boudreaux set the tone from the first pitch he saw on Friday (May 4) evening as the Tulane baseball team claimed a 9-5 series opening victory over Southern Miss inside the gates of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Boudreaux was perfect five-for-five in the game and four different Green Wave pitchers combined to hold the Golden Eagles offense to just five runs to post the team's 30th win of the season.
"We played well tonight," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones, "just played well tonight. I am pleased with a win, no question. We had to play well to (to get a win) and we did. We beat a (starting pitcher) with really good numbers.
"I thought we played really well tonight. Andrew (Reeves) did not have his best stuff...but he fought through it, got out of (the second inning), and got us into the sixth inning. (Tyler) Mapes got us out of the sixth, (Alex) Facundus got us out of the seventh, and D.J. (Ponder) got us out of the ninth, so our bullpen performed for us, as well. Obviously, Brandon (Boudreaux) had a stellar night and set the tone by hitting the first pitch of the ball game out of the park. (Andrew) Garner's homerun was big at the time and helped us stretch the lead...I thought that was a huge play in the game."
Boudreaux took the first pitch he saw from Southern Miss (25-20, 9-7 C-USA) starting pitcher Andrew Pierce and sent it over the right field wall for his seventh home run of the season. It was the second time this season and third time in his career that he has led off a game with a home run and it gave the Green Wave a 1-0 lead.
Tulane (30-16, 8-8 C-USA) retook the lead with two outs in the second inning as Brennan Middleton doubled down the left field line - moving his reached base streak to a team-high 23 games - and moved to third on a base hit by Bowen Woodson. Boudreaux followed with a base hit, plating his second RBI of the game, and Cannizaro singled to left field to push Woodson across the plate and make it 3-1 in favor of the Olive and Blue.
Boudreaux plated the Green Wave's fourth run in the fourth inning with a base hit to right field after Andrew Garner singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. In the fifth, Nick Schneeberger walked, Jeremy Schaffer singled and Blake Crohan was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Briggs Barrios followed with a bases loaded walk and Garner's sacrifice fly to center field to pushed the TU lead to 6-1, before TU hit into one of its three double plays on the night.
Kameron Brunty plated the second run for the Golden Eagles in the sixth inning when he followed a Mason Robbins double with a two-base hit of his own. That hit ended Reeves' outing with the score sitting at 6-2 in favor of the home team. Tyler Mapes entered and loaded the bases, but coaxed a goundout to end the threat.
Reeves threw five and one-thirds innings in his sixth start of the season and allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits. The junior walked three - all in the second inning - and struck out one to pick up his second win of the year. Mapes would throw just two-thirds of an inning, allowing the first two runners of the seventh to reach base, before handing the ball over to Alex Facundus.
A Boudreaux home run with one out in the sixth inning gave the junior an RBI in four straight at-bats and pushed the Green Wave's lead to 7-2. Southern Miss would keep the game close with three more runs in the seventh as the first two base runners reached via singles before Facundus came on in relief. Another single loaded the bases and Isaac Rodriguez doubled down the left field line to clear them and make it a 7-5 contest.
Garner gave the Olive and Blue a little breathing room with his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, down the left field line in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-5.
Facundus tossed a scoreless ninth, but allowed two base runners in the ninth inning before handing the ball to D.J. Ponder. Ponder walked the first batter he faced to bring the tying run to the plate, but struck out Andrew Furr to end the game and post his ninth save of the season. The save was the tenth of Ponder's career and moves him into a tie for seventh on the all-time charts with Preston Claiborne and Brian Gibbs.
Bouderaux's five-for-five night at the plate was the highlight for Tulane, as the junior posted the first five-hit effort of his career and his second four-RBI game of the season. Garner hit his second home run of the year and collected his first career three-RBI night. Woodson chipped in two hits, while Crohan reached base three times in the game for Tulane.
The series will continue on Saturday, May 5 on the Turf at Turchin, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m., before closing things out with a 1:00 p.m. start time on Sunday, May 6.
- Tulane leads the all-time series, 88-53-1.
- Tulane posted 13 hits on Friday night; marking the 25th time in 2012 they have had 10-plus hits in a game.
- Tulane is 25-0 when holding a lead after six innings this season.
- Brandon Boudreaux led off the bottom of the first inning with his seventh home run of the season.
- It was the third time that Boudreaux led off a game with a home run (at UAB, 4/13/2012; Nicholls State, 4/6/2010)
- Boudreaux hit his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning.
- Boudreaux posted his second career multi-home run game on Friday (UAB, 4/14/12)
- The five-for-five effort on Friday night was the first five-hit game of Boudreaux's career.
- Garrett Cannizaro pushed his hitting streak to 15 games with a one-for-five night at the plate.
- Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak to a team-best 23 games on Friday night.
- Andrew Garner hit his second home run of the season and posted his first career three-RBI game on Friday.
- Andrew Reeves picked up his second win of the season on Friday night with two runs - one earned - in five and one-thirds inning of work.
- D.J. Ponder recorded the final out of the game for his ninth save of the season and tenth of his career.
- Ponder is now tied for seventh on the all-time saves list with ten (P. Claiborne & B. Gibbs).