May 8, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - It was a gut-check game for the Tulane baseball team on Sunday afternoon versus Memphis, with the Green Wave needing a win to them in a better position for a postseason berth. After winning an extra-inning game on Friday night and dropping a tough one-run game on Saturday, the Olive and Blue pounded out 12 hits, walked eight times and took advantage on Tigers error to win a 10-3 contest and win two of three games in the series.
"We came out with 12 hits and they were big hits," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "Andrew Garner really pitched well in relief. He came in when it was tight and got us out of the seventh inning. We stay alive another day. It helps in the standings since Marshall got beat. It gives us three games on them in the standings, with them winning one of three this weekend and us taking two (of three) games. We are just trying to get as many wins as we can."
Memphis (26-21, 9-9 C-USA) grabbed the first lead of the game against Tulane (28-20, 8-10 C-USA) starting pitcher Alex Byo with a run in the third inning. Byo worked out of trouble in the second inning before allowing a single and a walk with one out in the third. After a fly out accounted for the second out of the frame, T.J. Rich plated Drew Martinez to give the Tiger the first lead of the game for the third straight day.
Meanwhile, Memphis starting pitcher Clayton Gant had retired nine of the first 11 batters he faced entering the fourth inning. Nick Schneeberger got Tulane started in the fourth with a one-out single and Bowen Woodson pushed the Green Wave into the lead a batter later with his third home run of the season to right field. Woodson was ahead 2-0 in the count and sent the third offering into the net in right field to push Tulane ahead 2-1. Three straight singles pushed the third Tulane run across the plate in the fourth, with Blake Crohan, Garrett Cannizaro and Brennan Middleton all singling with two outs.
The Tigers got a run back in the top of the sixth when J.D. Wallace's sacrifice fly scored Jacob Wilson, who led off the inning with a single, and it was a 4-2 ballgame.
Tulane added three more runs in the sixth inning to make it a 7-2 lead, as Schaffer plated the first RBI with a bases loaded walk and Schneeberger plated a pair of runs with a single to right field.
Memphis scored a run in the seventh against Byo, who was replaced with no outs and two runners on base in the seventh, but Andrew Garner came on and tossed the final three innings scoreless. Byo threw six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while walking four. The sophomore fanned three batters to improve to 2-2 on the season with the victory.
A Brandon Boudreaux RBI single and two more runs batted in from Schneeberger in the seventh was more than enough offense for the Green Wave, who led 10-3 after seven innings.
Garner allowed just a seventh inning single and retired nine of the ten batters he faced to grab his first career save. The freshman fanned three batters and threw just 35 pitches. Byo and Garner limited a Tigers offense that entered with the highest batting average in Conference USA to just six hits on the afternoon and no Memphis player had more than one hit.
Schneeberger was four-for-five at the plate on Sunday with four RBI's and a run scored. Woodson had a pair of hits and drove in a pair of RBI's, while Cannizaro had three hits and scored twice in the contest. All nine starts reached base in the contest and seven of the nine reached base at least twice on the afternoon. Boudreaux and Boullosa joined Cannizaro with a game-high two runs scored.
There is no scheduled midweek game of the Olive and Blue this week and the Green Wave will head to Marshall for another vital Conference USA weekend series. Tulane will play the three game series at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. starting at 1:00 Central time on Friday, May 13.