May 8, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Alex Byo carried a no hitter into the seventh inning for the Tulane baseball team and allowed just two runs on one hit in his 13th start of the season to help the Green Wave to a 7-3 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday (May 8) evening inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Byo fanned a season-high seven batters and Blake Crohan hit the team's 40th home run of the season to push their winning streak to four games.
It was the final midweek game for the Green Wave and they ended that on a high-note with their 23rd non-conference victory of the year. Byo picked up his team-leading seventh victory of the season on the mound to help Tulane improve to 23-8 in non-conference games and 8-3 in midweek games this season.
"Alex (Byo) really set the tone on the mound," said head coach Rick Jones. "He took a no-hitter into the seventh and pitched very well. He had great command of his fastball down in the zone, his change-up was outstanding and he mixed his breaking ball in just enough to keep them off balance. We played well defensively behind him and (Jeremy) Schaffer came through with the huge bases loaded at-bat. Blake (Crohan) stretched the lead with his home run and then D.J. (Ponder) was good in the ninth innings."
The Green Wave got the scoring started in the third inning when Bowen Woodson and Brandon Boudreaux singled to start the frame and Garrett Cannizaro walked to load the bases. After Louisiana-Lafayette (21-26) starting pitcher Henri Faucheux walked Nick Schneeberger, reliever Cord Cockrell surrendered a bases clearing double to Jeremy Schaffer to make it 4-0 in favor of the home team.
Byo's no-hit bid ended in the seventh inning when Dylan Butler doubled down the left field line, following a walk to Jace Conrad, to put runners on second and third with no outs. The shutout was lost a batter later when Chase Compton's sacrifice fly scored Conrad from third to make it 5-1. A ground out from Logan Preston pushed the second run of the inning across, but Byo was able to complete the inning with Tulane leading 5-2.
Tulane got the two runs back in the bottom of the inning when Schaffer singled and Blake Crohan followed with his second home run of the season to left field.
That was more than enough for Byo, who tossed seven complete innings and allowed the two runs on just one hit. He issued two walks and hit a batter, but got a double play ball and stranded one runner on base to improve to 7-4 on the season. His seven strikeouts are a season-high and just one away from his career-high, set last season at Rice.
Alex Facundus entered the game in the eighth and allowed one run on a hit and D.J. Ponder came on to throw a scoreless ninth inning. Ponder walked one and struck out two in his 22nd appearance of the season.
At the plate, Schaffer posted the 73rd multi-hit game of his career on Tuesday night with a pair of knocks and drove in three RBIs, while Boudreaux, Middleton and Andrew Garner all chipped in two hits, as well. Crohan made his only hit of the evening count with a two-run home run - his second of the year - and Cannizaro reached base twice, once via walk and once on a hit-by-pitch.
Another important weekend for Tulane approaches as they will head to the Lone Star state for a three-game series with the University of Houston. The Green Wave and Cougars will face off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (May 11) and Saturday (May 12) before starting the series finale at 1:00 on Sunday (May 13).
- Tulane leads the all-time series, 43-40.
- Tulane ended the season with an 8-3 mark in midweek games during the 2012 season.
- Tulane topped the ten-hit plateau for the 26th time in 2012.
- Tulane improved to 25-9 on the season inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
- Tulane is now 23-8 in non-conference games in 2012.
- Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak to 26 games with a fourth inning single.
- Middleton posted his 14th base hit bunt of the season in the sixth inning.
- Brandon Boudreaux pushed his hitting streak to eight games and reached base streak 23 games.
- Boudreaux now has 18 multi-hit games on the year.
- Alex Byo set a season-high with seven strikeouts on Tuesday night.
- Byo picked up his team-leading seventh win of the season on Tuesday night.
- Jeremy Schaffer posted his 18 multi-hit game of the season and 73rd of his career.
- Schaffer posted his team-leading 14th multi-RBI game of the year.
- Blake Crohan hit his second home run of the year - 12th of his career - in the seventh inning versus ULL.
- Andrew Garner posted his seventh multi-hit game of the year on Tuesday.
- D.J. Ponder pitched a scoreless ninth inning to move his scoreless innings streak to 21 1/3 innings on Tuesday night.