May 12, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - When the Tulane baseball team plays extra innings, you can bet on 12 innings of baseball and that held true in the continuation of Friday's (May 11) game at Cougar Field. Tulane led 4-3 in the seventh inning when the game was suspended due to lightning and when it resumed Houston scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and plated the game winning run in the 12th inning to claim the series opener, 5-4.
It was a good start to the game, but as we all know it is how you finish and the Green Wave were held scoreless the final six innings to allow the Cougars to really and claim the series opener. Tulane (33-17, 10-9 C-USA) stranded 11 runners on base, while Houston (17-28-1, 5-13-1 C-USA) left 16 runners on base in a game that spanned two days due to a lightning delay on Friday night. The Green Wave scored the first three runs of the game, but Houston tallied the final three runs of the contest.
The offense got started early for the Green Wave as Brandon Boudreaux singled and stole second base before Garrett Cannizaro walked. After a ground out by Nick Schneeberger erased Cannizaro at second - followed by a Schneeberger stolen base - Jeremy Schaffer doubled down the left field line to score both runners and give the Green Wave an early lead.
In the second inning, Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak 27 games with a leadoff single and promptly stole second base for his 11th swipe of the season. Boudreaux came up with one out and singled into right field to score Middleton and push the Tulane lead to 3-0.
Houston struck with a pair of runs against TU starting pitcher Andrew Reeves in the fifth inning when Landon Appling and Jake Runte each plated two-out RBIs, but the Green Wave got a run back in the top of the sixth when Crohan doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-2 contest.
When the game resumed on Saturday, D.J. Ponder took the mound for Tulane and the Cougars got their offense going when Cody Morehouse doubled to start frame. After a sacrifice bunt, Runte plated his second RBI of the afternoon with a single. Ponder was able to get out of the seventh with the score tied at 4-4.
Houston threatened in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases versus Ponder, but Cannon lined out to center field and Tulane entered extra innings for the third time this season.
Ponder worked out of a bases loaded jam in the tenth inning and walked a batter with one out in the eleventh inning. Jacob Lueneburg stole second base and Ponder issued a walk to Jonathan Davis. Alex Facundus entered the game and Leuneburg stole third base to put runners on the corners with one out. Facundus got an out at home plate on a squeeze bunt attempt and struck out the final batter of the inning to send it to the 12th inning.
Schneeberger led off the top of the twelfth inning with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Schaffer, but Ray struck out Crohan and Garner grounded out to strand Schneeberger in scoring position. Tulane hadn't put a runner in scoring position since the seventh inning.
The Cougars finale broke through with the game winning run in the 12th inning when a pair of infield hits put runners on first and second with one out. Landon Appling played the role of the hero and came through with a single to left field, scoring Michael Pyeatt from second base.
Facundus took the loss on the mound with one run allowed in an inning of work. The sophomore allowed three hits and struck out two batters, falling to 3-2 on the season. Ponder tossed four and one-thirds inning of relief work and allowed one run on five hits, walking six - two intentionally - and struck out one.
At the plate, Boudreaux, Cannizaro, Crohan, Garner and Schneeberger all chipped in two hits in the series opener, while Schaffer plated a pair of RBIs. Middleton moved his reached base streak to 27 games, while Boudreaux has reached base safely in 24 straight games.
The second game of the unconventional double-header will begin at approximately XXX, while the third game of the series is slated for Sunday, May 13 at 1:00.
- Houston leads the all-time series, 32-25.
- Tulane posted its 28th game with ten-plus hits in 2012.
- Tulane is now 1-2 in extra-inning games, with all three of those games lasting 12 innings.
- Brandon Boudreaux pushed his hitting streak to a season-long nine games with a first inning single.
- Boudreaux's single in the first moved his reached base streak to 24 games.
- Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak to 27 games with a second inning single.
- Middleton and Blake Crohan each extended hitting streaks to five games on Friday.
- Andrew Garner posted his eighth multi-hit game of the season on Friday night.
- D.J. Ponder had his 21 1/3 inning scoreless streak snapped with a run allowed in the seventh inning.