May 19, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Marshall came thundering out of the gates offensively on Saturday afternoon and handed the Tulane baseball team a 10-0 defeat in seven innings on Saturday (May 20) inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave was held to just four hits - their third fewest of the year - and the Thundering Herd posted 16 hits with five going for extra bases.
"There's no way to sugarcoat it, this is an extremely disappointing day," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We didn't put pressure on them at all, we only had four hits, and we didn't pitch well enough. The game got away from us early. It puts us in the position where we're going to have to play well next weekend in the conference tournament."
Marshall (17-36, 5-19 C-USA) took an early 2-0 lead against Green Wave starting pitcher David Napoli. The Thundering Herd put the first two base runners on and after double-steal put runners on the second and third, Eric Escobedo singled up the middle to start the scoring. Alfredo Brito followed with an RBI fielders choice and the home team trailed 2-0 before stepping to the plate.
Tulane (37-18, 14-10 C-USA) had runners on base in each of the first two innings, but came away with nothing to show for it and Marshall extended their lead when Brito drove in his second run of the game when Brito plated his second RBI of the afternoon to end the outing for Napoli. Gray Stafford followed with an RBI single to center field against Tulane reliever Alex Massey and the lead swelled to 7-0 when Sergio Leon doubled in an RBI and Isaac Ballou doubled down the left-field line to collect his third hit in as many innings and drive in two more runs.
It was just the third time this season that the Tulane's offense was held to fewer than five hits (LSU, 3/6; Rice, 4/7) as they could muster only four hits. The Green Wave walked four times and reached twice via hit-by-pitch, but stranded six on base and hit into three double.
Blake Crohan, Tucker Oakley, Cody Robinson and Jeremy Schaffer each posted one hit apiece in the regular season finale. Brennan Middleton reached base twice in the game with a walk and hit-by-pitch and Crohan added a walk to account for the only two TU hitters to reach base twice.
The Green Wave will take the No. 3 seed into the upcoming Conference USA Tournament presented by Trustmark, which will get underway on Wednesday, May 23 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Tulane will open tournament play on Wednesday, May 23 versus sixth-seeded East Carolina at 7:00 p.m. A full release of the tournament schedule will be posted later today.
- Tulane leads the all-time series, 15-7-1.
- Tulane's four hits are the third fewest this season (LSU, 3/6; Rice, 4/7)
- Nick Schneeberger pushed his reached base streak to a season-long 11 games.
- Blake Crohan moved his reached base streak to ten games.
- Jeremy Schaffer pushed his hitting streak to seven games on Saturday.
- David Napoli made 13 straight appearances of five-plus innings before going only two innings on Saturday.