Feb. 22, 2009
New Orleans- Senior right-hander Josh Zeid struck out three in a 7.0-inning start and freshman catcher Jeremy Schaffer went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Tulane University closed out the opening weekend of the 2009 season with a 6-0 victory over Le Moyne Sunday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Making his first start in a Tulane uniform, Zeid (1-0) allowed just four singles and faced just two more than the minimum during his time on the hill to earn the first win of his collegiate career. With the victory, Tulane improves to 3-1 on the year. Le Moyne, meanwhile, falls to 1-3.
"I felt good out there today," Zeid said of his first start. "My teammates and my coaches all gave me a lot of support and I knew that I have a great bullpen behind me if I needed it."
Zeid secured the win with some backing from his bullpen when freshman Ryan Doiron came into to pitch the eighth inning and DJ Ponder retired the side in order in the ninth inning but it was Schaffer's bat that gave Zeid the most support.
Schaffer, who hit .364 (4-for-11) for the weekend, posted an RBI single in the first, and capped his day with a two-run homer into the teeth of the wind to left in the seventh. He also showed solid skills behind the plate where he threw out a pair of would-be base stealers and played flawless defense in three games of work.
"I was excited to get in the game since this was my first weekend of college ball," Schaffer said. "I was just trying to go out there and play. I didn't want to worry about impressing anybody; I just wanted to go out and play. At the plate, I've just been seeing the ball well and driving it."
The Green Wave got on the board early as leadoff hitter Nick Boullosa received a pass from Le Moyne starter Mark Kuzma after Boullosa took a pitch to the leg. Junior shortstop Josh Prince followed with a walk to bring up senior Seth Henry. Henry laced a single to right field and advanced to second on a throw home in an effort to throw out Boullosa who beat the throw to get the Wave on the board. Rob Segedin hit a sacrifice fly to score Prince and advance Henry to third. Schaffer stepped into the box to pick up his first hit of the day, a single to right field to plate Henry, giving Tulane the 3-0 advantage.
The Wave peppered in hits throughout the middle innings of the game and but didn't get back on the board again until the seventh, when Segedin led off the inning with a base on balls. Schaffer stepped into the box to follow and with one swing of the bat launched a home run over the left field wall, extending Tulane's lead to five. Sam Honeck followed with a single and scored easily on a Steve Moritz double, leading to what proved to be a final score of 6-0. Moritz finished the day going 3-3 with two doubles.
The victory also marks a milestone for head coach Rick Jones, as he earned his 642nd win, making him the winningest coach in Tulane history. Jones' Tulane coaching record now stands at 642-307-2. With the win, he surpassed former Tulane baseball coach Joe Brockhoff, who went 641-350-2 (.647) during his career at Tulane (1975-93).
The Green Wave will take the field again on Wednesday night when they play host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. First pitch is at 6PM.