Oct. 30, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior right-hander Jonathan Garrett allowed just one run in a 6.0-inning start and junior southpaw Peter Connick tossed a scoreless seventh as the Green Machine defeated the Black Attack, 2-1, in game one of Tulane baseball's Fall World Series Tuesday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
Garrett - who had Tommy John surgery midway through his freshman year at Tulane in 2005 - scattered six hits during his time on the mound, and finished with one walk and a strikeout. Connick, meanwhile, allowed a leadoff single to freshman left fielder Kirk Cunningham in the seventh and final frame of the ballgame, but retired the next three batters in a row to pick up the save.
"Jonathan Garrett had really good stuff today," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Every day that he's past his Tommy John surgery is a good day. His velocity today was the best it's been since before his surgery. He only walked one guy in six innings, and that was encouraging and that's why his team won the ballgame, 2-1."
Not to be outdone, Black Attack starter Nick Pepitone had an equally impressive performance as the freshman righty allowed just a pair of hits and struck out three in 6.0 innings of work. He faced the minimum in half of his inning, getting a double-play ball to end the first inning, picking off a runner at first in the third, and retiring the side in order in the fourth. Senior Trey Martin pitched the final inning for the Attack, retiring all the batters he faced.
"It was a good ballgame," Jones said. "It was pitching dominant. Pepitone was very good for a freshman. He sunk his fastball and threw a heavy ball. He bounced back from a two-run second and threw well. It was also good to see Trey Martin give us an inning."
In the ensuing at-bat, Barto scored on a fielder's choice grounder to second off the bat of junior third baseman Jonny Weiss to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Pepitone allowed just two base-runners the rest of his outing, but the damage was already done.
The Black Attack had several opportunities to answer, but Garrett pitched his way out of the jam almost every time. The unit stranded five runners on base on the day, including runners in scoring position in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
The Attack cut the lead in half in the sixth, however, when junior right fielder Drew Allain roped a double down the left field line and scored on a bang-bang play at the plate on an RBI-single to shallow center by junior first baseman Marc Robért. Robért went to second on the throw home, but Garrett got a routine groundball to short to escape the frame without any more damage done.
Team Black had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh as freshman left fielder Kirk Cunningham lead off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by fellow freshman Blake Bennett. That would be as far as Cunningham would get, however, as Connick posted a groundout and a strikeout to end the contest.
Junior shortstop Josh Prince went 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and Cunningham posted hits in two of his three trips to the plate as well to lead the Attack. While the Green Machine posted just two hits on the day, both were for extra bases as Barto opened the scoring with his triple and junior left fielder Warren McFadden hammed a leadoff double in the sixth.
"As excited as I am about where we are on the mound, I'm equally concerned about where we are offensively," Jones said. "This has got to be a better offensive club than we are showing right now. I know we can be and I believe we will be. We just have to keep working at it."
Tulane's Fall World Series continues on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when the teams play Game 2 at 2 p.m. The contest was originally slated to start at 3 p.m., but was moved ahead one hour to better accommodate the student-athletes' schedules. Following Wednesday's seven-inning affair, the team will have a practice-only day on Thursday before closing out the weekend with the final three Fall World Series contests.
All three games will be nine-inning contests and the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are scheduled to start at 3 p.m., noon and 1 p.m., respectively.
Prior to Game 4 on Saturday, the Green Wave will hold St. Michael's Day at Turchin Stadium. In what has become an annual event, members of the Tulane team will hold a 9 a.m. clinic for elementary school members of St. Michael's Special School - a New Orleans institute designed to help students with major learning difficulties which hinder their ability to achieve success in a regular class setting - before assisting the students in a scrimmage slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.
TULANE FALL WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 Tuesday, Oct. 30 7 Innings 2-1 Green Machine Game 2 Wednesday, Oct. 31 7 Innings 2:00 p.m. Game 3 Friday, Nov. 2 9 Innings 3:00 p.m. Game 4 Saturday, Nov. 3 9 Innings 12:00 p.m. St. Michael's Day slated for 9:00 a.m. Game 5 Sunday, Nov. 4 9 Innings 1:00 p.m.