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Flynn, Shortall Power Black Attack in Fall World Series

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Conrad Flynn allowed just one hit in five innings to lead the Black team to victory Thursday.
TULANEGREENWAVE.COM
Conrad Flynn allowed just one hit in five innings to lead the Black team to victory Thursday.
TULANEGREENWAVE.COM

Nov. 5, 2009

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NEW ORLEANS - Junior starter Conrad Flynn retired 15 of 16 batters and freshman catcher Matt Shortall drove in all five runs as the Black team rolled to a 5-0 win in game two of Tulane's Fall World Series to take a two games to none lead in the five-game intra-squad set. Shortall, who hit a game-winning two-run double Wednesday, added a two-run double in the second inning and a three-run home run in the sixth to provide all the offense for the Black Attack.

Flynn set down 12 consecutive Green Team hitters to open the game before junior 1B Gunner Wright broke up the no-hitter leading off the fifth with a double that landed on the left field foul line. But Flynn retired the next three hitters in order and sophomore RHP Ryan Doiron pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, to complete the shutout.

"Conrad Flynn looked like the Conrad Flynn of the second half of last season," said head coach Rick Jones. "When he's pounding the strike zone like he did today, with a good breaking ball and a good mix of his fastball and change on both halves of the plate, down in the zone, he gets you a lot of quick outs. Today was what we've become accustomed to seeing from him."

"I felt good. I wanted to come out and throw strikes and my defense played great behind me," Flynn said. "I wasn't thinking about a no-hitter, I was just trying to get out of there without giving up any runs. Work ahead and stay ahead."

 

 

In the second inning, freshman LF Alex Byo opened the inning with a single, and after a walk to freshman SS Garrett Cannizaro and sacrifice from freshman 2B Adam Zabel, Shortall ripped a two-run double into left center to score two runs.

Shortall struck again in the sixth as Byo and Cannizaro rapped back-to-back one-out singles off freshman LHP David Napoli. Napoli struck out Zabel, but Shortall muscled a three-run blast off the scoreboard in left center to give the Black Squad a 5-0 lead. The freshman from Dallas, Texas now has seven RBI in two games in the Fall World Series.

"Once again, it's hard not to pay attention to Matt Shortall," Jones said. "The kind of day he had again today with a home run and a double, knocking in all those runs...that's really impressive."

"I've felt a little more locked in after the last few intra-squads," Shortall explained. "I feel like I'm seeing the ball fairly well now. I'm getting lucky a few times, but I feel pretty good."

After the second inning, Team Green starter Kyle McKenzie settled down, retiring nine of the next 11 to finish the day with two earned runs allowed in five innings with three walks and three strikeouts. Napoli's final line included three earned runs with one strikeout in one inning of work.

"I thought Kyle McKenzie, with the exception of the second inning when he walked a couple guys, had his best outing of the fall," Jones commented.

Sophomore catcher Jeremy Schaffer added a single for Team Green in the seventh off of Doiron, who picked up the save for the Black Squad.

Black Squad coach Chad Sutter sends senior lefty Matt Petiton (3.00 ERA, 13 K, 12 IP this fall) to the mound Friday looking to clinch the series. Coach Jack Cressend's Krewe turns to Wright (4.50 ERA, 9 K, 12 IP this fall) to take the hill and stop the bleeding for Team Green.

First pitch for game three is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The series will continue through Sunday (with starting times of approximately 1:45 p.m. on Saturday and again Sunday) regardless of the games' outcomes.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Tulane Head Coach Rick Jones

"Conrad Flynn looked like the Conrad Flynn of the second half of last season. When he's pounding the strike zone like he did today, with a good breaking ball and a good mix of his fastball and change on both halves of the plate, down in the zone, he gets you a lot of quick outs. Today was what we've become accustomed to seeing from him."

"I thought Kyle McKenzie, with the exception of the second inning when he walked a couple guys, had his best outing of the fall. Kyle had struggled with his command and when you pitch behind in the count and put guys on...it's going to come back to haunt you. He'd just been over throwing a little bit, a little anxious probably trying to do a little more than he needs to. Today in the first inning and in the second after he got the double-play ball, from that point and time on I thought he settled in. He mixed his pitches and started featuring his change and breaking balls more and that was a positive for him."

"Once again, it's hard not to pay attention to Matt Shortall. The kind of day he had again today with a home run and a double, knocking in all those runs. Knocking in five runs, that's really impressive. So two days in a row he's really swung the bat well. He caught well. He threw out a runner stealing. Every year you get fooled: You think this guy may not be this, or this guy may be that. And someone turns out to be maybe not exactly what you thought they were going to be. And somebody turns out to be a lot better than you thought they possibly could be, or comes on quicker.

Matt's really come on quick offensively. We didn't expect him to have that kind of offense that he had today or yesterday. But he's been doing this for a couple weeks, and you don't do that unless you can do it. It's not smoke and mirrors. He's definitely going to have the opportunity to figure in our offensive plans. We're going to look at him not just behind the plate some. Maybe it's some time at first. I don't know how that's going to go or etching anything in stone. But you've got to get that bat in the lineup if it's swinging like that and right now he's building a strong case for himself."

"It was a very strong fundamentally played game today. I'd like to see the offense come around a little bit more tomorrow, but you always like to see pitching and defense. You know you're going to have a chance to be in every ball game when you have those two things going for you."

Black Squad Junior starter Conrad Flynn
"I felt good. I wanted to come out and throw strikes and my defense played great behind me. We wanted to set the tone and now we're up 2-0 in the series." "I wasn't thinking about a no-hitter, I was just trying to get out of there without giving up any runs. Work ahead and stay ahead."

Black Squad Freshman Catcher Matt Shortall
"I feel like I'm seeing the ball fairly well now, I'm getting lucky a few times, but I feel pretty good. I've felt a little more locked in after the last few intra-squads."