Nov. 8, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Junior RHP Nick Pepitone allowed just two hits, and was backed by a pair of freshmen relievers as Team Green shut out the Black Squad in game five of Tulane's Fall World Series Sunday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Sophomore DH/1B Karl Mundt picked up an RBI single to cap a two-run third inning.
Pepitone struck out four while walking none to pick up the victory, and allowed just a single by sophomore INF Matt Ryan and a triple by freshman RHP/DH Alex Byo in his five innings of work. Freshman LHP David Napoli pitched an inning and two thirds in relief, allowing a walk and a double, while freshman RHP Nate Fury recorded the final out for the save for Team Green.
"I thought today, again like the rest of the fall, was a pitching dominant ballgame," head coach Rick Jones said. "Both Nick Pepitone, that was the best outing of the fall he's had. He looked very similar to the guy who had the dominant summer for Team USA. That was exciting to watch Pep throw ground ball after ground ball or get the strikeouts with that power sinker."
Ten of the 15 outs Pepitone recorded were on the ground, with four coming via strikeout and just one, a fly ball to center from sophomore 1B Jamie Bruno, in the air.
Byo was charged with the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, in the third as part of his four innings on the hill. He struck out one and walked none of the 16 batters he faced. Sophomore RHP Ryan Doiron tossed three innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out one.
In the bottom of the third, Green squad freshman LF Greg Miller led off with a single to left field and moved to third on a double by freshman 2B Brian Barry. After an infield ground out, freshman 1B/3B Quinn Pippin bounced back to the mound, and while Miller was retired in a rundown, Pippin alertly scampered down to second to put himself in scoring position. Barry came in to score on a passed ball, and then Mundt delivered an RBI single to center for a 2-0 lead.
"Coach always emphasizes that with men on third, no matter how many outs, put the ball in play and make something happen," Mundt explained. "That's what I was trying to do the whole at bat, and I put it in the right place to get the RBI and put my team ahead."
Byo drilled a two-out triple to right center in the fourth, but Pepitone induced a ground out to escape the jam. The Black Squad put runners on in the fifth, sixth and seventh, but left all three runners stranded.
Green Team coach Jack Cressend pulled out all the stops in the seventh, shuffling his defense with six players changing positions as Fury came in from second base to pitch and record the final out.
Coach Jones turned games four and five into a skins contest, awarding a point to the team which won each inning, rolling over the point if the two teams tied. The winner of the overall seven inning game also earned one point. The Green Team picked up four points in the third inning (the extra point carrying over from the seventh inning of game four), and one for the 2-0 victory to take a 9-6 advantage in points for the two games. The Black team was awarded a 3-0 lead for taking the first three games of the series. The Chad Sutter's Black Squad won the first four games in the series.
In addition to Ryan and Byo each sporting a one-for-three afternoon, freshman SS Garrett Cannizaro also added a double in three trips. Byo led all batters in the Fall World Series with a .385 average (five-for-13) and added a pair of walks and a hit by pitch for a .500 on-base percentage. Cannizaro hit at a .357 clip in the five-game set with a pair of walks.
Tulane Head Coach Rick Jones
"I thought today, again like the rest of the fall, was a pitching dominant ballgame. Both Nick Pepitone, that was the best outing of the fall he's had. He looked very similar to the guy who had the dominant summer for Team USA. That was exciting to watch Pep throw ground ball after ground ball or get the strikeouts with that power sinker. Equally as good was Alex Byo with his sinker. With the exception of that little breakdown in the one inning where he had that passed ball on the sinker that got away, Alex was really impressive. And he also had a hit."
"Gunner Wright swung it again today. And we had some better at bats. Brian Barry had one at bat where he went the other way, so that was good. Cody Robinson looked better today, he had a hit. Garrett Cannizaro with a double off the left field wall. Brennan Middleton laid down a nice drag bunt that was fun to watch. Matt Ryan had a hit. It just felt like we still haven't been able to bunch a lot together, but our pitching was good."
"Ryan Doiron was good. David Napoli came back and threw well and Nate Fury got a big out. The pitching out of the bullpen for Team Green was better than it had been in the past. So we go to work now."
Green Team sophomore DH/1B Karl Mundt
"He threw strikes the whole game, he's a great pitcher. He threw a curve ball that I could hit and coach always emphasizes that with men on third, no matter how many outs, put the ball in play and make something happen. That's what I was trying to do the whole at bat, and I put it in the right place to get the RBI and put my team ahead."