2012 Game No. 43
Tulane topples miscue-prone
From staff and electronic reports
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After gifting an unearned run to East Carolina in
the first inning, Tulane tightened the screws and took advantage of the
27th-ranked Pirates' own miscues to claim a 4-1 Conference USA victory
Friday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates' only score came when senior second
baseman Tim Younger reached on a fielding error, dashed to second on a
passed ball and came home on a single by senior third baseman Corey
The Green Wave came up with three scores over the
next two innings to give starter Andrew Reeves (1-1) all the runs he would
need to earn credit for his first triumph of the season.
In the second, Blake Crohan belted a double to
right center, moved to third on a wild pitch by ECU starter Kevin Brandt and
then scored on a single to left by designated hitter Tucker Oakley.
Tulane also benefitted from stray pitches in the
third. With one out, Garrett Cannizaro singled to left and advanced to
third on Nick Schneeberger's single up the middle. A Brandt wild pitch
allowed Cannizaro to score and Schneeberger to take second. Brandt's third
and final wild pitch of the day then allowed Schneeberger to race all the
way home from second.
The Wave added a run in the sixth when Crohan
reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a single by Oakley,
took third on a fly ball and then came home on a fielding error by
A junior righthander, Reeves limited East Carolina
to six hits, a pair of walks and a hit batsman over seven innings.
Senior righthander D.J. Ponder took over in the
eighth after Reeves served up a single to Thompson to lead off the inning.
Ponder promptly retired the Pirates on a fly ball and a double play to end
the frame and followed that by giving up only an infield single in the ninth
to nail down the upset win and pick up the save.
Brandt (5-4) lasted six innings and absorbed the
loss. The senior lefthander gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits
and two walks. Junior righty Andy Smithmyer took over for Brandt to start
the seventh and shut out Tulane the rest of the way, striking out seven and
parceling out four hits in his three innings of work.
The Wave outhit East Carolina 11 to 7. Schneeberger
was 3-for-5 for Tulane and Thompson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Pirates.
The teams meet again on
Saturday (2 p.m.) and conclude their series on Sunday (11:30 a.m.)
BOX SCORE #43
Tulane 4, East Carolina 1
ECU SID GAME STORY
TU SID GAME STORY
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Venue: Clark-LeClair Stadium, Greenville, NC
Records: ECU 27-15-1, 9-6-1 Conference USA;
TU 28-14, 6-7.