2012 Game No. 44
Green Wave sinks Pirates again
From staff and electronic reports
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David Napoli hurled seven steady innings and his
offense eventually came up with enough runs to back him up as Tulane pulled
off its second straight upset of East Carolina Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair
A junior southpaw, Napoli (6-2) surrendered two
runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batsman over seven innings, giving
the Green Wave enough time to establish the lead for good en route to the
4-2 Conference USA victory.
Tulane (29-14, 7-7 C-USA) got on the scoreboard
first when Sean Potkay homered to left center to lead off the second
The Pirates (27-16-1, 9-7-1) responded in the
bottom of the inning with their only two runs of the game when junior
outfielder John Wooten and senior catcher Zach Wright scored on sophomore
first baseman Chase McDonald's single up the middle. Wooten had gotten on
base when he was dinged by Napoli and moved to second on a single to left by
Wright. Wooten and Wright each advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Jack
Reinheimer before coming home on McDonald's hit.
ECU starter Tyler Joyner, a junior leftie,
maintained the 2-1 lead until the sixth when Tulane manufactured a pair of
runs, both unearned, on three hits, an error and a sacrifice fly. Brennan
Middleton singled to left and Brandon Boudreaux reached on an errored
fielder's choice to get the rally going. Garrett Cannizaro followed with a
bunt single to load the bases. Nick Schneeberger's infield single scored
Middleton and pushed Boudreaux and Cannizaro ahead a base. Boudreauz came
home on Jeremy Schaffer's line-out sacrifice fly to left field, which
resulted in a double play when Wooten cut down Cannizaro at second.
Joyner (5-2) was relieved by sophomore
righthander Tanner Merritt after Middleton walked to start the
eighth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Boudreaux.
Middleton moved to third on a groundout and then scored on a
Schneeberger single up the middle. Schneeberger was the only
batter to reach base against Merritt, who got Schaffer on a
popup to end the frame and then retired the Wave in order in the
Alex Facundus and and senior righthander D.J. Ponder each
pitched a shutout inning to close out the triumph for Tulane.
toppled East Carolina 4-2 in Friday's series opener. The
Pirates will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday (11:30 a.m.)
BOX SCORE #44
Tulane 4, East Carolina 2
ECU SID GAME STORY
TU SID GAME STORY
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Venue: Clark-LeClair Stadium, Greenville, NC
Records: ECU 27-16-1, 9-7-1 Conference USA; TU 29-14,