Tulane Sports Information
NEW ORLEANS – A big night at the plate and the mound from junior Andrew Garner allowed Tulane to overcome an early deficit over Southeastern Louisiana, 5-3, at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Tuesday night.
Garner went 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, including one during Tulane’s huge sixth inning, and came to the mound in the ninth to secure Tulane’s victory with his first save on the season.
“Garner’s RBI (in the sixth) stretched that lead for us,” said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. “That was real big.”
Tyler Mapes made his first start and second appearance on the season, going 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. Mapes (1-1) started off shaky, but eventually settled down and led his team to the victory.
“Tyler Mapes was 92 to 94 tonight with a good slider and a changeup, and he was just outstanding,” stated Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. “I debated a little bit about bringing him out in the seventh because he had to sit for so long (during the sixth inning), but his pitch count was down. Long story short, he pitched really well.”
Mapes struck out Southeastern’s (3-1) leadoff hitter, Corey Bryan, to start the game, but he reached first on a passed ball, and eventually came around to score the first run of the game when Harry Slade raked a double to left field. Jesse Burratt, who singled in the first, scored on an Aaron Haag single to go up 2-0 after the first inning.
However, Tulane (3-1) got on the board in the first when senior Brennan Middleton scored from third on a sacrifice fly from senior Sean Potkay after Lions’ starter Kyle Cedotal (1-1) loaded the bases.
Both pitchers settled down shortly thereafter, until Tulane’s bats came alive in the sixth inning. Senior Briggs Barrios led off with a single through the right side, followed by a walk issued to senior Brandon Boudreaux. Barrios moved to third on another Potkay fly out. Cedotal was replaced by the Jason Greenleaf, after 5.1 innings – chalking up two walks and two strikeouts.
Greenleaf immediately gave up a double to senior Garrett Cannizaro, scoring Barrios and moving Boudreaux to third. Garner then laced a double up the middle that scored both base runners. He then came around to score the fifth, and final, run of the game for the Greenies on a double by freshman Tim Yandel.
Mapes allowed one final run in the seventh before being pulled in favor of junior Brady Wilson. He finished the seventh inning, and in the eighth he allowed a bunt single before striking out three straight.
Wilson gave up a single to start the ninth, and then was replaced by Garner – who started the game in left field. He induced a double play during the next at-bat – Tulane’s second of the game – and struck out Gabe Woods looking to end the contest, earning his first save in the process.
“Garner did the same thing tonight that he did for us on Sunday,” added Jones, referencing Garner’s pitching performance during Sunday’s victory over Missouri State. “He kept the lineup from flipping back over again.”
Tonight’s game marked the first of four games the Greenies will play Southeastern this season. Tulane’s all-time series lead over Southeastern is now 72-29.
This weekend, the Green Wave will host their first home weekend series when they welcome Notre Dame to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium from Feb. 22-24.
Todd Graffagnini will have the call for Friday’s contest on Tulane’s new flagship station, WMTI 106.1 FM, beginning at 6:30pm CST. Tim Grubbs will handle play-by-play duties for Saturday’s 2pm tilt, also on 106.1 FM. Graffagnini will return to the booth for Sunday’s contest at noon, broadcast solely through TulaneGreenWave.com for All-Access members. Live stats, video and audio will be made available for all three games through TulaneGreenWave.com to All-Access members.
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