Tulane Sports Information
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It was the long ball that provided almost all of the offense for the Tulane baseball on Sunday (April 1) in their 7-3 victory over Memphis, but it was Kyle McKenzie that preserved that lead out of the bullpen to help the Green Wave claim a series win over the Tigers.
McKenzie allowed just three base runners in five and two-thirds innings to pick up his second win of the season, while Brandon Boudreaux and Garrett Cannizaro each left the ballpark.
“We had some timely hits today,” said head coach Rick Jones, “but today the key was Kyle (McKenzie)..he really pitched well. He had dominant stuff today and there are not many guys going to get to him when he is throwing like that. His fastball was in the 90’s, he had a really good breaking ball, with depth, and he commanded it well. He threw (the curveball) for strikes and he buried it when he needed to. He has really commanded both of his pitches in his last two games and you saw today what he can do when he (has command).”
The scoring started in the second inning when the Green Wave tacked on five runs against Memphis (12-16, 2-4 C-USA) starting pitcher Chase Joiner. With one out in the frame, Sean Potkay walked, Briggs Barrios singled and Brennan Middleton was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bowen Woodson worked a walk in the next at-bat, forcing a run across, and Brandon Boudreaux followed with his second home run of the season for his first career grand slam.
With the Tulane (19-8, 2-1 C-USA) leading 5-0, the Tigers got on the board with three runs of their own against Andrew Reeves who got the start on the mound for TU. The first two hitters reached base before Reeves got a line out off the bat of Eli Hynes, but Jacob Wilson followed with a double to right center – scoring both runners. Wilson advanced to third on the throw from the outfield and eventually scored on a throwing error by Jeremy Schaffer to end the play and cut the Tulane lead to 5-3.
Kyle McKenzie entered the game after Reeves surrendered a single to Carter White and got a pop out and a strikeout to end the third inning. McKenzie cruised through the three innings, retiring nine straight batters, before running into some trouble in the seventh. The Tigers posted back-to-back singles to start the seventh, before Nick Schneeberger made an unbelievable diving catch down the right field line for the first out. The runners advanced to second and third on the play, but McKenzie would get a strikeout and lineout to hold Memphis off the scoreboard.
Garrett Cannizaro provided the offense for the Olive and Blue in the middle inning as the junior collected solo home runs in the fifth inning and seventh inning to extend the lead to 7-3. It is the first multi-home run game of his career and he has now tied his career high with three home runs this season.
McKenzie entered in the third inning, throwing five and two-thirds innings and allowing just three base runners – two hits and a walk – before handing the ball to D.J. Ponder with a runner on first and no outs in the ninth. Ponder got a strikeout and a line-drive double play ball to Potkay at first base to end the game. McKenzie fanned two batters and didn’t surrender a run to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Cannizaro led the way with his first career multi-home run game and ended the day two-for-five with two runs scored and two RBIs. Boudreaux had two hits, as well, and led all players with four RBIs. Barrios chipped in two hits and Potkay posted a hit and added two walks in the contest.
Tulane begins a busy two week stretch and will play the first of six straight games at home when they entertain Alcorn State on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30. The Green Wave will then host a three game series with Rice starting on Thursday, April 5 and running through Saturday, April 7. Games will be played at 6:30, 6:30 and 1:00 on the Turf at Turchin.