HPU baseball evens series with Tulane
Redshirt-junior Sean Townsley held Tulane to just two hits and one run over eight innings to help the High Point University baseball team pick up a 4-2 win over the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon in New Orleans. The win evens the series between HPU and Tulane at a game apiece.
“I have really liked the way that we have played in our last three games,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “We have played errorless baseball in both games of this series and our starting pitching has been outstanding. Sean Townsley was special today, coming into a place like this and limiting them to two hits in eight innings. Now we are in position to win the series and that is what we want to come out tomorrow and do.”
The Panthers improved to 7-8. The Green Wave falls to 8-8.
Townsley turned in his best start of the season, pitching eight innings of two-hit baseball to improve to 2-0 on the season. The left hander allowed just one earned run while striking out five Tulane batters.
Tulane’s only run of the game came in the bottom of the second inning on a groundout to third by Tim Yandel which put the Green Wave in front, 1-0.
The Panthers came right back with two runs in the next half inning to take a 2-1 lead on back-to-back sacrifice flies by senior Devin Bujnovsky and sophomore Josh Spano.
High Point added a run to its lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by graduate student Adam Barry. Senior Sean Wilson reached base with a fielder’s choice then stole second ahead of Barry. The third baseman hit a single up the middle to drive in Wilson and put HPU ahead 3-1.
Bujnovsky picked up his second RBI of the game in the next inning with a single up the middle to put the Panthers ahead, 4-1.
Spano finished the game 0-3 with an RBI, ending his 13-game hitting streak.
Tulane’s Alex Byo took the loss in a complete-game effort. Byo pitched nine innings and allowed four runs, one earned on eight hits and a walk. The right hander struck out four HPU batters in the game.
High Point and Tulane will meet for the rubber match of the three-game series today at 2 p.m. EDT. Senior Jared Avidon will get the start for HPU as the Panthers go for the series win.
PANTHERS FALL DESPITE NEWBERRY’S COMPLETE GAME
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Senior Jacob Newberry turned in the second-straight complete game for the High Point University baseball team in a tight 3-2 loss to Tulane on Friday night in New Orleans, La. Newberry threw eight innings and allowed just eight hits in the contest.
“You have to make your own breaks on the road and we didn’t do that,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “We had opportunities and got out quick but we didn’t do much from there. I am pleased that we pitched well and played some pretty good defense. Tulane is a very good team and little things show up on the road against a good team.”
Newberry scattered eight hits and a walk over his eight innings of work on Friday while also striking out five. The senior right hander allowed just three runs in the hard-luck loss.
The game turned in the bottom of the sixth inning when the umpires reversed a call that would have ended the inning and the Green Wave took advantage, scoring the go-ahead run. Garner hit a grounder up the middle that senior Willie Medina fielded and threw to first. The throw forced senior Ryan Retz to reach to his right, but the first baseman appeared to keep his foot on the bag as the runner was called out. The umpire crew met following an appeal from the Tulane coach and reversed the call, forcing Newberry and the HPU defense to come back out on the field.
Following the reversal, Tulane loaded the bases with a single by Blake Crohan and a walk by Garrett Cannizaro. The Green Wave’s Tim Yandall then put Tulane ahead with a two-strike single up the middle to make the score 3-2.
The Panthers were aggressive early in the game, swinging early in the count against Tulane starter Tony Rizzotti and the strategy paid off with four hits and two runs in the first inning. Sophomore Josh Spano hit a two-out single up the middle which was then followed by a single to center by freshman Brett Gemmell. With two on and two out Retz hit a towering double off the left-center wall to drive in both runners, giving HPU the early 2-0 lead. Rizzotti had allowed just 10 hits in his first three starts of the season before giving up four in the first inning to High Point.
Tulane tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run single by Cannizaro. The Green Wave put the first two runners on in the inning with a hit batter and a single by Garner. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Cannizaro hit a single back up the middle to drive in the pair.
Rizzotti got the win for Tulane after pitching eight innings and allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Ian Gibaut earned the save for the Green Wave with a scoreless ninth.
Retz had a strong game for the Panthers, going 3-4 at the plate and driving in both HPU runs. Spano extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his first-inning single.