April 11, 2012

Notes and quotes after the Wave's 14-1 rout of Alcorn

Notes, quotes and anecdotes as we recap Tulane's 14-1 victory over hapless Alcorn State on Wednesday night and look ahead to the weekend series at UAB.

1) Tulane (23-10) came within one strike of ended a streak of 72 games without a shutout dating to March 16, 2011 12-0 victory against, you guessed it, Alcorn State.

Alex Byo went seven innings while allowing only three hits, improving to 4-3. Tucker Oakley pitched the eighth, but Andrew Garner could not get out of the ninth unscathed.

Alcorn State begin the inning with a bunt single (that's right, a bunt single) and a single to left that put runners on first and second with no outs. After Garner retired the next two batters, he went to a full count before Dominique Griffith singled sharply to centerfield, driving in the Braves' lone run.

"Their coach looked at me immediately (to apologize for the bunt)," Tulane coach Rick Jones said. "When you're in the kid business, sometimes that's going to happen. You can't anticipate that everybody is going to remember baseball protocol sometimes. There's no big issue. I just looked at him and said don't worry about it."

Garner also received a tough call on one of his two-strike pitches, which looked like it was over the plate.

It is Tulane's longest stretch without a shutout since an 85-game run spanning the end of 2001 (the Wave's first College World Series season) and the beginning of 2002.

2) Andrew Reeves, coming off 3 2/3 innings of no-hit relief against Rice last Thursday, will start Friday for Tulane.

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