April 28, 2012

Green Wave one game away from rare conference sweep

Tulane continued to own East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday, moving to within one game of its first conference sweep in four years.

A strong pitching performance from David Napoli, an early home run by Sean Potkay and some timely late hits gave the Green Wave a 4-2 victory in Greenville, N.C. as it continued to rebound from its own sweep at the hands of UCF last weekend.

Tulane is 11-3 at East Carolina, a perennial NCAA regional participant, since the Pirates joined Conference USA. The Green Wave won all three games in Greenville, N.C. in 2008 - the last time it reached a regional - and has not swept any conference teams since them, at home or away.

Napoli (6-2) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Alex Facundas worked the eighth, and D.J. Ponder earned his second save in as many days, getting a fly out and a grounder after East Carolina put men on first and second base in the ninth.

"(David) Napoli was so good today and his stuff just kept getting better as the game went on," Tulane coach Rick Jones said.

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