Tulane baseball team tops Alabama again, 6-2

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Another outstanding pitching performance, this time from Alex Byo, and a huge day at the plate from Sean Potkay lifted Tulane’s baseball team to a 6-2 victory over Alabama on Saturday in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Byo (1-1), a senior from Parkview Baptist, struck out six over 7.1 innings, allowing only two earned runs and giving Tulane (6-5) its second straight victory over Alabama (7-3).

“Alex Byo was just outstanding,” Tulane coach Rick Jones said. “Just outstanding. He commanded all three pitches, and he kept the Alabama hitters off stride through a majority of the day.”

For the second straight game, Tulane had 11 hits, led by Potkay’s 3-for-4 outing that included his first home run of the season — a two-run shot — and two run-scoring doubles. Freshman Tim Yandel and senior Brennan Middleton went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Potkay’s RBI double gave the Wave a 1-0 lead in the first, but Alabama’s Ben Moore tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning before Byo got in a groove. After Kyle Overstreet reached on Tulane’s lone error in the bottom of the second, Byo went on to retire the next nine batters he faced.

Potkay’s two-run, opposite field home run against Jay Keller (2-1), who struck out 11, gave Tulane a 3-1 lead in the third.

“Sean Potkay had a big day for us, no question about that,” Jones said. “His home run for us was huge.”

Tulane added three more runs in the seventh, all after two outs, on a bases-loaded wild pitch coupled with an error and then Potkay’s RBI double.