Tulane rebounds with doubleheader sweep of Marshall

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tulane left-hander David Napoli fires a pitch against East Carolina earlier this month. Napoli allowed two runs in 4.1 innings Friday against UAB, and the Blazers later rallied for a 4-2 victory.
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tulane left-hander David Napoli fires a pitch against East Carolina earlier this month. Napoli allowed two runs in 4.1 innings Friday against UAB, and the Blazers later rallied for a 4-2 victory.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a long, laborious 24 hours at Appalachian Power Park, the Tulane baseball team didn’t come away with everything it wanted.

But the Green Wave came close.

Tulane rebounded from a 4-3 loss Friday to notch a doubleheader sweep of Marshall on Saturday, winning the first game 3-2 in 11 innings, then winning the second game 7-3.

After scoring only six runs in the first two games of the series, Tulane (22-22, 7-8) scored six runs in the final three innings of the series finale against the Thundering Herd Marshall (16-26, 5-10).

Two of Tulane’s runs were scored by Andrew Garner, who went 4-for-4 at the plate and came on in relief, notching a save.

“Our kids showed some grit and some resolve today after two straight close losses,” Tulane coach Rick Jones said. “I thought (starting pitcher) David Napoli gave us another great performance, and Andrew Garner had a huge weekend at the plate for us, and followed that up with his performance on the mound today. Brennan Middleton and Nick DiMaggio hit very well for us today, too. And you can’t discount how Cameron Burns caught all weekend for us. Today puts us in a better situation in the league, and it gives us something to build on.”

Sunday marked Tulane’s first doubleheader sweep of a Conference USA opponent since 2008, when the Wave took back-to-back games against East Carolina.

Napoli (4-2) lasted 6.2 innings in Saturday’s finale. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks. He had five strikeouts.

Napoli gave way to Garner, who threw the final 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Garrett Cannizaro was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Middleton was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Tulane trailed 2-1 after six innings, but broke loose after that, scoring three runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth.