Reeves Martin ties program saves record as Privateers defeat South Alabama
NEW ORLEANS – Reeves Martin nailed the door shut to tie the program saves record as the New Orleans Privateers (12-7) got five scoreless innings from the bullpen in a 7-5 win over the South Alabama Jaguars (10-8) on Tuesday at Maestri Field.
Martin struck out the side in the ninth inning. He got Kaleb DeLaTorre, Carter Perkins, and Wells Davis to notch his 18th save, which tied him for the program’s all-time lead with Ryan O’Shea. The save was also Martin’s sixth of the year which leads the Southland.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Ethan Wilson delivered a lead-off homer to dead center to put the Jaguars on top in the first. However, New Orleans scored six straight runs in response to chase starter, Patrick McBride (0-1). The Privateers got runs in on an RBI single from Jorge Tejeda and a sac fly from Darren Willis.
New Orleans added a four-spot in the third that started with a triple on a fly ball from Salo Iza that started the big inning off. When the dust settled, the Privateers enjoyed a 6-1 lead heading into the fifth. However, the Jaguars rallied back to tighten up the score with a four-run inning of their own. DeLaTorre delivered the biggest shot of the inning with a three-run homer.
From there, the Privateer bullpen settled things down. Mathew Oset (3-1), who picked up the win, battled through two scoreless innings. John Barr took over from there and recovered from a leadoff double in the seventh to throw up the first of two zeros on the board. Barr struck out three batters in his two innings of work.
INSIDE THE BOX
The Privateers out-hit South Alabama 11-9. Luther Woullard went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs. Tresten Kennard added two hits, two RBI, and two runs. Antonio Gauthier collected two hits and two RBI. The Privateers had four extra base hits on the night and went to 8-0 on the season when leading after eight innings.
FROM COACH DEAN
“Those have been our go-to guys with Oset, Barr, and Martin. When you get a lead we don’t give it up often especially with those guys. Bailey also went four innings and gave us a chance there.”
“It was a great job by Gauthier and Tejeda. Those guys are young and they’re who we’re looking to build the future of this program around. That two-run hit by Gauthier was hit. We swung the bats respectably tonight.”
“What Reeves has done in that closing role has been magnificent. He holds himself to a high standard. He tied a record and I’d say he’ll pass it shortly. He’s the type of guy when he walks in your heart rate goes down and he’s the guy we believe in and we motivate ourselves behind him.”
FROM REEVES MARTIN
“It’s awesome to tie this record and get it out of the way early in the season, but I don’t get those opportunities without guys like Oset, Barr, and our bullpen who do what they’ve been doing this year.”
“I figured I was going to face all lefties so in the pen I was getting the high fastball and breaking ball going. The plan of attack worked for three punch outs and we went home with the win tonight.”
“We’ve had some young arms who have taken over and once I realized I was going to be in the back end of the pen, this was a record that’s been on my mind and one I want to pass. That means we’re winning ball games so it’s good all around.”
The Privateers will face South Alabama in the return trip to Mobile on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Both starters are yet to be announced.
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