Jan. 31, 2009
New Orleans-The Tulane baseball team is slated to take Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for the first official practice of the 2009 season Sunday, beginning at 12PM, head coach Rick Jones announced. The Green Wave, which finished the 2008 campaign with a 39-22-1 record that included a trip to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, will also hold an intrasquad contest following the day's drills.
Tulane returns 21 lettermen from last year's team and adds eight newcomers. Of the returning players, the Green Wave brings back 10 pitchers, giving the staff a depth that will figure to be an asset over the course of the 55-scheduled game season. Throwing from the bump will be experienced-laden arms with the coaches looking to Matt Petiton and Robby Broach to take on starting duties. Also stepping into impact roles will be veteran hurlers Josh Zeid, Taylor Rogers, Drew Zizinia, and Aaron Loup. Nick Pepitone, Preston Claiborne and Mason Griffin will take on closer responsibilities.
Joining the veteran hurlers are six returning starters in the field, including 2008 Freshman All-American and All-Conference selection Rob Segedin, who will handle duties at third base. Segedin batted .322 (233 at bats) in 2008, while recording 18 doubles and drawing 30 walks. He also performed well on the hill for the Green Wave, appearing in 14 games and striking out 21 batters in 19.1 innings pitched. He was also named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Preseason Watch List, along with senior Seth Henry. Henry finished the 2008 season with a .319 batting average that included seven homeruns, four triples and 18 doubles (.524 slugging percentage). Henry also posted 54 RBI and a played solid defense for the Wave, tallying 107 putouts while playing second base and shortstop. Rounding out the defense will be returners Jared Dyer (catcher), Sam Honeck (1B), Drew Allain (RF) and Andrew Rodgers (LF).
Rounding out the freshman class are infielders Jamie Bruno (Mandeville, La./Mandeville, HS) and Evan Mistich (Houma, La./Vandebilt Catholic), in addition to right-handed pitchers Ryan Doiron (Lake Charles, La./Barbe HS), Ross Hardy (Mandeville, La./Mandeville HS) and D.J. Ponder (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic HS). Max MacArthur-Ricciuti (Newton, Mass./Newton North) is the lone freshman southpaw on the staff while Jeremy Schaffer (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS)will represent the newest Green Wave class behind the dish.
Beginning Monday, February 2, the Wave will begin weekday afternoon workouts starting at 2:15PM.