Feb. 18, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave opens its 103rd season of collegiate baseball this weekend with a three-game series against Boston College at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Friday's opener will begin with the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday's first pitch is set for 1 p.m.
New Orleans-based singer, songwriter, fiddler and actress Amanda Shaw will deliver the national anthem on Friday, while Pete Carmichael, the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, will deliver the first pitch on Saturday. On Sunday, kids can come on the field during the national anthem before the game and return to the diamond following the game to run the bases.
Todd Graffagnini, the voice of the Green Wave, will open his 19th season of calling the action on the radio/internet. Tulane will have a new home on the radio this season as WIST AM 690 begins its first season as the flagship station for Wave baseball. Fan who cannot attend the opener may watch the game online via the All-Access package at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
The Wave posted its 16th consecutive winning season in 2009 with a mark of 34-25, including a record of 24-13 on its home diamond. Tulane returns 13 lettermen, including eight starters, from last year's team and adds 17 newcomers. Sophomore catcher Jeremy Schaffer is the team's top returning hitter after batting .311 with eight doubles, three triples, 15 home runs and 56 RBI in 2009. Other returning position starters are infielders redshirt sophomore Rob Segedin, sophomores Jamie Bruno and Matt Ryan, along with catcher redshirt sophomores Karl Mundt.
Tulane's starting pitchers returning this season are junior Conrad Flynn and senior Matt Petiton. Flynn started 14 games and was 8-3 with a 3.93 ERA and a .267 opponent batting average and led the club with 58 strikeouts and 87.0 innings pitched.
Like the Green Wave, Boston College will open its 2010 season on Friday. The Eagles were 34-26 a year ago, 13-15 in Atlantic Coast Conference play and were 15-11 overall on the road. BC advanced to its first NCAA postseason since 1967, where the Eagles fell at the Austin Regional to Texas and Army on consecutive days.
The Eagles return junior INF Mickey Wiswall who batted .320 and led the team with 14 homers and 63 RBI from the clean-up spot, while junior LHP Pat Dean will anchor the team in the No. 1 weekend slot. He went 6-4 last year with a 3.30 ERA. He struck out 90 batters and walked just 16.
This weekend's series will mark the first-ever meeting between Tulane and Boston College.
Friday's starters on the mound will be junior right-hander Conrad Flynn for Tulane and Pat Dean, a left-handed pitcher for Boston College.
On Saturday, TU senior lefty Matt Petiton and BC right-hander Mike Dennhardt will each earn the nod on the hill of their respective teams.
Junior right-hander Robbie Broach is slated to make his first start since 2008 on Sunday. Broach missed the entire 2009 campaign with an injury. Boston College's start is to be determined.
For ticket information to this weekend and future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE or go on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
PITCHING ROTATION* Friday, Feb. 19 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Conrad Flynn R/R 3.93 8-3 14/14 87.0 91 47 38 7 58 BC - Pat Dean L/L 3.30 6-4 18/15 95.1 109 44 35 16 90 Saturday, Feb. 20 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Matt Petiton L/L 5.13 5-3 15/10 66.2 71 42 38 23 45 BC - Mike Dennhardt R/R 4.96 5-2 15/10 52.2 50 35 29 26 44 Sunday, Feb. 21 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Robby Broach** R/R 5.15 5-2 16/10 57.2 67 36 33 28 49 BC - TBA -/- ------ --- ---- ---- -- -- -- -- -- *all stats from 2009 season ** Did not play in 2009; 2008 stats