Tulane Faces Southeastern Louisiana in Home Opener on Tuesday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior Sean Potkay collected five walks during Tulane's opening weekend
Senior Sean Potkay collected five walks during Tulane's opening weekend

Feb. 18, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - Tulane will face the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Tuesday at 6:30pm CST at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium - the Green Wave's first home game of the 2013 campaign.

"Southeastern is an excellent program that had and outstanding opening weekend," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "They are going to be a great challenge for us, as always."

The Greenies will send junior Tyler Mapes to the mound, after he pitched a third of an inning in relief on Saturday, being credited with the loss against Texas State. Southeastern Louisiana will rely on lefty Kyle Cedotal to get the job done from the mound. Cedotal was credited with the win during Southeastern's 5-3 victory over UT-Martin on Feb. 16. In that game, Cedotal threw two innings in relief, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two.

Tulane (2-1) opened the season at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos, Texas, where they were crowned champions by winning two of the three games on the weekend. The Greenies defeated Sam Houston State, 2-0, behind Tony Rizzotti's complete game, one-hit shutout last Friday. They lost their second tilt, 6-4, against Texas State despite Alex Byo's seven strikeout performance. On Sunday, Tulane's bats caught fire as they collected 14 hits in a 6-4 victory of Missouri State.

At the plate, Tulane collected 21 hits this past weekend, with 14 of them coming during Sunday's contest against Missouri State. Seniors Brandon Boudreaux and Brennan Middleton lead the team with three hits apiece. Senior Sean Potkay notched five walks in the first three games.

Senior outfielder Blake Crohan injured his shoulder during an at-bat during Friday's contest. To adjust for Crohan's injury, Boudreaux should see time in centerfield, and Briggs Barrios, Andrew Garner and Richard Carthon will split time in the other two outfield positions.

Southeastern Louisiana has a perfect record on the young season, notching three straight wins over UT-Martin this past weekend. Ben Hernandez leads the squad with a .714 batting average after collecting five hits and scoring five runs during the opening series. Harry Slade registered seven hits in the three games for a .583 batting average.

The Lions' head coach is Jay Artigues, who is in his eighth season with the program, holds a career record of 243-164. His two top assistants - Daniel Latham and Matt Riser - both played at Tulane under Jones. Latham is Tulane's all-time saves leader with 43, and is second in appearances with 122.

The Green Wave holds a commanding lead in the all-time series against the Lions, going 71-29. The two squads faced each other three times in 2012, with Tulane winning each contest. Their last tilt was on April 17 of last season when Tulane defeated the Lions, 7-3, behind former Greenie Nick Schneeberger's three-RBI performance.

Following Tuesday's contest, the Green Wave will host their first home weekend series when they welcome Notre Dame to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium from Feb. 22-24.

Fans can tune into Tulane's new flagship station, WMTI 106.1 FM, for Tuesday's broadcast, and live video and audio will be made available through TulaneGreenWave.com to All-Access members. Live stats will also be made available through TulaneGreenWave.com.

For tickets to that game, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

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