Feb. 19, 2009
New Orleans- Tulane Baseball starts up Friday night with the season opener against the Le Moyne Dolphins (Syracuse, N.Y.), beginning at 6PM at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Friday evening affair will be the first of four against the Dolphins and also marks the beginning of a 15-game home stand for Tulane. A Mardi Gras theme will be prominent on opening night with a New Orleans brass band playing in front of the stadium and the first 1,500 fans will receive green and white beads to commemorate the opening of the 2009 season. The Green Wave is coming off a 2008 season that saw the team post its 15th consecutive winning season at 39-22-1 with a 13-9-1 showing in Conference USA. The 2008 club returned to post-season NCAA Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla., after just missing the tournament in 2007. The Green Wave ran into a hot Florida State Seminoles team, falling just three games shy of a trip to Omaha.
Tulane returns 20 lettermen, including 10 seniors and seven juniors, from last year's team and adds eight newcomers. Sophomore Rob Segedin is the team's top returning hitter, after batting .322 with 18 doubles, six home runs and 59 RBI in 2008. Senior infielder Seth Henry also returns after posting a .319 average in 2008, along with 18 doubles, 54 RBI and seven home runs. Other returning position players are seniors Sam Honeck (1B), Andrew Rodgers (LF), Scott Powell (CF), Drew Allain (RF), Jared Dyer (C), and junior Josh Prince (SS).
"Le Moyne has had a lot of success," said head coach Rick Jones. "They are extremely well-coached and a very aggressive team. It will be a good opening weekend challenge for us."
Like the Green Wave, Le Moyne will open its 2009 season on Friday. Last season, the Dolphins went 33-21 under head coach Steve Owens. Le Moyne returns 17 lettermen, including five positional starters and nine pitchers, from last year’s squad.
Headlining the list are outfielder Chris Edmondson (.367, 14 HR, 64 RBI) and catcher Chris Haynes (.353, 7 HR, 33 RBI). On the mound, Cory Nelson, who posted three wins in 51.0 innings of work, returns to the club along with Luke Nellis, a junior who went 5-6 last year with six saves.
This weekend’s series will mark the first-ever meetings between Tulane and Le Moyne on the diamond, with a double header on Saturday beginning at 12PM and a final showdown on Sunday at 1PM. First pitch Friday night is at 6PM. A "Mardi Gras Special" ticket package is being offered for $20.00 and provides a ticket to both Saturday baseball games, the women's and men's basketball games also held Saturday at Fogelman Arena, as well as Sunday's baseball game.
Parking for the weekend baseball series will be available in the new Claiborne Lot located just behind the outfield wall. Fans can access the lot off of Claiborne Avenue traveling eastbound and limited single-game parking is available for $5.00. The City of New Orleans does not permit parking on the Claiborne neutral ground nor in any designated no-parking area and fans are encouraged to obey parking restrictions.
Single-game and partial season ticket packages are currently available by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283) or by visiting TulaneGreenWave.com. Highlighting the ticket options are two $99 mini-packages. The Tulane ‘Pick 10’ is a 10-game special that includes the LSU and UNO games. Also available for $99 is an 11-game ticket package that includes tickets to Conference USA match ups. Additionally, reduced single-game tickets are available starting as low as $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth. For the first time, the "Floor De Lis" Family 4 Pack is being offered which features 2 adult tickets, 2 youth tickets, and 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks. Suite and party area rentals are also available by calling 861-WAVE.