March 11, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - After facing High Point - a team that Tulane had never squared off against before the weekend - the Greenies will take to the diamond on Tuesday and Wednesday to face a well-known foe in the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.
Tuesday's contest will take place at 6pm CST at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, La. The two squads will take the trip back to New Orleans to battle it out at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for a 6:30pm CST contest on Wednesday.
The two midweek games will mark the second and third time the teams will have played this season. The Green Wave defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 5-3, on Feb. 19 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will meet again on Tulane's turf on April 30.
"Southeastern is 10-5, and they are playing really well," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "Two of their assistants are former players of mine in Daniel Latham and Matt Riser. I know a lot of our fans will travel up to Hammond for the game before we both come back down to our field on Wednesday. It's going to be a challenge for us, though. This will be the third week in a row that we'll play five games for about a month. This is a week that will really test us, but it won't be the end-all in terms of what kind of a club we are."
The Green Wave currently sit at 9-8 on the season, taking two of three games from High Point this past weekend - including a 12 inning, 11-10 victory on Sunday. Tulane used six pitchers in that contest, meaning they will rely heavily on their starters to go deep in to the contests against Southeastern Louisiana.
On Tuesday, Tulane named redshirt sophomore Randy LeBlancas the starting pitcher. LeBlanc will make his second start on the season, after starting last Wednesday against Northwestern State. In that game, the Abita Springs, La., native pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out two. However, he was credited with the loss, as he gave up three runs as the Demons took the second game of a two-game midweek series from the Green Wave, 5-1. LeBlanc made one other appearance on the season, pitching 1.1 innings in relief in the Sunday game during the Alabama series. On the year, LeBlanc has posted a 3.86 ERA, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out three in seven innings.
Southeastern Louisiana will send left-handed freshman Kyle Cedotal to the mound on Tuesday. Cedotal was credited with his first collegiate loss during the last matchup between the two squads. On Feb. 19, Cedotal went 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs, while striking out two. On the season, Cedotal holds a 3.77 ERA and a 2-2 record. He has pitched 14.1 innings, notching eight walks and strikeouts. Opponents are batting only .200 against him.
Neither squad has named a starter for Wednesday night's contest.
After a slow start to the season at the plate, Tulane is now batting .250 on the year, after notching 44 hits over the last week. While senior Brennan Middleton's 14-game hitting streak came to a halt on Saturday, he has still posted a .377 average on the year to go along with a Conference USA-best 26 hits. Senior Sean Potkay has upped his batting average tremendously, hitting at a clip of .304. Freshman Tim Yandel had a huge weekend for the Green Wave, and his season numbers of .269 and 14 hits should continue to rise over the course of the season. He may see time at third base, as senior Garrett Cannizaromissed his first games of the season on Saturday and Sunday with an injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
While he hasn't started much against left-handed pitching this season, Richard Carthonmay see time tomorrow in either a starting role or in a pinch hitting situation after going 5-for-6 with three RBIs on Sunday for the Greenies. In 31 at-bats on the year, the freshman from Shreveport, La., has a batting average of .323.
Due to the volume of pitchers used on Sunday, Tulane may not dip into their bullpen often. But if needed, they may be able to rely on junior Andrew Garner, who has posted three saves on the season. Garner also starts in the outfield, and he has 14 RBIs at the plate - tied for third in the conference. Junior Brady Wilson got the start for the Greenies on Sunday, but could be used if necessary, as could freshman Ian Gibaut, who was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week today for his one-win, two-save effort last week.
Southeastern is 10-5 on the campaign, losing to Troy, 3-1, on Sunday after posting back-to-back wins over Hartford on Friday and Saturday. Last week, the Lions travelled to northern Mississippi to play Ole Miss, who is currently in the top ten in most major polls. The Lions lost 2-0 and 6-2 to the Rebels.
As a team, the Lions are hitting .247. At the dish, Harry Slade is batting at a .412 clip, with three doubles and nine RBI. Right behind him is Brett Hoffman, who is hitting .333 with three RBI. The Lions have only posted two home runs on the season - one each from Aaron Haag and Tanner Rainey.
The Lions' pitching staff holds an ERA of 3.18, striking out 99 while walking 46. Opponents are batting .254 against them.
Jay Artigues' is the skipper of the Lions. In his eighth year, Artigues has a record of 250-169.
Tulane extended their all-time series lead on Southeastern Louisiana last month with a win, pushing the lead to 72-29. However, Tulane hasn't won in Hammond in quite some time. The last victory over the Lions on the road was on March 13, 2002, when Tulane defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 6-1.
Both games will be broadcast on Tulane's flagship station, 106.1 The Ticket. Live stats will be made available at TulaneGreenWave.com for both contests.
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