Sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon is leading the Green Wave with a .344 batting average
March 17, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - For the first time this season, the Tulane baseball team will play five games this week, beginning with a Tuesday home game against Southeastern Louisiana at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, followed by a cross-town contest against New Orleans at Maestri Field on Wednesday for the First NBC Bank Cup.
Both games are slated to begin at 6:30pm CT. Fans can follow live stats on TulaneGreenWave.com for each contest. Both tilts will also be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.
Tulane is returning to New Orleans after a three-game Conference USA swing out in Greenville, N.C., this past weekend against East Carolina. The Green Wave took the first game of the series, despite facing a potential-first round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft in ECU's Jeff Hoffman. However, Tulane dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, losing the series to ECU for the first time on the road in Tulane history.
Overall, the Green Wave are 10-8 on the season. As a team, Tulane is hitting .253 at the dish, led by sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon's .344 average. Three other everyday players in senior designated hitter Andrew Garner (.311), junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp (.308) and freshman third baseman Hunter Hope (.306) are all hitting over .300. Freshman second baseman Jake Willsey has stepped up to the challenge as of late, and is hitting .389 after starting the last four games.
Deschamp is tied for the league lead in RBI with 23. Carthon leads the team in runs with 16. Garner hit his third home run of the season this past weekend, giving him the team-lead, and also already marking the most the senior has ever had in a single season at Tulane.
On Tuesday, the Green Wave will welcome two former players back to their alma mater, as Southeastern Louisiana are led by former Green Wave outfielder Matt Riser, who is in his first year as head skipper of the Lions. Riser's pitching coach is Daniel Latham, who owns the Tulane saves record with 43.
Southeastern Louisiana is 11-8 on the season, and this past weekend, the Lions took two of three from Southland Conference rival Lamar. During midweek play last week, the Lions split two games with nationally ranked Ole Miss.
On the season, Southeastern Louisiana is hitting .278 as a team. Jameson Fisher paces the squad with a .426 average. Sam Roberson is batting just five points behind Fisher, but has only played in six contests this year. Andrew Godbold (.348) and Jacob Williams (.308) are the other everyday heavy hitters. As a team, the Lions have swiped 37 bases through just 19 games, with Williams leading the way with eight.
Tulane will use freshman righty Corey Merrill to combat the Lions' hitters. Merrill has started two contests, while making two more appearances out of the bullpen, on the season. The Lutcher product is 0-0 with a 4.76 record in 11.1 innings of work. He has fanned nine batters, including four in a relief appearance against Sacred Heart on March 3.
Southeastern will send right-handed senior Sean Kennel to the mound on Tuesday. Kennel, a Slidell, La., native, has made five appearances on the year with three starts, throwing 20.1 innings and striking out 15. He owns a 1-2 record and a 3.10 ERA.
Tulane leads the all-time series against Southeastern, 75-30.
Before the game against Southeastern Louisiana, the Louisiana SPCA will be coming to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium with dogs for potential adoption. They will also be accepting donations in the form of money, unused toys and unopened containers of treats. The Louisiana SPCA will be there from 5:30pm CT through the end of the first inning.
It will also be $2 Tuesday at the ballpark on March 18, with select concession items just two bucks. The Cane's Challenge for Tuesday will be four runs for the Green Wave. Should Tulane score four runs in the contest, fans can bring their ticket stub to Cane's for a Buy One, Get One Free box the following day. Tickets for the game are just $5.
Tulane women's head tennis coach Terri Sisk will be throwing out the first pitch for the contest.
Fans can also donate money to the Vs. Cancer Foundation through the third inning inside the gates of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. On Sunday, March 23, following the series finale against Middle Tennessee, the Tulane baseball team will shave their heads near their dugout alongside other Tulane student-athletes to help raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer through the Vs. Cancer Foundation. For more information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, please visit www.vs-cancer.org.
Following Tuesday's contest, the Green Wave will head across town to the newly renovated Ron Maestri Field for a game in the long-running series for the First NBC Bank Cup against UNO. Tulane currently owns the cup, having taken three of four from the Privateers during last year's series.
Neither team has named a starting pitcher for the contest yet.
UNO is 4-12 so far this season, and the Privateers were swept by Southland Conference opponent Sam Houston State this past weekend during the opening of their newly renovated ballpark. Prior to that series, UNO dropped two of three to Troy. New Orleans also has wins over Southern and South Alabama and Texas Southern.
The Privateers are hitting .242 as a team, led by Reese Kanter's .321 average. Hezekiah Randolph is batting .320, while Samuel Capielano is the only other hitter over .300 with an average of .311. Randolph owns three of the team's five home runs, while Capielano leads the team with 10 runs.
UNO's team ERA is 4.28, and the pitching staff has just 79 strikeouts to 70 walks on the year. Opponents are hitting .266 against them.
Former Tulane baseball player James Jurries is the hitting coach at UNO. Jurries left Tulane prior to the start of the 2013 season to join the Privateer's staff after spending 2011 and 2012 in his alma mater's colors. UNO is skippered by the namesake of their field, who returned to the dugout after a 28-year hiatus.
Tulane owns the overall series against UNO, 76-59.
For more information on tickets, fans can call 504-861-WAVE (9283), or they may visit the James W. Wilson, Jr., Center's first floor ticket office.
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