March 20, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University baseball team will play its final non-league weekend of the 2008 season beginning Friday, March 21, when the Green Wave play host to the Sacred Heart Pioneers at 6 p.m. at the new Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
With an eye on the start of the Conference USA portion of the schedule next week at UAB, the Green Wave are looking to fine tune their collective game in preparation of getting off to a hot start in conference play. Tulane and Sacred Heart, meanwhile, will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
"Between now and next weekend, we want to try and establish as close to we can to a set lineup and also establish a where we are as far as our rotation for the weekend going into conference play," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Neither of those two are 100 percent established right now."
All three games will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and live video streaming is available on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to registered members of the All-Access Pass. Live stats, meanwhile, are available for free on the official website of Tulane Athletics via GameTracker.
Tulane enters the weekend 13-6 on the year and looking to bounce back from a tough 7-5 loss to LSU Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium.
As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .288 with a .437 slugging percentage on the strength of 31 doubles, eight triples and 17 home runs. Junior catcher Jared Dyer leads the team with a .350 batting average while freshman third baseman Rob Segedin and junior outfielder Warren McFadden follow with respective marks of .333 and .327. Junior designated hitter Andrew Rodgers paces the club with four home runs, Segedin leads the way in RBI with 19 and junior centerfielder Aja Barto is 9-for-10 in stolen bases.
Sacred Heart, meanwhile, comes to town 1-13 on the year and looking to snap a four-game losing streak after dropping three games last weekend and falling to UConn, 7-2, on Tuesday.
As a team, the Pioneers are hitting .213 with a .271 slugging percentage courtesy of 13 doubles and four home runs. Jeff Hanson leads Sacred Heart with a .333 batting average while Phil Tantillo and MJ. Schifano are next with marks of .269 and .222, respectively. Hanson and Paul Schmidt share the team home run lead with two each, Schmidt paces the club with seven RBI, and trio of Hanson, Justin Mulrain and Jeff Bardini have two stolen bases apiece.
From the mound, Sacred has a 7.70 ERA and has allowed opponents to connect at a .321 clip. The Pioneer hurlers have combined for 66 strikeouts and 74 walks in 111.0 innings of work. Ryan Lynch paces the club with a 3.38 ERA, Matt Fitton leads the way with a .259 opponent batting average, Chris Barthel headlines the staff with 12 strikeouts, and Jared Balbach has a team-best 16.1 innings. Barthel has the team's lone save this season, and shares team-high appearance honors at five along with Chris Zaccherio and Nick Oswald.
This weekend's series marks the first time Tulane and Scared Heart will meet on the diamond. In fact, Friday's series opener marks the first time the Green Wave will play any member of the Northeast Conference in baseball.
For ticket information to any of the weekend's games, or for future Green Wave athletic events, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE or go on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
PITCHING ROTATION Friday, March 21 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Shooter Hunt R/R 0.67 3-0 4/4 27.0 8 2 2 12 37 SH - Ryan Lynch R/R 3.38 0-2 3/3 16.0 21 7 6 9 3 Saturday, March 22 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Aaron Loup L/L 3.86 1-1 5/4 23.1 21 11 10 7 15 SH - Jack Wagoner R/R 6.75 0-2 4/2 12.0 16 20 9 7 10 Sunday, March 23 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Robby Broach R/R 3.97 2-1 4/4 22.2 27 10 10 10 13 SH - Jared Balbach L/L 6.06 1-3 4/4 16.1 23 15 11 9 11