Baseball to Play Host to Nationally-Ranked LSU on Tuesday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman pitcher Corey Merrill has been tabbed with the start against LSU on Tuesday
Freshman pitcher Corey Merrill has been tabbed with the start against LSU on Tuesday

March 24, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - For the second time in two weeks, the Tulane baseball team will host a nationally ranked local team at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as in-state rival LSU will visit the Green Wave for a 6:30pm CT contest on Tuesday.

The game will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH. Live stats will be made available at TulaneGreenWave.com through Game Tracker.

Limited bleacher seats are still available for the contest. Please call 504-861-WAVE (9283) for ticketing questions or visit the ticket office on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center.

Tulane wrapped up their lone five-game week of the season this past Sunday, dropping the third game of a three-game series to Middle Tennessee, 5-4. However, the Green Wave took the first two games of the series against the Blue Raiders, 2-0 and 2-1, respectively, with the second game going to 11 innings. The Green Wave pitching staff allowed just one run over the first 20 innings of the series.

Earlier in the week, the Green Wave dropped contests to in-state rivals Southeastern Louisiana at home and New Orleans on the road. On the year, the Green Wave sit at 12-11.

Two weeks ago, the Green Wave hosted another top-five team in the nation to their ballpark, as the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns visited New Orleans on March 11, defeating Tulane 7-4.

A few Tulane hitters picked their batting averages back up above .300, but the team's overall average dropped to .240 after starting the week at .253. Sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon still paces the team with an average of .317, and he is tied for the team-lead in runs scored with 18. Freshman third baseman Hunter Hope is hot on the heels of Carthon, as he is batting just two points lower, while also posting two home runs and 17 RBI. Junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp is hitting .301 while leading the team with 24 RBI, and freshman second baseman Jake Willsey - who has started the last nine games - is hitting .343 in 35 at-bats.

LSU remains ranked in the top-ten in all of the major polls after coming off a weekend in which the won the first two games against SEC-opponent Georgia. On Sunday, however, the two teams tied on a getaway day in 13 innings of action. The weekend before last, the Tigers dropped two of three at No. 3 Vanderbilt. On the year, the Tigers are 20-4-1.

The Tigers are hitting .283 as a team, and are led by Kade Scivicque's .366 average. Andrew Stevenson (.353), Alex Bregman 9.337), Mark Laird (.309) and Sean McMullen (.309) are all everyday starters who are also batting over .300. McMullen leads the team in RBI with 16 and doubles with 10. Scivicque is the team pace setter in home runs with two. The Tigers are slugging .394 as a team, while swiping 21 bases.

Tulane has named freshman righty Corey Merrill as the starter against the Tigers. The Lutcher product started last Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana, throwing 2.2 innings, while allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out one batter, as well. Merrill is 0-1 on the year with a 5.79 ERA in 14.0 innings, with 10 strikeouts and 10 walks to his name. While Merrill will start, Tulane will more than likely use a plethora of arms throughout the contest.

Corey Merrill's aunt, Mary Jane, is a travel manager in the business office of the LSU Athletic Department.

The Tigers will throw southpaw Cody Glenn against the Green Wave. A junior from Houston, Glenn started last Tuesday in a 9-0 win over South Alabama. He went 2.0 innings in the contest, allowing three hits while getting a no-decision. On the season, Glenn is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. He has allowed 29 hits while fanning 11 and walking three in seven appearances, five of which are starts.

Last year, LSU run-ruled the Green Wave at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, winning the contest 14-1 in eight innings. However, the Green Wave then went up to Baton Rouge and played a tight game, eventually dropping the tilt 4-3. LSU has won the last six meetings between the two programs.

LSU leads the all-time series between the two programs, 177-125-3.

The Canes Challenge for Tuesday's game is for the Green Wave to score four runs. Should they do so, fans can bring their ticket stubs to any Greater New Orleans Cane's to receive a buy one, get one free box combo.

The Tulane Brass Band will be playing from 4:30-6:30pm CT in the parking lot during the tailgate before moving towards the entrance of the ballpark before the game begins. Singing the National Anthem will be the Mixon Sisters.

Capital One Bank is sponsoring the game.

The Rosen Lot behind right field will open at noon. Once the Rosen Lot is full, vehicles will be directed towards the Diboll Parking Garage down Ben Weiner Drive. Gates for the contest will open at 4:30pm CT.

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