March 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball will battle one of its oldest rivals on Tuesday evening at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium when LSU visits for the 301st installment of a series that has gone on for 110 years.
The game is slated to begin at 6:30pm CT, and will be broadcast on Cox Sports Television, and fans can tune into Tulane's flagship station, 106.1 The Ticket, to listen to the live broadcast. Live stats will be available on TulaneGreenWave.com.
"LSU brings a lot of fans and they've got a phenomenal club," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "They are having a tremendous year so I'm sure (the fans) will be here in droves. It'll certainly be a big challenge for us. We're not having the kind of year they're having, but it's an opportunity for us--a tremendous opportunity."
The Green Wave sits at 14-12 on the year, after taking two of three in their Conference USA opening series against Memphis this past weekend, despite being outscored 22-9 during the three games. Tulane got solid performances out of sophomore Tony Rizzotti and senior David Napoli on the mound on Friday and Sunday, respectively. At the plate, seniors Brandon Boudreaux and Brennan Middleton collected nine of the team's 22 weekend hits with five and four, respectively. Boudreaux added three RBIs, as well.
LSU, who is off to their best start since 1997, will carry a 22-2 record into Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. They swept Southeastern Conference foe Auburn this past weekend after taking two of three from Mississippi State the previous weekend. The Tigers are currently ranked in the top five in all major polls.
On Tuesday, Tulane will send left-handed junior Brady Wilson to the mound to face LSU. Wilson has made 10 appearances on the mound for the Greenies this weapon, with only one start - a game in which the Greenies defeated High Point 11-10 in twelve innings. Wilson is 1-1 on the year with a 3.97 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched. He has recorded 17 strikeouts to only eight walks. The Tigers will rely on freshman righty Russell Reynolds to pitch out of the gate. Reynolds has not recorded a decision in his five appearances, including two starts. He holds a 0.90 ERA in 10.0 innings, with four strikeouts and one walk.
Middleton leads all Tulane batters with a .330 batting average and 35 hits. He ranks second in the latter category in Conference USA. Senior Sean Potkay has notched 11 doubles, good for first place in the conference, and he also has a team-leading 17 RBIs. Senior Garrett Cannizaro and junior Andrew Garner are both tied for second place on the team with 16 RBIs each.
LSU is lead at the plate by freshman Alex Bregman, who is batting .422 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. Mason Kats is hitting at a clip of .379, and he has 10 homers with 37 RBIs to his resume. Raph Rhymes - who lead the nation in hitting last season - is batting .344. Paul Mainieri is in his seventh year as head coach of the Tigers, and he has lead the team to a 280-124-2 record during his tenure. Tulane's Jones holds a record of 20-25 against the Tigers, all-time. The two teams have faced each other exactly 300 times, with LSU holding the all-time lead, 175-125.
The two teams will face each other again on April 24 in Baton Rouge.
There are still a limited number of tickets available to the game for $30 each. Tickets can be purchased in person at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center or online at TulaneGreenWave.com. Fans can also call (504) 861-WAVE for ticket information.
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