Baseball to Head up I-55 for Matchup with Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman Zach Flowers will get the start on Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana
Freshman Zach Flowers will get the start on Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana

April 7, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - After having lost to the Southeastern Lions baseball team 6-3 on March 18 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, the Tulane baseball team will look to even the season series as they will travel to Hammond, La., on Tuesday for a 6pm CT first pitch at Kennely Diamond at Alumni Field.

The contest will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH. Live stats can also be followed on the Tulane baseball schedule page at TulaneGreenWave.com.

The Green Wave are coming off a tough weekend in which they dropped two of three to Conference USA rival UTSA. The two teams split a doubleheader on Friday, with the second game going to the Green Wave, 4-1, behind solid pitching from redshirt junior Randy LeBlanc. In the rubber match on Saturday, the Roadrunners shut out Tulane, 5-0, sending Tulane to their second shutout of the week as they lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 16-0 last Tuesday.

Tulane has dropped five of their last six after defeating No. 4 LSU on March 25. The Green Wave sit at 14-16 overall on the season.

The Lions took two of three games of a Southland Conference series against Central Arkansas this past weekend, winning Friday's game 6-0 while also picking up the win on Sunday by a score of 7-4. Southeastern Louisiana was shutout by Central Arkansas on Saturday, 3-0. During their last midweek game, the Lions thrashed Alcorn State 20-4. On the year, the Matt Riser-led Southeastern Lions are 20-12 on the year in his first year as head skipper.

On March 12, the two teams met, and sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon and freshman third baseman Hunter Hope each went 2-for-4 at the dish alongside freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais, who added two runs and two hits. Despite outhitting the Lions, Tulane dropped the game, 6-3, behind solid pitching from Sean Kennel, who went 7.0 innings, striking out six.

The aforementioned Carthon has reestablished himself as the top Green Wave hitter, based on batting average. The Shreveport, La., native is hitting .306 on the year with a team-leading 20 runs. Right behind him is Hope, who is hitting .296 with two home runs and 17 RBI. Freshman second baseman Jake Willsey has continued his hot streak, batting .333 in 16-straight starts at second. As a team, Tulane is hitting .228.

The Lions are hitting .278 as a team, led by Jameson Fisher's .359. Andrew Godbold is second on the team with a .339 average, and he also leads the squad with three home runs and 29 RBI. Daniel Midyett (.316), Sam Roberson (.313) and Jacob Williams (.304) are also hitting over .300 for Southeastern Louisiana.

Right-handed freshman Zach Flowers will make his first-career collegiate start for Tulane on the mound on Tuesday. The Middletown, Del., native has pitched solidly in a relief role all season, posting a 2.45 ERA in six appearances totaling 7.1 innings. The righty owns five strikeouts while walking just four.

Southeastern Louisiana will send junior-righty Kyle Keller to the bump to counter Flowers. Keller has made seven starts this season, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.44 ERA. In 36.2 innings of work, Keller has 21 strikeouts and 19 walks.

Tulane holds the all-time series record with Southeastern Louisiana, 75-31.

Following the midweek road trip, Tulane will return to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for a three-game series against C-USA foe Rice.

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