April 8, 2010
4/9/2010 - 4/11/2010
Rice Owls at Tulane Green Wave
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
Stadium: Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
Series: Rice Leads the Series 19-4
Tickets: Call the Tulane Box Office at (504) 861-WAVE
Looking at the Green Wave
The Green Wave enter their weekend series against Rice on a two game winning streak and will look to capture their first win over the Owls since the 2005 New Orleans Super Regional victory at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave are on the fringe of a pair of national polls and will look to push their name into the top-25 if they can snap their 12-game losing streak against Rice this weekend.
Rob Segedin will enter the game as the leading hitter for the Green Wave, with a .391 batting average heading into the weekend. The redshirt sophomore leads the nation with 19 doubles and is tied for the team lead with 45 hits and 26 RBI's after going three-for-four with a pair of runs batted in versus Nicholls State on Tuesday.
With his home run on Tuesday evening, Segedin now has ten home runs in two-plus seasons and his double that evening was the 40th of his career. He sits just 11 RBI's away from 100 in his career, while Jeremy Schaffer has 82 RBI's in 76 career games in the Olive and Blue.
Blake Crohan sits atop the hits chart with Segedin at 45, with seven doubles, three home runs and a team best 29 runs scored. Schaffer has 26 RBI's in 2010, while Crohan and Brandon Boudreaux have each posted 20+ runs batted in this season.
The Wave have walked in 28 of their 30 contests this season, drawing 5+ free passes 16 times in 2010. Tulane has reached the ten hit mark in 17 games this year and have tallied 7+ runs in 14 of the contests.
Tulane has scored 62 of their 188 runs with two outs this year. The Green Wave are batting .300 with two outs in an inning and are hitting under .300 in just one category - with the bases loaded. Tulane is 13-of-44 with the sacks full (.295) and are hitting .311 with runners in scoring position.
Tulane will look to improve upon their .257 batting average and 9.38 ERA that they had against Rice last season. In three games, TU scored just 14 runs, allowing 30, while Rice posted a .361 batting average in the three game set.
Looking at the Owls
Rice enters on a one game losing streak, dropping their midweek contest to Dallas Baptist, 7-6, on Tuesday. The Owls are 17-14 overall and swept Houston last weekend to improve to 4-2 in Conference USA play. The Owls dropped their Conference USA series at Memphis to start the conference slate, losing two of three games to the Tigers.
Michael Fuda leads the team with a .356 batting average, while Anthony Rendon is batting .320 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI's and 39 walks. Rendon is reaching base at a .511 clip, which ranks fifth in Conference USA, and his .701 slugging percentage ranks sixth among his conference counterparts.
The Owls own a 4.46 earned run average as a pitching staff and are holding opposing hitters to just a .255 batting average. Taylor Wall is coming off of a one-hit shutout of Houston, while Mike Ojala is scheduled to make his third start of the season after having Tommy John surgery.
Inside the Series
They sometimes say that "if it weren't for bad luck, some people would have no luck at all." and that sums up how the Tulane baseball team has lived against Rice since the Owls joined Conference USA. In 12 meetings as Conference USA foes, Tulane is 0-12 versus Rice, with their last win over the Owls coming at Turchin Stadium in the 2005 New Orleans Super Regional. (Rice was a member of the WAC at that time.)
The two teams first met during the 1990 season in New Orleans with Rice winning the opener 1-0 and the Green Wave winning 9-6 in the second game of a twinbill on February 11. The Green Wave are 3-11 against Rice at home and hold a 0-9 mark on the road. The two teams have played most of their 23 total meetings close, with the winning margin being four runs or less in 14 of those contests.