April 14, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball will host McNeese State on Tuesday, April 15 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for a scheduled 6:30pm CT first pitch, marking the first time the two teams will meet one another since 2009 despite sharing the same state.
The game will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH. Live stats will also be made available through the GameTracker link on the TulaneGreenWave.com baseball schedule page.
The Green Wave are looking to end a skid of the likes which they haven't seen in recent memory. Tulane is currently mired in a five-game losing streak, with two of those loses coming by just one run. This past weekend, Tulane was swept at home for the first time since early in 2013 when Notre Dame visited and took three from the Green Wave. Rice took all three games last weekend, including the two, aforementioned one-run contests. On the season now, Tulane is 14-20 overall.
The Cowboys of McNeese State will come to New Orleans with a mirror-opposite record of Tulane's at 20-14. Last weekend, the Cowboys dropped two of three to Southland Conference opponent Northwestern State, losing their first weekend series of the season. Of their 14 losses of the season, three have come in the last four contests.
At the dish, Tulane now boasts just one .300 hitter on the season in freshman second baseman Jake Willsey who is hitting .301 in 20 starts. Every day sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon is batting .298 and is tied for the team-lead in hits with 37 with freshman third baseman Hunter Hope.
McNeese State is batting .289 as a team, and is led by Jackson Gooch's .362. Gooch also leads the team in RBI with 29. Andrew Guillotte is batting .344, and leads the Cowboys with 13 doubles. Matt Williams (.316) and Chayse Marion (.313) are also batting over .300.
Tulane will send sophomore righty Emerson Gibbs to the mound to face the Cowboys on Tuesday. Gibbs has made two starts this season, one at San Francisco on March 9 and another against Middle Tennessee on March 23. The Jesuit product is 1-2 on the season with a 6.46 ERA. His 30.2 innings pitched rank third on the team behind weekend starters Randy LeBlanc and Tyler Mapes. Gibbs has struck out 18 while walking 11 and allowing 45 hits.
Gibbs' counterpart will be senior righty Michael Desabrais. The transfer from Mesa Community College is 0-1 on the season with a 5.47 ERA in 24.2 innings with six starts. He has walked 14 batters and struck out 12 while allowing 24 hits.
Tulane and McNeese State have squared off against each other dating back to 1982, but the two teams have not played each other since 2009. Tulane owns the all-time series record with the Cowboys by a margin of 29-12. The Green Wave have also won the last eight straight contests.
Tuesday is $2 Tuesday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Select items at the concession stand are just $2.
Additionally, tickets for the game are only $5. Single game tickets can be purchased through the Tulane ticket office by either calling 504-861-WAVE (9283), or visiting the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center's first floor ticket office.
The Cane's Challenge for Tuesday is for the Green Wave to score four runs. Should they do so, fans will receive a voucher for a buy one, get one free Cane's combo at local participating stores.
Following the tilt against McNeese State, Tulane will travel to North Carolina for the second time this season, as they will play a three-game series against Charlotte on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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