April 19, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University baseball team returns to Conference USA action on Friday, April 20, when the Green Wave open a three-game slate against league foe Houston at noon with a nationally-televised ballgame on College Sports Television (DirecTV Channel 610, DISH Network Channel 152) at Zephyr Field.
The two teams will play again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on the flagship radio station of Tulane baseball, WRHB 88.3 FM, and the games can also be heard live on the website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are available on-line for free via GameTracker.
Friday's game is the second of five "Business Fan's Specials" the Green Wave will play down the stretch. Baseball fans who present a business card at the ticket window can purchase adult home plate seating for $6 and adult non-home plate seating for $5. In addition, senior (65 & up) can purchase non-home plate seating for $4, and youth and senior tickets can be upgraded to adult non-home plate seating for $2.
Tulane comes into the weekend series 28-11 on the year, 8-4 in Conference USA play and fresh off a 4-3 win over Northwestern State Tuesday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .302 with a .412 slugging percentage courtesy of 50 doubles, eight triples and 26 home runs. Junior shortstop Cat Everett paces the club with a .349 batting average while junior infielder Brad Emaus and sophomore right fielder/designated hitter Warren McFadden follow with respective marks of .347 and .326. Emaus, sophomore centerfielder Nate Simon and senior infielder Tim Guidry lead the team with four home runs each, Emaus paces the club with 30 RBI, and Everett heads the squad with nine stolen bases in 11 attempts.
From the mound, Tulane sports a 3.44 ERA and has held opponents to a .257 batting average. Green Wave hurlers have combined for 322 strikeouts and just 101 walks in 348.0 innings. Junior Sean Morgan leads the team with 86 strikeouts, a .216 opponent batting average and 63.2 innings pitched. Morgan shares the wins lead with Matt Goebel at seven each, and sophomore Shooter Hunt leads the staff with a 2.18 ERA. Senior closer Daniel Latham leads the bullpen with 20 appearances, and has 10 of the Green Wave's 12 saves.
Houston, meanwhile, comes to town 19-17 on the year, 6-3 in C-USA action and looking to snap a three-game losing streak, including an 8-3 loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday in College Station, Texas.
As a team, the Cougars are hitting a collective .292 with a .427 slugging percentage on the strength of 64 doubles, nine triples and 28 home runs. Jimmy Cesario leads the team with a .371 batting average and is followed by Josh Stirneman and Felix Fanaselle with marks of .319 and .308, respectively. Luis Flores paces Houston with seven homers while Dustin Kingsbury leads the squad with 32 RBI and Ryan Lormand is 13-for-15 in stolen bases.
The Cougars' pitching staff has a cumulative 5.22 ERA and has held opponents to a .290 batting average. Houston hurlers have combined for 208 strikeouts and 140 walks in 317.0 innings of work. Wes Musick leads the Cougars with a 3.16 ERA, 44 strikeouts and a .232 opponent batting average, and is tied for the lead in wins with Aaron Brown. Brown paces the club with 57.2 innings pitched while Chris Wright has a team-best 17 appearances out of the bullpen and three of Houston's seven saves in 2007.
This weekend's games mark the 40th, 41st and 42nd meetings between Tulane and Houston on the diamond, and the Cougars hold a slim 20-19 advantage in the all-time series. Under the direction of 14th-year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 18-17 against the Cougars, but Houston did win last year's series 2-1 at Cougar Field and knocked the Green Wave out of the C-USA Tournament with a 6-0 victory last May 27 at Rice's Reckling Park.
Following the weekend series against the Cougars, Tulane closes out its five-game homestand on Wednesday, April 25, with a 6:30 p.m. showdown vs. Nicholls State at "The Shrine on Airline". For ticket information for this weekend's games, as well as future Green Wave athletic events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Zephyr Field Ticket Office is located on the third-base side of stadium and will open approximately two hours before first pitch for each Tulane home game.
PITCHING ROTATION Friday, April 20 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Sean Morgan L/R 3.39 7-2 10/10 63.2 50 28 24 29 86 UH - Aaron Brown R/R 4.37 4-2 13/9 57.2 52 32 28 31 38 Saturday, April 21 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Shooter Hunt R/R 2.18 6-4 10/10 62.0 54 22 15 19 63 UH - Wes Musick L/L 3.16 5-3 9/9 51.1 45 23 18 18 44 Sunday, April 22 B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K TU - Brandon Gomes R/R 3.41 5-2 10/10 60.2 63 27 23 9 45 UH - John Touchton R/R 7.16 3-3 12/4 32.2 45 30 26 13 21