April 23, 2009
NEW ORLEANS- The Green Wave are fresh off two midweek victories over cross-town rival UNO and will get set to open up Conference USA Friday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane, who has won their last seven of eight games, hopes to pick up some ground in C-USA, as the Green Wave host Memphis for a three-game set over the weekend.
The Wave has enjoyed some quality pitching performances in the last stretch, with Aaron Loup's 7.0 inning shutout being the latest. Loup got the nod against UNO in game two of the First NBC Bank Cup Series Wednesday and went on to face just 22 batters, while throwing eight strikeouts to tie his career high. The southpaw faced no more than three batters an inning, with the exception of the second frame, in which he threw to four Privateer batsmen. Loup improved his ERA to 5.44, while the Wave hurlers have posted a 4.14 collective ERA.
Tulane will start senior Jonathan Garrett in Friday's contest after the righty from Mandeville, La. threw 4.2 solid innings in the Friday night contest against ECU. Garrett struck out four while not relinquishing any runs to the Pirates to pick up the victory. The Green Wave will send Josh Zeid to the hill Saturday, along with Conrad Flynn on Sunday. Flynn threw a career-high eight strikeouts in his 7.1 inning-outing against ECU to earn the win.
The Green Wave arms have been enjoying some run support from the Tulane offense, as the Wave posted a 15-hit performance in Wednesday's game against UNO, en route to a 14-0 shutout victory. Josh Prince is enjoying a hitting streak, having reached safely in Tulane's last 10 games. The junior from Sulphur, La. went 2-4 with a RBI in Wednesday night's contest. He also tack on three stolen bases to his tally, bringing his season total up to 30, which places him in the top 10 for stolen bases in a season in the Tulane record books. Senior Sam Honeck upped his home run and RBI count in the two games against UNO. The left-handed hitting Honeck currently stands atop Conference USA with 15 long balls and 61 RBI.
Tulane hopes to continue swinging hot bats against Memphis, who enters the weekend 18-23 overall and 4-8 in C-USA action. The Tigers are paced by Drew Martinez, who has posted a team-high .338 average while also picking up nine doubles and 10 RBI. Adam McClain has also been a contributor to the club, batting .304 on the year with eight doubles and 18 runs batted in. Tulane hopes to continue the success they enjoyed against Memphis last year, having bested the Tigers twice with definitive victories in both contests.
First pitch of game one of the series is slated for 6PM at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.