April 28, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - After an exciting weekend in which the Tulane baseball squad took two games on walk off hits from Wichita State, the Green Wave will look to pick up their second victory of the season against in-state rival Nicholls State on Tuesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
The game will get underway at 6:30pm CT and 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 won their first weekend series in April this past weekend when they took two of three from the Shockers in New Orleans. Freshman third baseman Hunter Hope launched a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 12th inning in a 5-1 win on Friday night, while fellow freshman Lex Kaplan notched an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday to give the Green Wave a 5-4 victory. Wichita State won the final game of the series on Sunday, 10-3. On the season, Tulane now has an overall record of 17-24.
Nicholls State, who took sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference this past weekend with a sweep of New Orleans, owns an overall record of 25-20. The Colonels are riding a six-game winning streak coming into Tuesday's contest, as they won three straight against UNO after beating Southern 13-2 last Wednesday and taking the final two games of a weekend series against Southland Conference opponent Incarnate Word.
However, Tulane is ahead in the season series, as the Green Wave won 1-0 back on Feb. 25 in Thibodaux. Tulane's Tyler Mapes pitched a 7.0, one-hitter while striking out seven before relief pitchers Dan Rankin and Andrew Garner came on and shut the door on the Colonels. Freshman catcher Jake Rogers doubled in the top of the eighth and came home to score on an error for the game's lone run.
After notching 25 hits in the three-game series against Wichita State, Tulane's team batting average raised a few points to .224. Individually, freshman second baseman Jake Willsey had a big week, as he notched hits in every game last week, including two two-hit games. The rookie from Chestnut Hill, Mass., is hitting .290. Sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon is hitting .287, and Hope ranks third on the squad with an average of .269.
The Colonels are hitting .248 as a team with Leo Vargas' .314 average and Keith Cormier's .304 clip leading the way. They are both tied for the team lead in home runs with two each, while Cormier's 37 RBI pace the team. Vargas has been a demon on the basepaths, as he has stolen 13 bases in just 14 attempts. As a team, the Colonels have swiped 54 bags in 70 attempts.
Tulane will rely on redshirt sophomore Alex Massey on the mound on Tuesday. Massey last started against Rice on April 13, where he pitched just 2.0 innings while allowing four runs on four hits. He has made three other starts on the year, all during weekend series. On the season, the righty from Baton Rouge is 1-4 with an 8.31 ERA in 21.2 innings of work. He has allowed 33 hits while walking 13 and striking out 26.
Massey will be opposed by junior righty Ryan Deemes. A native of Chalmette, La., Deemes has made nine starts on the season, while amassing a 2-2 record and a 3.74 ERA. Deemes has 43.1 innings of work to his name while allowing 48 hits and 12 walks while fanning 26.
Tickets for Tuesday's contest are only $5. It will also be $2 Tuesday at the park, as selected items from the concessions stand will only be $2.
Should the Green Wave score four runs on Tuesday against Nicholls State, fans will receive a Cane's Challenge voucher - valid at local, participating Cane's restaurants - that will be good for a buy one, get one free box combo.
Single game tickets are available for the contest. For more information on tickets, call 504-861-WAVE (9283), or visit the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center's first-floor ticket office.
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