May 5, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Playing their finest baseball of the season, the Tulane baseball squad will welcome Southeastern Louisiana into Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Tuesday for a 6:30pm CT, as the Green Wave will look to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Lions.
The game will be broadcast on 88.3 FM WRBH, the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, and live stats can be followed on TulaneGreenWave.com's baseball schedule page.
The two teams have faced off against one another twice this season, with the Lions taking both contests. Tulane fell 6-3 on March 18 in New Orleans to the Lions, followed by a 5-1 loss in Hammond on April 9.
However, Tulane is 5-2 in their last seven games, as the squad picked up just their second Conference USA series win of the season by taking two games from Southern Miss this past weekend. Prior to that, Tulane took a midweek contest against Nicholls State, 8-1, after taking two of three from out-of-conference opponent Wichita State. In those seven games, the Green Wave have collected double-digit hits in four of those contests.
On Sunday, Tulane got a career-best outing from redshirt senior Tyler Mapes on the mound in the rubber match of the weekend series against the Golden Eagles, as he pitched his first-career complete-game shutout in a 3-0 victory. For his efforts, Mapes earned Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week honors from the league offices on Monday.
The Green Wave have gotten a lot of firepower from their freshmen at the plate. In the last seven games, freshman outfielder Grant Brown is hitting a blistering .474 (9-for-19) with three doubles and four RBI, while freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais hit .421 (8-for-19) with three doubles, one home run and eight RBI. Freshman catcher Jake Rogers had his first-career three-hit game on Sunday against Southern Miss, and he is hitting .318 (7-for-22) in his last seven games.
The offense hasn't been limited to just freshmen, though, as junior infielder Garrett Deschamp has ten hits in the last seven games, hitting at a clip of .385. Senior outfielder Andrew Garner has hit .296 (8-for-27) during the last seven tilts.
On the season now, Tulane has a record of 20-25 overall, and they are hitting .231 as a team.
Southeastern Louisiana is coming off a series-victory against Southland Conference opponent Nicholls State, as they won Friday by a score of 4-2 before winning on Sunday, 15-0. The Friday win for the Lions ended a six-game losing skid, their longest losing-streak on the year. On the season, the Lions are 29-20.
The Lions are hitting .286 as a team, and are led by Jameson Fisher's .374 average. Andrew Goldbold - who is hitting .346 on the year - has seven of the team's 12 home runs this year. Brett Hoffman is also hitting over .300 at .315. The Lions have also been stellar on the basepaths this season, as they have 73 stolen bases to their name.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Massey will return to the mound for the Green Wave, one week after pitching arguably the best game of his career. Last Tuesday against Nicholls State, Massey struck out a career-high seven batters while tying a career-high in innings pitched with 6.0 on his way to an 8-1 win. On the season, the native of Baton Rouge, La., is 2-4 with a 6.51 ERA in 27.2 innings of work. Massey has struck out 33, while walking just 14, in addition to allowing 36 hits.
The Lions will send right-handed junior Kyle Keller to the bump. Keller started the last outing between the two teams, pitching 7.0 innings and striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one run for the victory. On the season, Keller is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 54.1 innings. He has struck out 34 and walked 29. Opponents are hitting .276 off him.
Tuesday night will be Wounded Warrior Night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Ten wounded warriors will be honored pregame, and one will throw out the first pitch.
Tickets for the game will be just $5. It will be $2 Tuesday at the ballpark during the game, as selected concession items will be just $2.
The Cane's Challenge for the contest will be for the Green Wave to score four runs. Should the team do so, fans will receive a voucher for a buy-one, get-one free box combo at local, participating Cane's restaurants.
Single game tickets are available for the weekend contests. 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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