Baseball Heads to Houston for Three-Game Conference USA Slate

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Sophomore Jeremy Schaffer Drove in Two RBI's Versus ULM on Tuesday Night
Sophomore Jeremy Schaffer Drove in Two RBI's Versus ULM on Tuesday Night

May 6, 2010

5/7/2010 - 5/9/2010
Tulane Green Wave at Houston Cougars
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m. (Fri,), 6:30 p.m. (Sat.), 1:00 (Sun.)
Stadium: Cougar Field
Series: Houston Leads the Series 26-22

Looking at the Green Wave
Tulane captured the 700th win for head coach Rick Jones in his 17 years as the frontman for the Green Wave on Tuesday evening and will now have to turn their attention to a weekend series at Houston. Tulane is currently tied with the Cougars and UAB for the sixth and final spot in the Conference USA Tournament that starts on May 26. Tulane will enter the three-game series on a five-game conference losing streak and will look to get back on track after collecting an 8-5 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening at home.

Jeremy Schaffer continued to hit the ball well for the Olive and Blue on Tuesday, smacking his 11th home run of the season to lead off the second inning. The sophomore is batting .333 with four home runs, seven runs scored and ten RBI's in his last ten games.

Rob Segedin had his 18-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday evening, going 0-4 versus Louisiana-Monroe. Segedin collected a hit in every game from April 2 through May 2 - excluding the series opener versus UNLV that he missed - and batted .538 with ten home runs and 25 RBI's during the streak. During Segedin's streak, just one other Tulane starter posted a batting average of over .300 as Blake Crohan hit .311 over the last month. Crohan was tied for second on the team with 18 RBI's and was third in runs scored (12) and home runs (4) in 19 starts over the past month.

Preston Claiborne will move into fourth place on the career appearances list with one more trip to the mound this season. The senior has appeared in 79 games - all out of the bullpen - and has thrown 151.1 innings in his career. Claiborne is tied with Scott Bell on the career charts, while also ranking among the top-15 in school history in saves (9) and batting average against (.260).



The Green Wave will look to reverse their fortunes at the plate and on the mound this weekend. Tulane is batting just .280 as a team over their last five games and the pitching staff owns a 6.80 ERA during the same span.

Looking at the Cougars
Houston enters the weekend looking to improve their standings in CUSA and push their home record above .500, entering with an 8-10 mark in games played at Cougar Field this season.

Junior Caleb Ramsey leads the Cougars with a .357 batting average and ten doubles this season. Ramsey is second in RBI's with 31 and Joel Ansley has plated 33 runs for the UH offense. As a team, Houston is batting .290 as a team and are fielding at a .971 clip (48 errors is 43 games).

The pitching staff is limiting opposing batters to just a .292 batting average, but owns a 6.01 ERA. The culprit for that inflated number would be the .404 on-base percentage against. UH pitchers have walked 242 batters and hit 47 in 379 innings of work.

Inside the Series
Tulane will meet Houston on Friday evening for the 49th time in the all-time series. The Cougars hold the all-time edge at 26-22, with Rick Jones holding a 20-24 mark versus UH.

The Green Wave enter this weekend with a 6-14 record at Cougar Field, are 13-9 in games played in New Orleans and are 3-3 in neutral site contests. TU has won just one series over the Cougars in their home ballpark, that coming in 2000 with a 2 games to one showing. The Green Wave are 6-7 all-time in three-game sets, but have lost four straight against Houston.