May 10, 2012
5/11/2012 - 5/12/2012
Tulane Green Wave (33-16, 10-8 C-USA) at Houston Cougars (16-28-1, 4-13-1 C-USA)
First Pitch: 6:30 (Fri.), 6:30 (Sat.), 1:00 (Sun.)
Stadium: Cougar Field (Houston, Texas)
Series: Houston Leads Series, 31-25
Looking at the Green Wave
As the postseason lurks in the distance, the Green Wave is looking towards another big weekend in Conference USA. This weekend's three game series at Houston is another step towards making a tournament push. Tulane enters the three-game series riding a four-game winning streak and own a 33-16 overall record and 10-8 mark in C-USA play.
The starting rotation has been a major reason that TU has able to stockpile wins over the past three weeks, entering the weekend with a 3.27 staff ERA in their last ten contests. Andrew Reeves is 2-1 in his last three starts and has allowed just four runs - two earned - on 17 hits in 19 innings of work. The junior is holding opponents to a .229 batting average against and has fanned eight batters. David Napoli continues to throw well this season, as the junior 1-1 in his last three starts with eight runs allowed in his last 17 2/3 innings.
Brandon Boudreaux earned his school-record third Conference USA Hitter of the Week honor to start the week and has ten RBIs over his last ten games played. The junior is batting .375 over his last ten games with 15 hits, eight runs scored and three home runs.
Jeremy Schaffer took over the RBI lead on Tuesday night with his 53rd multi-RBI game of his career versus the Ragin' Cajuns and now has 45 on the year. Nick Schneeberger is second with 44 RBIs and paces the squad with a .370 batting average and 70 hits. Brennan Middleton continues to impress at shortstop with a C-USA best 151 fielding assists and a career-best .364 batting average on the year.
Looking at the Cougars
Houston enters the weekend with a 16-28-1 overall record and a 4-13-1 tally in Conference USA play this season. The Cougars won the series opener at Rice last weekend, but the Owls rallied to claim the final two games to win the series. UH is just 1-5 in conference series this season.
Houston is hitting .268 as a team this season and average 4.1 runs per game in 45 contests. John Cannon paces the Cougars attack with a .313 average and a .381 on-base percentage. Chase Jensen has a team-best 30 RBIs, while Landon Appling has three home runs, 25 runs scored and 22 RBIs, leading the squad in the first two categories.
The pitching staff is led by junior Austin Pruitt with a 3-3 record, 3.55 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 76 innings of work. The right-hander has 13 appearances - 11 starts - with one complete game to his credit and is limiting opponents to a .271 batting average. Jordan Lewis has ten starts this year and is 3-6 with a 5.29 ERA, but owns a batting average against of just .251.
Mo Wiley has been the main bullpen option for UH, appearing in 19 games with four saves and a 2-1 record. Wiley has a 4.22 ERA in 32 innings of work and has struck out 36 to just ten walks.
Inside the Series
Of the eight other Conference USA schools that carry baseball, Tulane has a winning record against five of them. Two of the three team's which the Green Wave hold a deficit against are located in Houston; University of Houston and Rice.
In the series history, Houston owns a 31-25 mark and the Cougars have the longest winning streak in the series at six games. Each team has swept two C-USA series in the history of their meetings.
In Houston, the Cougars hold a 14-7 advantage, but Tulane won the 2010 series by winning the final two games of the three-game set. UH is 15-14 in New Orleans, but Tulane owns a 4-2 record in neutral site match-ups. Houston swept all three games last season at Turchin Stadium, winning by scores of 2-0, 5-2 and 9-0.