Oct. 31, 2006
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University baseball team will begin its annual, five-game Fall World Series on Wednesday, Nov. 1, when the Green Wave hit the field at 2 p.m. at Zephyr Field.
The series will continue through Sunday, Nov. 5, and Saturday's game will be St. Michael's Day at "The Shrine On Airline" as members of the Green Wave team will play a game with the middle school students of St. Michael's Special School at 11 a.m. before playing game four of the Fall World Series at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's practices are set to begin at 2 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday's ball session are slated for 1 p.m. The team will go through a short practice each day, and the World Series intrasquad games will begin between 30 to 45 minutes later.
The teams will be divided by their Green Wave experience as players with one or two years on one squad and the veterans of three or more seasons on the other. The only exceptions are fifth-year senior Brandon Gomes and sophomore right-hander Shooter Hunt, who will flip-flop squads to help even the pitching matchups.
"The Fall World Series is something that we as coaches, as well as the players themselves, look forward to," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "With the classes the way they are, this brings more excitement to the whole thing. They seem to be pretty evenly matched. It's supposed to be great weather all week, and for the fans that can come out, this will be a great way to get acquainted with our club.
"Fall practice is two-fold. One is to get every part of our system in, which is a simplistic one, but we have to get everyone working on how we play the game. The second one is to evaluate each player. I think we've been able to accomplish both."
Through 11 intrasquad games over the first three weeks of fall practice, the Green Wave are hitting .280 (172-of-614) with a .393 slugging percentage with 40 doubles, four triples and seven home runs. Junior utility athlete Sean Morgan, who is not expected to pitch during the fall after undergoing an emergency appendectomy prior to the start of practice, leads the team with a .474 average, while junior shortstop Cat Everett is next with a .371 mark.
The Green Wave have done a good job of getting on base, as evidence by a .410 on-base percentage, and have done a good job running the bases with 51 steals in 64 tries. Sophomore outfielders Aja Barto and Nate Simon lead the way with eight thefts apiece, and third-year sophomore Warren McFadden follows with six steals in as many tries.
From the mound, Hunt leads the squad with a 1.38 ERA and a .159 opponent batting average. He and freshman right-hander Drew Zizinia are tied for the team lead with 17 strikeouts each, and senior closer Daniel Latham has a pair of saves in eight fall appearances.
The upperclassmen will be coached by Tulane assistant coach Luke Weatherford, while student assistant and former Green Wave pitcher Billy Mohl will coach the underclassmen. Jones, associated head coach Mark Kingston and pitching coach Chad Sutter will evaluate the teams from the dugout.
The 2006 Fall World Series is open to the public and admission is free. Following the Fall World Series, the Tulane team will have some time off before hitting the field as a team once again in January when the Green Wave begin its spring practice in preparation for the 2007 season.
2006 FALL WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE Wednesday, Nov. 1 Practice/Game 1 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 Practice/Game 2 2:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 Practice/Game 3 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 St. Michael's Day 11:00 a.m. Practice/Game 4 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 Practice/Game 5 1:00 p.m.
UNDERCLASSMEN ROSTER No Name Pos B/T HT WT CL EX Hometown/High School/Previous School 4 Nate Simon INF L/R 6-1 180 So. 1L Duvall, Wash./Redmond HS 5 John Michael Vidic RHP R/R 6-5 215 Jr. 1L Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS/Georgia Tech 6 Jonny Weiss INF R/R 6-0 180 So. RS Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich HS/ Boston College 11 Seth Henry INF R/R 5-10 180 So. 1L Berwick, La./Berwick HS 15 Drew Zizinia RHP R/R 6-2 195 Fr. HS Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS 26 Ryan Scott OF R/R 6-3 195 Fr. HS New Orleans, La./Archbishop Rummel HS 28 Aaron Loup LHP L/L 6-0 175 Fr. HS Luling, La./Hahnville HS 30 Jay Ackal OF R/R 6-2 175 Fr. HS Mandeville, La./St. Paul's School 32 Preston Claiborne INF/RHP R/R 6-3 220 Fr. HS Dallas, Texas/Newman Smith HS 34 Taylor Rogers RHP R/R 6-5 210 Fr. HS Round Rock, Texas/McNeil HS 35 Aja Barto OF R/R 6-5 225 So. 1L Houston, Texas/Stratford HS 37 Hunter Johnson LHP L/L 5-11 185 Fr. HS Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS 41 Jared Dyer C R/R 6-0 200 So. TR Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park HS/San Jacinto-North 42 Sam Wiley INF/C R/R 6-1 205 Fr. RS Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS 45 Brandon Gomes RHP R/R 5-10 175 Sr. 3L Fall River, Mass./Durfee HS
UPPERCLASSMEN ROSTER No Name Pos B/T HT WT CL EX Hometown/High School/Previous School 1 Peter Connick LHP L/L 6-0 175 So. 1L New Orleans, La./Jesuit HS 2 Tim Guidry INF R/R 5-10 195 Sr. 3L Metairie, La./Jesuit HS 8 Robbie Whitman INF R/R 6-0 194 Jr. 2L Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel HS 9 Rustin Rebowe OF L/R 5-11 190 So. RS Norco, La./Destrehan HS 13 Cat Everett INF S/R 6-1 180 Jr. 2L Houston, Texas/Lamar HS 14 Jonathan Garrett RHP R/R 6-3 200 So. 1L Mandeville, La./St. Paul's School 16 Matt Goebel RHP R/R 6-3 195 Sr. 3L Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin HS 17 Brad Emaus INF R/R 6-0 190 Jr. 2L Senoia, Ga./East Coweta HS 19 Daniel Latham RHP R/R 6-3 195 Sr. 3L Covington, La./Covington HS 20 Grayden Griener C/OF R/R 6-0 196 Jr. 2L New Orleans, La./DeLaSalle HS 21 Sean Morgan RHP/INF R/R 6-3 215 Jr. 2L Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS 22 Shooter Hunt RHP R/R 6-3 200 So. TR Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo HS/Univ. of Virginia 24 Warren McFadden OF R/R 6-1 200 So. 1L Plantation, Fla./Nova HS 33 Scott Powell OF R/R 5-11 190 So. 1L New Orleans, La./Newman HS 36 Devin Barnett RHP R/R 5-11 188 Jr. SQ New Orleans, La./Country Day School/U Mass. 39 Marc Robèrt C R/R 5-11 185 So. 1L Metairie, La./Jesuit HS 40 Trey Martin RHP R/R 6-3 195 Jr. 1L Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS/Georgetown 44 Ty Wallace C R/R 6-2 240 Sr. 1L The Colony, Texas/Newman Smith HS/Navarro JC