Wave Baseball Takes On Huskies At NCAA Tourney

The Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Friday, June 4 when it opens play in the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional vs. second- seeded University of Washington at 3 p.m. at Swayze Field, the home field of the host University of Mississippi

The Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Friday, June 4 when it opens play in the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional vs. second- seeded University of Washington at 3 p.m. at Swayze Field, the home field of the host University of Mississippi.

The Green Wave comes into the Regional 38-19 on the season. After finishing tied for second in the regular-season Conference USA standings with a 21-9 league record, the Green Wave earned the No. 3 seed in the Regional. For the season, the Green Wave are hitting .318 with a .490 slugging percentage courtesy of 124 doubles, six triples and 69 home runs. Junior outfielder Matt Barket leads the way with a .385 batting average, followed by fellow juniors Greg Dini and Wes Swackhamer with marks of .364 and .358, respectively.

Dini paces the squad in home runs with 11, and sophomore right fielder/left-handed pitcher Brian Bogusevic leads the team in RBI with 62.

As a team, the Tulane pitching staff has tallied a 4.26 ERA in 503.1 innings in 2004. Opponents are hitting .284 off the Green Wave hurlers with 561 hits in 1,978 at-bats. Tulane has also done a good job of keeping the ball over the plate with 394 strikeouts and just 148 walks.

Tulane will give the ball to Bogusevic for the postseason opener, and the sophomore southpaw enters the weekend 8-5 on the year with a 3.84 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 98.1 innings of work.

Washington, meanwhile, enters the Oxford Regional 37-18-1 on the year and 16-9 in the Pacific 10 Conference. As a team, the Huskies are hitting .298 with a .485 slugging mark on the strength of 110 doubles, eight triples and 84 home runs.

Zach Clem leads the team with a .345 batting average while Kyle Larsen and Brent Lillibridge are close behind with averages of .333 and .323, respectively. Clem paces the squad with 13 home runs, and Larsen heads the club with 50 RBI.

On the mound, the Huskies sport a 4.94 ERA and have an eye-popping 467 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .259 batting average through 505.0 innings. UW will send Kyle Parker to the mound on Friday, and the Husky hurler enters the contest 3-3 on the year with a 4.09 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 17 appearances.

Tulane holds a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools with all three meetings coming in the Riverside Classic in Riverside, Calif., during the 1980s. Tulane defeated the Huskies 2-1 in 1982, 5-3 in 1986 and 6-2 in 1987.

Depending on the outcome Friday's game, Tulane will face either the winner or the loser of the Ole Miss/Western Kentucky matchup on Saturday. If the Green Wave advances in the winner's bracket, they will play again at 3 p.m. If they fall into the loser's bracket, Tulane will play on Saturday at 11 a.m.

NCAA Oxford Regional Bracket
Friday, June 4
Game 1 No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Tulane 3:00 p.m.
Game 2 No. 1 Mississippi vs. No. 4 Western Kentucky 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 5
Game 3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 11:00 a.m.
Game 4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 3:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 6
Game 6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 1:00 p.m.
Game 7 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (if necessary) TBA

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