Baseball Starts Fall Practice Tuesday

Tulane had to wait a little longer than normal for team practices to begin and the location had to be moved to "The Shrine on Airline" due to construction at the Green Wave's on-campus facility, Turchin Stadium. In addition to daily practices, which begin at 2:15 p.m., the Green Wave will play 16 intrasquad contests – three at Zephyr Field and the final 13 on campus

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The 2005 Tulane University baseball squad will take the field for the first time as a team on Tuesday, Oct. 19, as the Green Wave begins fall practice at 2:15 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

Tulane had to wait a little longer than normal for team practices to begin and the location had to be moved to "The Shrine on Airline" due to construction at the Green Wave's on-campus facility, Turchin Stadium. In addition to daily practices, which begin at 2:15 p.m., the Green Wave will play 16 intrasquad contests – three at Zephyr Field and the final 13 on campus.

"We're anxious to get started," head coach Rick Jones said. "This is an exciting time, and I've always enjoyed fall practice. It's a chance to get our system implemented, and we've got a veteran team which is familiar with what we are trying to accomplish. So we'll get our system in place as quickly as we can and get as many repetitions as possible."

The Green Wave returns eight position players with starting experience, and the top three pitchers from the 2004 club that finished 41-21 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the second time in four years.

Highlighting the list of returnees are a pair of All-American in outfielder Matt Barket and two-way standout Brian Bogusevic, All-Conference USA hurlers J.R. Crowel and Daniel Latham, and All-Louisiana picks Greg Dini (catcher) and Tommy Manzella (shortstop).

Other key position returners are first baseman/designated hitter Mark Hamilton, second baseman Joe Holland and third baseman Tim Guidry. In addition, the Green Wave pitching staff returns 2004 lettermen Matt Goebel and Tyler Kimmons, and will welcome back a trio of redshirts in Ricky Fairchild, Brandon Gomes and Chris Worster.
Joining the foray for the 2005 season is the most heralded recruiting class in school history, which includes a pair of high school draft picks in infielder Brad Emaus (18th round, Atlanta Braves) and pitcher/infielder Sean Morgan (25th round, Milwaukee Brewers), a first-team high school All-American in outfielder Warren McFadden, and a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player and 2003 All-American in pitcher/infielder Micah Owings.

Rounding out the Tulane recruiting class, which ranks fifth in the nation by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, are pitchers Peter Connick (New Orleans, La./Jesuit HS), Jonathan Garrett (Mandeville, La./St. Paul's School), Stephen Porlier (Sugar Land, Texas/Elkins HS) and Greg Young (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-West Lake School), catcher Marc Robèrt (Metairie, La./Jesuit HS), infielder Cat Everett (Houston, Texas/Lamar HS), and outfielders Scott Powell (New Orleans, La./Newman HS) and Matt Riser (Picayune, Miss./Pearl River CC).

After playing its first three intrasquad games at Zephyr Field on Oct. 18, 23 and 24, the Green Wave will play a pair of weekend contests at Turchin Stadium on Oct. 30-31, a five-game stretch from Nov. 3-7 and a four-game stint from Nov. 10-13. The Green Wave will hold its annual "Scout Day" on Saturday, Oct. 30, and will host the St. Michael's Special School in a community service benefit on Saturday, Nov. 13.


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