Top Ranked Wave Baseball Team Opens Spring Drills

The Green Wave hit the field at 1 p.m. and opened the session with situational base-running drills. Throwing exercises followed, and Tulane went into a pair of infield/outfield drills before concluding the day with batting practice that saw the hitters take live pitching for the first time since the fall practice season.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The top-ranked Tulane University baseball team began preparation for the upcoming 2005 season with its first team practice Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

The Green Wave hit the field at 1 p.m. and opened the session with situational base-running drills. Throwing exercises followed, and Tulane went into a pair of infield/outfield drills before concluding the day with batting practice that saw the hitters take live pitching for the first time since the fall practice season.

"I felt like we accomplished a lot today," head coach Rick Jones said. "As every year, there's always a lot of enthusiasm on the first day of practice. With such a veteran club, there was less of a learning curve. They know what we expect of them in each drill. Our defense was a little spotty, but with more repetitions, we'll be fine as the ability level takes over. All in all, I thought it was a good day."

Sunday's practice marked the first time Georgia Tech transfer Micah Owings hit the field for the Green Wave as the preseason All-America missed most of the fall session after undergoing precautionary arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the start of fall ball.

The Green Wave returns seven of its top nine hitters and four of its top five pitchers from the 2004 team that finished second in Conference USA, won the NCAA Oxford Super Regional and advanced to the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional. In addition, Tulane's recruiting class ranked fourth-best in the nation by Baseball America and fifth in the country by Collegiate Baseball.

Headlining the list of returners for 2005 is preseason All-American Brian Bogusevic, who earned second-team All-America honors a year ago and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional. Joining Bogusevic on the list of returnees are a quintet of seniors – outfielder Matt Barket, catcher Greg Dini, second baseman Joe Holland, catcher/DH Scott Madden and shortstop Tommy Manzella – as well as position players Tim Guidry, Mark Hamilton and Nathan Southard.

Bogusevic also returns as one of the Green Wave's top pitchers from last year's team, and will be joined by starters J.R. Crowel and Billy Mohl, and bullpen arms Ricky Fairchild, Matt Goebel, Brandon Gomes, Tyler Kimmons, Daniel Latham and Chris Worster.

The list of talented newcomers is highlighted by Owings, who was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a 2003 All-American as a two-way star in two seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Also joining the team for the 2005 season is junior college All-Star Matt Riser, high school All-American Warren McFadden and 2004 MLB draft picks Brad Emaus and Sean Morgan.

The Green Wave opens the 2005 regular season on Friday, Feb. 11 when they open a three-game weekend against Southeast Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For season ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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