No. 1 Tulane Battles No. 11 Arizona State

This weekend's games will mark the fifth, sixth and seventh times Tulane and Arizona State will meet on the diamond, and the Sun Devils hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, Tulane won the series-opener, 5-3 on March 13 in Tempe, but dropped the next two games, 11-3 and 5-1. In their only meeting prior to the 2004 season, Arizona State defeated Tulane, 9-2, on March 27 at the 1974 Riverside Baseball Invitational in Riverside, Calif

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The top-ranked Tulane University baseball team will play the first of four opponents ranked in the preseason Top 25 over the weekend when the Green Wave take on No. 11 Arizona State at Turchin Stadium on Friday and Sunday, and at Zephyr Field on Saturday.

Saturday's game is one of four Tulane will play at "The Shrine on Airline" during the 2005 season as the Green Wave will battle defending national championship Cal State Fullerton (March 12), arch-rival LSU (April 19) and cross-town foe UNO (May 3) at the home of the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Friday's game will be broadcast live on WTIX AM 690, and Saturday's game will be on WRBH 88.3 FM. All three games will be broadcast live on the internet and live stats via GameTracker are available at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters this weekends' series with Arizona State 4-0 on the season after sweeping Southeast Missouri State to open the year and claiming a 3-0 decision over McNeese State on Tuesday.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .281 with a .505 slugging percentage courtesy of six doubles and seven home runs over the first four games of the year. Sophomore Mark Hamilton paces the Green Wave in the triple-crown categories with a .500 batting average, three homers and eight RBI. Senior outfielder Matt Barket ranks second on the squad, hitting .471 while driving in four, and junior Micah Owings is right behind Hamilton with a pair of home runs.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a sparkling 1.25 ERA and have limited opponents to a .171 batting average. Six pitchers - Brian Bogusevic, Brandon Gomes, Ricky Fairchild, Daniel Latham, Billy Mohl and Sean Morgan - have flawless ERAs. Bogusevic and Gomes both had 10-plus strikeout performances in their first starts – with 13 and 11, respectively – and Morgan paces the team with a pair of saves.

Arizona State, meanwhile, comes into the weekend 6-5 on the year and looking to snap a two-game losing streak after dropping a 2-0 decision to Gonzaga on Sunday and a 7-6, 14-inning contest to Arizona on Tuesday night.This weekend's games will mark the fifth, sixth and seventh times Tulane and Arizona State will meet on the diamond, and the Sun Devils hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Last season, Tulane won the series-opener, 5-3 on March 13 in Tempe, but dropped the next two games, 11-3 and 5-1. In their only meeting prior to the 2004 season, Arizona State defeated Tulane, 9-2, on March 27 at the 1974 Riverside Baseball Invitational in Riverside, Calif.

The Sun Devils are hitting .312 as a team with a .433 slugging percentage on the strength of 25 doubles, four triples and three home runs. Joey Hooft paces the squad with a .368 average, followed by Colin Curtis and Tuffy Gosewisch with marks of .350 and .333, respectively. Jeff Larish leads ASU with two home runs, while Curtis paces the club with 11 RBI.

As a staff, Arizona State has a 4.60 ERA but have held opponents to a .279 batting average in 90.0 innings when the Sun Devils struck out 88 while walking just 20. Erik Averill leads the Sun Devils with two wins, and Zechry Zinicola has the lone save of the year so far for ASU.

This weekend's games will mark the fifth, sixth and seventh times Tulane and Arizona State will meet on the diamond, and the Sun Devils hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, Tulane won the series-opener, 5-3 on March 13 in Tempe, but dropped the next two games, 11-3 and 5-1. In their only meeting prior to the 2004 season, Arizona State defeated Tulane, 9-2, on March 27 at the 1974 Riverside Baseball Invitational in Riverside, Calif.

Following the three-game tilt with Arizona State, Tulane will enjoy a short break before returning to action on Friday, Feb. 25 when the Green Wave travel to Malibu, Calif., to open a weekend series with Pepperdine at 4 p.m. (CST) at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

THREE AT THE Z: Tulane is offering a "Three At The Z" ticket package that includes admission to the Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton and LSU contests for $30. If you can not make all three games, two-game ticket packages are available for $25 For more information on "Three At The Z" orders, or for season- and individual-ticket sales, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

ON-CAMPUS PARKING: Green Wave fans are reminded that free parking is available on campus for all Tulane games at Turchin Stadium, including in the Diboll Parking Garage on Ben Weiner Drive. Located just a block away from the front gates, the Diboll Garage is a great on-campus parking option for Tulane baseball.


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