No.1 Green Wave Heads West For Pepperdine Series

Tulane and Pepperdine will open the series on Friday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. (CST) while playing Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. (CST). Friday and Saturday's contests can be heard live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, while Saturday's ballgame will be carried on WTIX AM 690. Live stats for all three games are available on the internet via Game Tracker on www.tulanegreenwave.com

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The No. 1 ranked Tulane University baseball team will hit the road for the first time in 2005 when the Green Wave heads to Malibu, Calif., to take on Pepperdine in a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Tulane and Pepperdine will open the series on Friday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. (CST) while playing Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. (CST). Friday and Saturday's contests can be heard live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, while Saturday's ballgame will be carried on WTIX AM 690. Live stats for all three games are available on the internet via Game Tracker on www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the weekend series at Pepperdine 7-0 on the year after sweeping Southeast Missouri State to open the year, downing McNeese State last Tuesday and taking all three games from No. 11 Arizona State last weekend.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .307 with a .514 slugging percentage courtesy of 13 doubles, one triple and 10 home runs. Senior outfielder Matt Barket paces the team with a .400 batting average and nine RBI, while sophomore Mark Hamilton is second with a .381 mark and eight RBI while tallying a team-best three home runs.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a sparkling 1.57 ERA and have limited opponents to a .200 batting average. Five pitchers - 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 of the season, with 13 and 11, respectively, and Morgan paces the team with a pair of saves.

Pepperdine comes into the weekend 5-4 on the year and riding the crest of a series victory last weekend at Houston. The Waves had a game slated for Tuesday vs. UC-Irvine, but rain on the West Coast forced the game to be rescheduled.

The Waves are hitting .296 as a team with a .413 slugging percentage on the strength of 21 doubles and six home runs. Steve Kleen paces the squad with a .405 average, followed by Chad Tracy and Luke Salas with marks of .390 and .342, respectively. Kleen leads Peperdine in home runs and RBI with three homers and 14 driven in.

As a staff, Pepperdine has a 6.00 ERA and have allowed opponents to hit at a .299 clip in 81.0 innings. Waves hurlers have combined for 61 strikeouts and 41 walks. Paul Coleman leads the Waves with a 3.60 ERA and Kea Kometano paces Pepperdine with 12 strikeouts.

This weekend's games will mark the 13th, 14th and 15th times Tulane and Pepperdine will meet on the diamond, and the Green Wave hold a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Green Wave have played the Waves in weekend series in each of the past four seasons, and Tulane has won the last two, including a 2-1 series victory last season at Turchin Stadium. The last time Tulane played Pepperdine in Malibu was back in 2002 and the Waves won two of three.

Following the weekend series in Southern California, Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, March 1, when the Green Wave battles cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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