No.1 Tulane To Battle UNO Tuesday At Turchin

Tulane remained the No.1 team in the latest Baseball America poll and held steady at No. 2 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball, according to the polls release Monday. In addition, the Green Wave climbed one spot – from No. 4 to No. 3 – in the most recent Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The No.1 ranked Tulane University baseball team will look to keep the momentum of a hot start rolling on Tuesday, March 1, when the Green Wave play host to cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.

Tuesday's showdown is the first of a three-game, regular-season series with the Privateers as the two teams will battle again on April 5 at Maestri Field on the UNO campus, and again on May 3 at Zephyr Field. Game one of the UNO series will be aired live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM and live stats are available through Game Tracker on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

The Green Wave will send junior southpaw J.R. Crowel to the mound, and he will be matched up against fellow lefty Ryan Meyer, a sophomore for the Privateers. Crowel's first two appearances of the year came in a Sunday starting capacity, and he enters the game 2-0 on the year with a 4.91 ERA. Meyer, meanwhile, will be making his fourth start of 2005, and has an 0-1 record to go along with a 2.60 ERA.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup vs. UNO 9-1 on the year after taking two of three from Pepperdine last weekend in Malibu, Calif. The Green Wave won game one of the series, 3-0, dropped the Saturday contest, 5-2, and bounced back to take the rubber game on Sunday, 7-6.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .296 with a .461 slugging percentage courtesy of 15 doubles, one triple and 12 home runs. Senior catcher/designated hitter Scott Madden lead the team with a .467 batting average, while senior outfielder Matt Barket ranks second on the club with a .400 mark. Barket leads the Green Wave with 10 RBI, and sophomore Mark Hamilton tops the squad with three home runs.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a sparkling 2.22 ERA and have limited opponents to a .211 batting average. Brian Bogusevic paces the team in ERA with a 0.39 mark in a team-best 23.0 innings of work. Tulane's bullpen has been perfect so far in 2005 with a 0.00 ERA, and rookie Sean Morgan leads the team with three saves.

UNO comes into Tuesday's meeting 3-6 on the year and riding the crest of a series victory last weekend vs. UMass at Maestri Field. The Privateers won the first two games 3-2 and 14-0 before dropping the finale, 4-3, on Sunday.

The Privateers are hitting .245 as a team with a .330 slugging percentage on the strength of nine doubles, a triple and five home runs. Patrick Rose paces the squad with a .571 average, followed by Josh Jones and Paul Smith with marks of .368 and .313, respectively. Brandon Bowser leads UNO in home runs and RBI with two long balls and eight driven in.

As a staff, UNO pitchers have a 4.78 ERA and have allowed opponents to hit at a .273 clip in 79.0 innings. Privateer hurlers have combined for 49 strikeouts and just 19 walks.

Tuesday's game marks the 109th time Tulane and UNO will meet on the diamond, and the Green Wave hold a 60-48 advantage in the all-time series. The Privateers, however, won the season series last season with a wins on Feb. 17 at Maestri Field (4-1) and on April 13 (6-4) at Zephyr Field. Tulane won last year's game at Turchin Stadium, 5-0, on March 9.

Following Tuesday night's game, the Green Wave will host Marist in a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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