No. 1 Tulane Heads Upriver For Showdown With LSU

Following the game in Baton Rouge, Tulane returns to action on Friday, March 13, when the Green Wave open a three-game series with defending national champion Cal State Fullerton at 6:30 p.m. in Turchin Stadium. Tulane and the Titans will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zephyr Field, and will close out the weekend back on campus at 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The top-ranked Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Tuesday, March 8, when the Green Wave travel to Baton Rouge to take on arch-rival LSU at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium.

The game against the Tigers, who are ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation, will be televised live on Cox Sports Television (local channel 37) and the game will also be broadcast on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM. In addition, livestats will be provided on the internet via Game Tracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane (13-1) will send sophomore right-hander Brandon Gomes to the mound where he will be matched up with Tigers' (11-3) junior righty Justin Meier. Gomes will be making his third start of the year, and brings impressive credentials into the contest with a 1-0 record and a 3.12 ERA in 17.1 innings of work. Meier, meanwhile, will be making his first start and fourth appearance of the season, and has a 4.05 ERA and 3.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio (11-3) in 6.2 frames.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .323 with a .512 slugging percentage courtesy of 26 doubles, two triples and 20 home runs. Senior catcher/designated hitter Scott Madden leads the team with a .467 batting average, while senior outfielder Matt Barket ranks second on the club with a .389 mark. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings, who hammered four home runs in four games last week, leads the Green Wave with six round trippers, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella paces the squad with 16 RBI.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a sparkling 2.57 ERA and have limited opponents to a .225 batting average. Brian Bogusevic paces the team in ERA with a 0.90 mark in a team-best 30.0 innings of work. Tulane's bullpen has been nearly perfect so far in 2005 with a 0.54 ERA in 33.1 innings, and rookie Sean Morgan leads the team with three saves.

LSU comes into Tuesday night's showdown 11-3 on the year and fresh off a series win over UAB at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers won the first two games 12-6 and 7-3, but dropped the finale to the Blazers, 4-3.

The Tigers are hitting .293 as a team with a .449 slugging percentage on the strength of 29 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. Clay Harris paces the squad with a .400 batting average, followed by Ryan Patterson and Nick Stavinoha with marks of .380 and .333, respectively. Stavinoha paces LSU with three home runs and 18 RBI, while Harris is tied second in both categories with two and 12, respectively.

As a staff, LSU has a 3.27 ERA and has allowed opponents to hit at a .234 clip in 124.0 innings. Tiger hurlers have combined for 124 strikeouts and just 46 walks. Clay Dirks paces the Tigers with four wins, and Lane Mestepey leads the squad with a 1.42 ERA. Jordan Faircloth has two of LSU's four saves with 5.1 innings of shutout relief.

Tuesday night's game marks the 286th meeting between Tulane and LSU on the diamond, and the Tigers lead the all-time series 162-120-3. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 13-16 vs. LSU, but has a winning record against the Tigers since 1999 (10-9).

Following the game in Baton Rouge, Tulane returns to action on Friday, March 13, when the Green Wave open a three-game series with defending national champion Cal State Fullerton at 6:30 p.m. in Turchin Stadium. Tulane and the Titans will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zephyr Field, and will close out the weekend back on campus at 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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