Tulane To Battle NW LA At 1 P.M. Tuesday

After a 4-0 week that included a sweep of No. 25 East Carolina, the Tulane University baseball team claimed one No. 1 ranking and a trio of No. 2 showings in the latest polls released Monday. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association gave the Green Wave top billing this week, while Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll all had the Green Wave second.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Fresh off a three-game weekend sweep of defending Conference USA champion East Carolina, the Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Tuesday, March 22, when the Green Wave take on in-state foe Northwestern State in a "Businessman's Special" at 1 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.

Tuesday's contest marks the first time the Green Wave will host a daytime midweek ballgame in a non-tournament situation since March 15, 2004 when Tulane defeated Stephen F. Austin, 14-9. The game will be broadcast live on the radio at WRBH 88.3 FM, and live stats will be provided via Game Tracker on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup 19-3 on the year and riding the crest of a five-game winning streak. As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .313 with a .502 slugging percentage courtesy of 48 doubles, three triples and 29 home runs.

Junior centerfielder Nathan Southard, who was named C-USA Co-Hitter of the Week on Monday, leads the team with a .398 batting average, and seniors Scott Madden and Tommy Manzella are close behind with marks of .390 and .356, respectively. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces the Green Wave with six home runs, and Manzella leads in RBI with 24.

Northwestern State, meanwhile, comes to New Orleans 18-7 overall and fresh off a sweep of Southeastern Louisiana in the opening weekend of Southland Conference play. The Demons are hitting .289 as a team and have a .413 slugging percentage on the strength of 47 doubles, four triples and 15 home runs.

Andre Vige paces Northwestern State with a .380 batting average while Blake Jones is next with a .377 clip. Jones leads the Demons with three home runs and 25 RBI, and Scott Pittenger has seven stolen bases in 12 attempts.

The game will feature a pair of southpaws as Tulane will send junior J.R. Crowel to the mound where he will be matched up with Demons' senior Rusty Jones. Crowel leads the team with a 4-0 record to accompany 20 strikeouts and six walks in 25.2 innings of work. Jones, meanwhile, brings a 2-0 mark to the hill where he has fanned 12 and walked six in 23.0 frames.

Tuesday's game marks the 12th time Tulane and Northwestern State square off on the diamond, and the Green Wave lead the all-time series, 9-2. Tulane has only played the Demons once under 12th-year head coach Rick Jones, and the Green Wave won that contest, 6-5, on April 13, 1994 at Turchin Stadium.

Following the midweek matchup against Northwestern State, Tulane will hit the road for the second time in 2005 as the Green Wave travel to the Bluegrass State to take on Conference USA foe Louisville in a three-game weekend slate.

POLL UPDATE: After a 4-0 week that included a sweep of No. 25 East Carolina, the Tulane University baseball team claimed one No. 1 ranking and a trio of No. 2 showings in the latest polls released Monday. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association gave the Green Wave top billing this week, while Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll all had the Green Wave second.


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