NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Green Wave will look to remain perfect in Conference USA play when the Tulane University baseball team travels to the Bluegrass State to take on league foe Louisville in a three-game weekend series at Cardinal Stadium.
The two teams get the weekend started on Friday, March 25, at 5 p.m., play again on Saturday at 12 p.m., and close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon. All three games will be broadcast live on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. Live stats will be available via the internet on Game Tracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
Tulane enters the weekend 20-3 on the year and
3-0 in Conference USA action after sweeping defending champ East Carolina in the league opener and downing Northwestern State, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .311 with a .503 slugging percentage courtesy of 49 doubles, three triples and 31 home runs. Junior centerfielder Nathan Southard and senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden are tied for the team lead with .395 batting averages, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella is next with a .344 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with seven home runs, and Manzella leads the club with 24 RBI.
From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.89 ERA and have held opponents to a .257 batting average. Brian Bogusevic paces the team in ERA with a 3.07 mark and is tied for the team lead in innings pitched with 41.0 frames. Rookie Sean Morgan has been the team's best bullpen arm and has three wins and three of the Green Wave's eight saves so far in 2005.
Louisville, meanwhile, comes into the Green Wave series 12-6 on the year, and like Tulane, rolled through its conference-opening weekend with a three-game sweep of Cincinnati.
The Cardinals are hitting .284 as a team with a .391 slugging percentage on the strength of 28 doubles, three triples and 10 home runs. Boomer Whiting paces the squad with a .394 batting average, followed by J.T. LaFountain and Nick Haley with marks of .349 and .329, respectively. LaFountain leads the team with five home runs and 17 RBI, and Whiting is a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases.
As a staff, Louisville has a 4.06 ERA and has held opponents to a .261 batting average in 155.0 innings of work. Cardinal hurlers have combined for 107 strikeouts and 60 walks. Trystan Magnuson paces U of L with a 1.45 ERA and 16 strikeouts, and Skylar Meade paces the club with three wins. Brain Halford has two of the Cards' three saves.
This weekend's games will mark the 61st, 62nd and 63rd times Tulane and Louisville will square off on the diamond, and the Green Wave lead the all-time series, 42-17-1. Under 12th-year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 26-10-1 vs. Louisville, including a 2-1 series win last April 9-10 at Turchin Stadium.
Following the weekend in Kentucky, the Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, March 29, when they close out a four-game road swing in Thibodaux, La., where Tulane will take on Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Ray E. Didier Field.
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