Wave Baseball To Battle Nicholls St. On the Bayou

Following a 2-2 week, the Green Wave remain in the Top 5 in the latest Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls, released Monday. Tulane is currently third in the Collegiate Baseball poll and are ranked No. 4 by Baseball America

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will close out a four-game road swing on Tuesday, March 29, when the Green Wave travel to Thibodaux, La., to take on Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Ray E. Didier Field.

Tulane will be looking to shake off a 2-1 Conference USA series loss over the weekend at Louisville and improve on a 21-5 overall record in 2005. The game will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM.

As a team, the Green Wave enter the midweek matchup with the Colonels hitting .306 with a .494 slugging percentage courtesy of 57 doubles, three triples and 34 home runs. Senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden leads the team with a .385 batting average, and rookie third baseman Brad Emaus and junior centerfiedler Nathan Southard are next with .360 clips. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with seven home runs, while Emaus and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella lead the club with 24 RBI each.

Nicholls State, meanwhile, comes into the Tuesday night showdown 14-11 on the year, and fresh off a 2-1 series victory over Southland Conference foe Southeastern Louisiana in Thibodaux.

The Colonels are hitting .308 as a team with a .426 slugging percentage on the strength of 56 doubles, four triples and 13 home runs. Bubba Bell paces the squad with a .407 batting average, followed by Anthony Hatch and Michael Roberts with marks of .400 and .333, respectively. Hatch leads the team with six home runs and 29 RBI, and Bell paces the squad with nine stolen bases.

Junior southpaw J.R. Crowel will take the mound for Tulane, and will be matched up with rookie left-hander Justin Breaux. Crowel leads the Green Wave with six wins in 2005, and sports a 6.54 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31.2 innings of work. Breaux, meanwhile, has started five of his six appearances as a freshman, and has an 0-2 record, 11.68 ERA, nine strikeouts and 12 walks in 12.1 innings of work.

Tuesday night's game in Thibodaux marks the 61st time the Green Wave and Colonels have met on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 39-21 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 19-5 vs. Nicholls State, including victories in the last nine meetings. The last time the Colonels defeated the Green Wave was in the first of three meetings back in 2000, when Nicholls claimed a 9-8 decision on Feb. 22 at Ray E. Didier Field.

Following the midweek matchup at Nicholls State, the Green Wave returns to action on Friday, April 1, when they take on Conference USA foe UAB for the first of a three-game series at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the weekend out on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

POLL UPDATE: Following a 2-2 week, the Green Wave remain in the Top 5 in the latest Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls, released Monday. Tulane is currently third in the Collegiate Baseball poll and are ranked No. 4 by Baseball America.


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