Tulane To Battle UAB In C-USA Series

Tulane holds a 23-6 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 20-6 vs. UAB, but the Blazers took three of four from the Green Wave last season, including a 10-4 decision in the opening round of the 2004 Conference USA Tournament

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to climb back atop the Conference USA standings over the weekend when the Green Wave play host to league foe UAB beginning Friday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.

The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the weekend out on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will also be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. In addition, live stats for all three ballgames are available through Game Tracker live on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the weekend series vs. conference foe UAB 22-5 on the year and 4-2 in C-USA action. The Green Wave have won their last two games, including a 3-1 win Tuesday night at Nicholls State.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .302 with a .483 slugging percentage courtesy of 57 doubles, three triples and 34 home runs. Senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden leads the team with a .391 batting average, while junior centerfiedler Nathan Southard is next with a .346 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with seven home runs, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the club with 25 RBI.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.83 ERA and have held opponents to a .257 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 220 strikeouts and just 64 walks. Brian Bogusevic paces the team in ERA with a 2.76 mark and in innings pitched with 49.0 frames. Sean Morgan and Daniel Latham have been the team's best bullpen arms as Morgan has four wins and three saves, while Latham paces the club with four saves in 13 appearances.

UAB, meanwhile, comes into the three-game showdown 18-7 on the year, and like Tulane, 4-2 in Conference USA action. The Blazers dropped two of three last weekend at Houston, but won 14-4 Wednesday night over Samford.br>
The Blazers are hitting .297 as a team with a .463 slugging percentage on the strength of 51 doubles, nine triples and 24 home runs. Clint Toomey paces the squad with a .397 batting average, followed by Phillip Bell and Seth Rollin with marks of .356 and .309, respectively. Nathan McCorkle leads the team with six home runs while Zac Ward paces the squad with 27 RBI.

As a staff, UAB has a 3.86 ERA and has held opponents to a .274 batting average in 224.0 innings of work. Blazer hurlers have combined for 185 strikeouts and 79 walks. Jeff Brown paces UAB with a 4.06 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 44.1 innings pitched. Eric Roberts has been the main guy out of the bullpen with six of the Blazers' eight saves so far in 2005.

This weekend's games mark the 30th, 31st and 32nd times the Green Wave and Blazers meet on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 23-6 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 20-6 vs. UAB, but the Blazers took three of four from the Green Wave last season, including a 10-4 decision in the opening round of the 2004 Conference USA Tournament.

For ticket information to this weekend's games, as well as future Green Wave sporting events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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