Tulane To Face Privateers At Maestri Field Tuesday

Tuesday's game marks the 110th time the Green Wave and Privateers meet on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 61-48 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 26-16 vs. UNO. After the game at Maestri Field, Tulane and UNO close out the three-game, regular-season series on May 3 at Zephyr Field

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Green Wave will look to make it two in a row vs. the Privateers and improve their overall winning streak to six games when the No. 2 Tulane University baseball team travels across town to take on intra-city rival University of New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. at Maestri Field.

Tulane defeated UNO in the first of a three-game regular-season series, 15-9 back on March 1 at Turchin Stadium. The Privateers, however, won last year's meeting at Maestri Field, 4-1. Game two of the series will be broadcast live on the radio at WRBH 88.3 FM.

Tulane enters the UNO game 25-5 on the year and riding the crest of a five-game winning streak, including a weekend sweep of Conference USA foe UAB at Turchin Stadium.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .312 with a .491 slugging percentage courtesy of 65 doubles, four triples and 36 home runs. Senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden leads the team with a .394 batting average, and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus is next with a .369 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with eight home runs, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the club with 29 RBI.

UNO, meanwhile, comes into the midweek matchup vs. Tulane 8-18 on the year and riding the high of back-to-back weekends that saw the Privateers record 2-1 series wins over Sun Belt Conference foes Western Kentucky and Florida International.

The Privateers are hitting .269 as a team with a .383 slugging percentage on the strength of 45 doubles, seven triples and 15 home runs. Paul Smyth paces the squad with a .378 batting average, followed by Brandon Bowser and Mike Costantino with marks of .373 and .307, respectively. T.J. Baxter and Alex Webster lead the team with three home runs each, and Bowser paces the squad with 20 RBI.

Tulane will send junior southpaw J.R. Crowel to the mound, and he will be matched up with Privateer right-hander Martin Vergara. Crowel enters the contest with a 5-0 record and a 5.40 ERA to go along with 30 strikeouts and 13 walks in 38.1 innings of work. Vergara, meanwhile, comes into the ballgame 0-4 on the year and sporting a 9.25 ERA, 12 strikeouts and 17 walks in 24.1 frames.

Tuesday's game marks the 110th time the Green Wave and Privateers meet on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 61-48 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 26-16 vs. UNO. After the game at Maestri Field, Tulane and UNO close out the three-game, regular-season series on May 3 at Zephyr Field.

Tickets for Tuesday's Tulane/UNO game can be purchased through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office for just $6. For more information, contact the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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