Tulane Travels North To Battle Charlotte

This weekend's games mark the 50th, 51st and 52nd times the Green Wave and 49ers will meet on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 28-21 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 23-18 vs. Charlotte, including a three-game sweep of the 49ers last year at Turchin Stadium

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to continue climbing the Conference USA standings and the national Top 25, when the Green Wave travel to the Tar Heel State to take on league foe Charlotte beginning on Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m. (CDT) at Tom & Lib Phillips Field.

The Green Wave and 49ers will battle again on Saturday at 1 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. In addition, Sunday's game will be televised locally on Cox 10, and live stats for all the ballgames will be available via Game Tracker on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the weekend Conference USA series at Charlotte 26-5 on the year and riding the crest of a six-game winning streak, including a sweep of C-USA foe UAB last weekend at Turchin Stadium and a 6-0 win vs. cross-town foe UNO on Tuesday at Maestri Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .307 with a .485 slugging percentage courtesy of 66 doubles, four triples and 37 home runs. Senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden leads the team with a .383 batting average, and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus is next with a .361 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with eight home runs, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the club with 30 RBI.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.68 ERA and have held opponents to a .244 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 264 strikeouts and just 78 walks. Brian Bogusevic, paces the team with a 2.78 ERA and with 55.0 innings pitched, and junior J.R. Crowel leads the club with a 6-0 record. Sean Morgan and Daniel Latham have been the team's best bullpen arms as Morgan has four wins and a quartet of saves, while Latham also has four saves in 14 appearances.

Charlotte, meanwhile, comes into the weekend matchup 20-9 on the year, 5-4 in Conference USA play, and riding the high a five-game winning streak that includes a sweep of Saint Louis last weekend at the Billiken Sports Complex and a 4-2 victory over Wofford on Wednesday night.

The 49ers are hitting .299 as a team with a .464 slugging percentage on the strength of 63 doubles, 17 triples and 22 home runs. Adam Willard paces the squad with a .373 batting average, followed by Chris Lane and Mike Ambrose with marks of .364 and .339, respectively. Kris Rochell leads the team with six home runs and 33 RBI, and Willard has 11 steals in 14 attempts.

As a staff, Charlotte has a 4.29 ERA and has held opponents to a .276 batting average in 256.0 innings of work. Forty-niner hurlers have combined for 185 strikeouts and 118 walks. Keith Moreland paces Charlotte with a 2.10 ERA, Adam Mills leads the way with five wins, and both Mills and reliever Erik Walker have 37 strikeouts. Walker has been the main guy out of the bullpen and has seven of the 49ers' 10 saves so far in 2005.

This weekend's games mark the 50th, 51st and 52nd times the Green Wave and 49ers will meet on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 28-21 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 23-18 vs. Charlotte, including a three-game sweep of the 49ers last year at Turchin Stadium.

Following the trip to North Carolina, Tulane returns home on Tuesday, April 12, when the Green Wave play host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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