Tulane Regains No. 1 Ranking In Latest Poll

Micah Owings was the hero at Charlotte. Drawing his fourth consecutive Friday night start on the mound, Owings posted a career-best 12 strikeouts and scattered four hits in 8.0 innings to earn the win in a 13-0 victory over the 49ers. He then made his presence felt at the plate, going 7-for-8 (.875) in the final two games to lead the Green Wave to their first road sweep since April 20-22, 2001

NEW ORLEANS, La.–On the strength of a 4-0 week that saw the Green Wave win a midweek showdown at cross-town foe UNO and sweep Conference USA opponent Charlotte over the weekend, the Tulane University baseball team claimed the No. 1 ranking in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, released Monday.

The top billing is the second of the season for the Green Wave as Tulane opened the year as the No. 1 team according to Baseball America and held that spot for the first four weeks of the season. Tulane, which was ranked fourth in the preseason by Collegiate Baseball, is currently No. 3 in the latest Baseball America poll.

In addition, junior southpaw J.R. Crowel was named Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week by the league office. A native of Boynton Beach, Fla., Crowel struck out a career-high 10 batters while scattering just three singles in Tulane's 6-0 win over UNO Tuesday night at Maestri Field.

In Tuesday's game at UNO, Crowel faced just five more than the minimum in the game, and posted six three-up, three-down frames. For the season, Crowel is 6-0 with a 4.37 ERA. In his last 29.1 innings, however, Crowel has a 0.61 ERA after giving up just two runs and 13 hits while striking out 24.

Crowel's performance sparked a 4-0 week for Tulane, as the Green Wave improved to 29-5 on the year and claimed sole possession of the C-USA lead at 10-2. The 29-5 mark is the best start in Tulane baseball history, eclipsing the former mark of 28-6 when the Green Wave went 56-13 and advanced to the 2001 College World Series.

For the week, Tulane hit .346 (53-for-153) with a .542 slugging percentage on the strength of 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs. From the mound, the Green Wave continued its dominance as the staff posted a 1.75 ERA and held opponents to a .194 batting average (25-for-129) while striking out 39 and walking 10 in 36.0 innings of work.

While Crowel was the headliner in the midweek win at UNO, junior utility athlete Micah Owings was the hero at Charlotte. Drawing his fourth consecutive Friday night start on the mound, Owings posted a career-best 12 strikeouts and scattered four hits in 8.0 innings to earn the win in a 13-0 victory over the 49ers.

He then made his presence felt at the plate, going 7-for-8 (.875) in the final two games to lead the Green Wave to their first road sweep since April 20-22, 2001 when the Green Wave took all three games from Southern Miss at Pete Taylor Park. Owings was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, a two-run homer and a pair of RBI in Saturday's 6-5 thriller, and went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Sunday's 8-3 decision.

Crowel, Owings and the Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, April 12, when Tulane plays host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


Tulane Insider Top Stories