No. 1 Tulane Hosts C-USA Foe Houston This Weekend

Houston comes into this weekend's games 14-18 on the year, 6-5 in Conference USA play, and looking to bounce back from a tough 2-1 series loss last weekend to Louisville

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to maintain sole possession of first place in the league standings over the weekend when the top-ranked Green Wave play host to Conference USA foe Houston in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Turchin Stadium.

The two teams will battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m., and will close out the weekend 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 be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. In addition, Sunday's ballgame will be televised locally on Cox 10, and live stats to all three contests will be available via GameTracker on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the weekend matchup vs. Conference USA rival Houston 30-5 on the year, 10-2 in C-USA play, and riding the crest of a 10-game winning streak. The Green Wave currently have a one-game lead over TCU (9-3, 22-11) and a two-game advantage over Southern Miss (8-4, 25-7).

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .315 with a .499 slugging percentage courtesy of 81 doubles, six triples and 42 home runs. Senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden leads the team with a .369 batting average, and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus is next with a .363 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with 10 home runs, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the club with 34 RBI.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.51 ERA and have held opponents to a .245 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 300 strikeouts and just 87 walks in 310.0 innings. Brian Bogusevic paces the team with a 2.71 ERA and with 63.0 innings pitched, and junior J.R. Crowel leads the club with a 7-0 record. Sean Morgan and Daniel Latham have been the team's best bullpen arms as Morgan has four wins and five saves, while Latham has a win and four saves in 15 appearances.

Houston comes into this weekend's games 14-18 on the year, 6-5 in Conference USA play, and looking to bounce back from a tough 2-1 series loss last weekend to Louisville.

The Cougars are hitting .282 as a team with a .407 slugging percentage on the strength of 66 doubles, nine triples and 17 home runs. Brad Lincoln paces the squad with a .380 batting average, followed by Kevin Roberts and Travis Tully with marks of .325 and .319, respectively. Dustin Kingsbury leads the team with four home runs and 29 RBI, while Jake Stewart has stolen 11 bases in 13 tries.

As a staff, Houston has a 3.90 ERA and has held opponents to a .260 batting average. Cougar hurlers have combined for 247 strikeouts and 96 walks in 281.2 innings of work. Matt Farington paces Houston with a 2.15 ERA and six wins, while Lincoln paces the club with 50 strikeouts in 57.1 frames. Justin Vaclavik has been the main guy out of the bullpen and has five of the Cougars' six saves so far in 2005.

This weekend's games mark the 22nd, 23rd and 24th meetings between Tulane and Houston on the diamond, and the Cougars hold a slight 16-15 advantage in the all-time series. The Green Wave are 14-13 under 12th-year head coach Rick Jones, but in their last meeting, Houston took two out of three vs. Tulane to close out the 2004 regular season.

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


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