Tulane Battles Arch-Rival LSU At Zephyr Tuesday

The Green Wave will send junior southpaw J.R. Crowel to the mound, and he will be matched up with Tiger right-hander Brandon Nall. Crowel enters the game 7-0 on the year and sporting a 3.88 ERA to go along with 46 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.1 innings of work. Over his last 39.1 innings, however, Crowel has allowed just 13 hits and two earned runs to compile a 0.51 ERA

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball will continue the oldest series in school history when the top-ranked Green Wave take on arch-rival LSU at 6 p.m. at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.

The game will be broadcast to a national television audience as ESPN2 will carry the game live from "The Shrine on Airline." The Green Wave, which defeated the Tigers 6-2 back on March 8 at Alex Box Stadium, will be playing for its first regular-season sweep of LSU since the 2001 season when Tulane went 56-13, defeated the Bayou Bengals two games to one in the NCAA New Orleans Super Regional and advanced to the College World Series.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup 32-6 on the year and fresh off a big Conference USA series win vs. Houston over the weekend at Turchin Stadium.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .313 with a .495 slugging percentage courtesy of 86 doubles, six triples and 45 home runs. Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus leads the team with a .363 batting average, and senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden is next with a .351 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with 11 home runs, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the club with 37 RBI.

LSU, meanwhile, comes into Tuesday's ballgame 26-12 on the year, and like the Green Wave, claimed a big 2-1 series win over a conference foe as the Tigers downed Ole Miss over the weekend at Alex Box Stadium.The Tigers are hitting .300 as a team with a .493 slugging percentage on the strength of 82 doubles, 13 triples and 52 home runs. Ryan Patterson paces the squad with a .395 batting average, followed by Clay Harris and Nick Stavinoha with marks of .392 and .358, respectively. Patterson leads the team with 13 home runs while Harris paces the club with 38 RBI.

The Green Wave will send junior southpaw J.R. Crowel to the mound, and he will be matched up with Tiger right-hander Brandon Nall. Crowel enters the game 7-0 on the year and sporting a 3.88 ERA to go along with 46 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.1 innings of work. Over his last 39.1 innings, however, Crowel has allowed just 13 hits and two earned runs to compile a 0.51 ERA since the third inning of his Sunday start against Cal State Fullerton on March 13.

Nall, meanwhile, has a 3.98 ERA and a 3-1 record in five appearances, including three starts, in 2005. He has limited opponents to a .194 batting average during his time on the hill, posting eight strikeouts and nine walks in 20.1 innings.

Tuesday night's game marks the 287th meeting between Tulane and LSU on the diamond, and the Tigers lead the all-time series 162-121-3. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 14-16 vs. LSU, but does have a winning record against the Tigers since 1998 (12-10).

Following the game against LSU, Tulane returns to C-USA action when the Green Wave travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on Southern Miss in the first of a three-game weekend series at 6:30 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park. The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 4 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

Poll Update: Following a 3-1 week when Tulane took an 11-1 midweek victory over Nicholls State and won the weekend series vs. C-USA foe Houston, the Green Wave held steady in all three national polls released Monday. Tulane remained No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll while ranking third in both the Baseball America and Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches polls.


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