Tulane Takes Road To Face C-USA Foe USM

Tulane and Southern Miss open the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m., play again on Saturday at 4 p.m., and 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 ballgame will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to extend its one-game lead in the Conference USA standings over the weekend when the Green Wave travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on C-USA foe Southern Miss in a three-game tilt at Pete Taylor Park.

Tulane and Southern Miss open the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m., play again on Saturday at 4 p.m., and 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 ballgame will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. In addition, live stats will be available via Game Tracker on the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the weekend matchup 33-6 on the year, 12-3 in C-USA play, and winners of 12 of its last 13 games, including an 11-8 victory over arch-rival LSU Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .315 with a .497 slugging percentage courtesy of 88 doubles, seven triples and 46 home runs. Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus leads the team with a .367 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.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.51 ERA and have held opponents to a .248 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 330 strikeouts and just 100 walks in 346.0 innings. Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic leads the team with a 2.60 ERA and 74 strikeouts, while Owings paces the club with 69.2 innings pitched. Sean Morgan and Daniel Latham have been the team's best bullpen arms as Morgan has five wins and five saves, while Latham has six saves and a win in 17 appearances. Southern Miss, meanwhile, comes into the weekend series 27-9 on the year and in third place in the Conference USA standings with a 10-5 league mark.

The Golden Eagles are hitting .318 as a team with a .485 slugging percentage on the strength of 82 doubles, five triples and 41 home runs. Marc Maddox paces the squad with a .386 batting average, followed by Beau Griffin and Trey Sutton with marks of .364 and .349, respectively. Brad Willcutt paces the club with 12 home runs and 55 RBI, while Maddox leads the way with 10 steals in 13 tries.

As a staff, Southern Miss has a 4.71 ERA and has held opponents to a .287 batting average. Golden Eagle hurlers have combined for 276 strikeouts and 107 walks in 321.1 innings of work. Of the active Southern Miss hurlers, Matt Caire paces the Golden Eagles with a 4.06 ERA, Caire and Patrick Ezell are tied for the team lead with five wins each, and Barry Bowden leads the way with 41 strikeouts. Daniel Best has been the main guy out of the bullpen and has seven of Southern Miss' nine saves so far in 2005.

This weekend's games mark the 119th, 120th and 121st meeting between Tulane and Southern Miss on the diamond, and the Green Wave lead the all-time series 76-41-1. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 30-14 vs. Southern Miss, including a three-game sweep of the Eagles last year at Turchin Stadium.

Following the weekend showdown in Hattiesburg, Miss., the Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, April 26, when they play 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.


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