Tulane faces Nicholls State At Turchin Tuesday

Following Tuesday's game against the Colonels, the Green Wave return to action on Friday, April 29, when they travel to Tampa, Fla., to open a three-game Conference USA series at USF beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT). The two teams will battle again on Saturday at noon, and Tulane and USF will close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 11 a.m

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Tuesday, April 25, when the Green Wave go for the season sweep of in-state foe Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.

The Green Wave have seven regular-season sweeps to their credit already in 2005, and could make it eight with a victory on Tuesday. In the previous two meetings this season, Tulane defeated Nicholls State 3-1 on March 29 in Thibodaux, and 11-1 in seven innings on April 12 at Turchin Stadium.

Tuesday's ballgame will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and live stats will once again be provided via Game Tracker on line at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup 35-7 on the year and winners of 16 of its last 18 games. The Green Wave are coming off a big 2-1 series win at Conference USA foe Southern Miss, but will be looking to put a 10-0, seven-inning loss in the series finale far in the rearview mirror.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .313 with a .500 slugging percentage courtesy of 99 doubles, seven triples and 51 home runs. Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus leads the team with a .364 batting average, and senior first baseman/catcher Scott Madden is next, hitting at a .352 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with 11 home runs, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the club with 39 RBI.

Nicholls State, meanwhile, comes into Tuesday night's matchup 19-23 on the year, but has won three of its last five games, including an 8-7 decision over Southland Conference foe Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday.

The Colonels are hitting .286 as a team with a .389 slugging percentage on the strength of 79 doubles, six triples and 18 home runs. Bubba Bell paces the squad with a .405 batting average, followed by Thomas Bourne and Jose Higuera with marks of .318 and .295, respectively. Bell leads the team in the triple crown categories with four home runs and 46 RBI, and also paces the club with 20 stolen bases.

The game will feature the mound matchup of Tulane's J.R. Crowel and Nicholls' Ray Labat. Crowel comes into the game 8-0 on the year with a 4.17 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. Labat, meanwhile, enters Tuesday's contest 3-2 and sporting a 5.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.

Tuesday night's game vs. Nicholls State marks the 63rd time the Green Wave and Colonels have met on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 41-21 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 21-5 vs. Nicholls State, including victories in the last 11 meetings.

Following Tuesday's game against the Colonels, the Green Wave return to action on Friday, April 29, when they travel to Tampa, Fla., to open a three-game Conference USA series at USF beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT). The two teams will battle again on Saturday at noon, and Tulane and USF will close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 11 a.m.

POLL UPDATE: On the heels of a 3-1 week that saw Tulane defeat arch-rival LSU, 11-8, on Tuesday night at Zephyr Field and take a 2-1 series win over Conference USA foe Southern Miss over the weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss., the Green Wave held steady in three polls and moved up in another, according to the latest Top 25 polls released Monday. For the third consecutive week, Tulane stands as the No. 1 team in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, while remaining No. 2 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Poll and No. 3 in the Baseball America Poll. Tulane also jumped one spot in the most recent Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll, leaping from No. 3 to No. 2.


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