Tulane Claims No. 1 Spot In Three Polls

4 players earn weekly honors: Manzella, Mohl sweep C-USA weekly honors while Crowel, Mohl and Latham earn national acclaim

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Tulane senior shortstop Tommy Manzella was named Conference USA Player of the Week, junior right-hander Billy Mohl earned C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Week recognition, and the trio of J.R. Crowel, Mohl and Daniel Latham claimed Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors by Collegiate Baseball, the respective organizations announced Monday.

In addition, the Tulane team maintained its stronghold on the No. 1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in both the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Green Wave also leaped from No. 3 to No. 2 in the most recent Baseball America standings. With the trio of No. 1 rankings this week, Tulane has now held the top spot in all four national polls, including the preseason No. 1 ranking by Baseball America.

Manzella claimed his first C-USA weekly honor of the season and second of his career after hitting .421 for the week (8-for-19) with a .789 slugging percentage on the strength of two doubles, a triple and a home run. He had at least one hit in all four games last week, including a 4-for-7 showing in Friday's 12-inning win at USF when he hit a grand slam in the fifth and the game-winning RBI-single in the 12th.

He also posted a 2-for-4 performance in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, ripping a double and a triple while scoring a pair of runs. Manzella also showed good speed on the basepaths in the nightcap with a pair of stolen bases. For the week, he posted a .476 on-base percentage with two walks and just one strikeout in 21 plate appearances.

Mohl, meanwhile, earned the first C-USA Pitcher of the Week title of his career after coming out of the bullpen to claim a pair of wins in 8.1 scoreless innings, striking out eight with no walks and giving up just a pair of hits. Tuesday vs. cross-town foe UNO, he tossed 6.0 shutout frames, striking out three from the third through eight innings.

In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, Mohl was called on to put out the fire of a two-on, two-out situation in the eighth. He responded by striking out the only man he faced in the inning, and fanned a pair in both the ninth and 10th innings to earn his second "W" of the week. Mohl shared the C-USA Pitcher of the Week title with TCU's Lance Broadway, who fanned 12 in a complete-game effort over Houston on Friday to earn his NCAA-leading 10th victory.

The three-armed monster of Crowel, Mohl and Latham, meanwhile, combined to toss a no-hitter vs. Nicholls State on Tuesday, April 26. Crowel started the contest with a pair of perfect frames before giving way to Mohl, who kept the Colonels off the board over the next six frames. From there, Latham came on and struck out the first two men he faced before getting come-back grounder to the mound to claim his seventh save of the year.

The trio threw just 98 pitches in a game that was three minutes shy of the two-hour mark, and came a hit batsmen with two out in the eight from a perfect game. The first no-hitter was the first by a Tulane team since Josh Bobbitt accomplished the feat in a seven-inning, 7-0 victory over New York Tech on March 8, 1998.

Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, May 3, when the take on cross-town foe UNO in the final midweek contest of the season at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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