No. 1 Tulane To Battle UNO Tuesday At Zephyr Field

Tuesday's game is the final game of the cross-town rivalry for 2005 and final non-conference game of the season. Game also marks the 111th time the Green Wave and Privateers have met on the diamond, with Tulane holding a 62-48 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 27-16 vs. UNO, including an 8-5 mark at Zephyr Field.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to remain perfect against teams from the state of Louisiana Tuesday night when the Green Wave take on cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field in the final midweek matchup of the 2005 season.

The Green Wave, which defeated UNO 15-9 on March 1 at Turchin Stadium and 6-0 on April 5 at Maestri Field, are a perfect 9-0 on the year against teams from the state. In addition to Tulane's two wins against the Privateers, the Green Wave swept a three-game, regular-season series from Nicholls State, won both games against LSU, and took single-game decisions over McNeese State and Northwestern State.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and live stats are available on the internet via Game Tracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Tulane enters Tuesday night's game vs. UNO 38-8 and winners of 19 of their last 22 games, including a 2-1 series victory over the weekend at USF.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .309 with a .492 slugging percentage courtesy of 107 doubles, eight triples and 55 home runs. Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the team with a .358 batting average, and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus is next with a .341 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with 13 home runs, while Manzella leads the club with 45 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

UNO comes into the midweek matchup 13-30 on the year and looking to get back on track after dropping two of three over the weekend to Sun Belt Conference foe New Mexico State.

The Privateers are hitting .276 as a team with a .388 slugging percentage on the strength of 73 doubles, 11 triples and 25 home runs. Brandon Bowser paces the squad with a .365 batting average, followed by Paul Smyth and Josh Jones with marks of .355 and .289, respectively. Alex Webster leads the team with five home runs, Smyth paces the club with 30 RBI, and Bowser has a team-best 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts.

Tulane will send redshirt-sophomore, right-hander Brandon Gomes to the mound for the UNO contest, and he will be matched up with Privateer righty Martin Vergara. Gomes enters the ballgame 5-2 on the year with a 4.86 ERA to go along with 60 strikeouts and just nine walks in 66.2 innings.

Vergara, meanwhile, will make his second straight start against the Green Wave and comes into the contest 1-5 on the year with a 7.91 ERA. In 38.2 innings of work, Vergara has 23 strikeouts and 29 walks, and opponents have connected at a .309 clip against him.

Tuesday's game marks the 111th time the Green Wave and Privateers have met on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 62-48 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 27-16 vs. UNO, including an 8-5 mark at Zephyr Field.

Following Tuesday's game with UNO, The Green Wave return to action on Friday, May 6, when they open a three-game series vs. Conference USA foe Memphis at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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