Tulane To Battle Billikins In Weekend Series

The Green Wave, 42-8 overall and 19-5 in C-USA play, hold a two-game lead in the league standings over current conference runner-up TCU, and have a chance to extend their lead over the weekend before hosting the Horned Frogs in the regular-season's final games from May 19-21 at Turchin Stadium

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Friday, May 13, when the Green Wave open a three-game series vs. Conference USA foe Saint Louis at 7 p.m. at the Billiken Sports Center.

The Green Wave, 42-8 overall and 19-5 in C-USA play, hold a two-game lead in the league standings over current conference runner-up TCU, and have a chance to extend their lead over the weekend before hosting the Horned Frogs in the regular-season's final games from May 19-21 at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane and Saint Louis play the remainder of the weekend on Saturday and Sunday with both games slated to begin at 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. In addition, live stats for the weekend's ballgames are available on the internet via Game Tracker on ww.tulanegreenwave.com.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .316 with a .496 slugging percentage courtesy of 113 doubles, eight triples and 60 home runs. Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the team with a .370 batting average, and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus is next with a .349 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with 14 home runs, while Manzella leads the club with 49 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.86 ERA and have held opponents to a .253 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 434 strikeouts and just 139 walks in 445.1 innings. Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic leads the team with a 2.87 ERA and 89.0 innings pitched, while Owings paces the club with 91 strikeouts. Sean Morgan and Daniel Latham have been the team's best bullpen arms as Morgan has six wins and five saves, while Latham has eight saves and a win in 23 appearances.

Saint Louis, meanwhile, comes into the weekend matchup 12-35 on the year, 7-17 in Conference USA and looking to clinch a berth in the C-USA tournament.

The Billikens are hitting .265 as a team with a .370 slugging percentage on the strength of 87 doubles, nine triples and 22 home runs. Johnny Sweeney paces the squad with a .328 batting average, followed by Pat Steinhoff and Scott Peden with marks of .299 and .298, respectively. Peden leads the team with 12 home runs and 46 RBI, and Patrick Valdez has a SLU-best 14 stolen bases.

As a staff, Saint Louis has a 7.07 ERA and has allowed opponents to post a .319 batting average. Billiken hurlers have combined for 263 strikeouts and 244 walks in 412.2 innings of work. Ryan Bird paces the Billikens with four wins, a 3.84 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 82.0 innings pitched. B.J. Rodrigue paces the club with 20 appearances and has four of the team's seven saves so far in 2005.

This weekend's games mark the 43rd, 44th and 45th times the Green Wave and Billikens meet on the diamond, and Tulane holds a 35-7 advantage in the all-time series. Under 12th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 24-6 vs. Saint Louis, including a three-game sweep last year at Turchin Stadium.


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