Green Wave College World Series Notes

Tulane will be making its second trip to the College World Series and its first trip since 2001. In its only previous CWS appearance, the Green Wave dropped a 13-11 decision in the opener to Stanford, defeated Nebraska 6-5 in an elimination game, and concluded the season with an 11-2 loss to Cal State Fullerton

Tulane enters the 2005 College World Series 55-10 on the year, including the Conference USA regular-season championship via a 24-6 league record and a share of the 2005 C-USA Tournament title.

In the NCAA postseason, Tulane went 3-0 in the New Orleans Regional and bounced back from a 9-5 opening-round loss to Rice in the Super Regional to claim back-to-back wins and advance to the College World Series for the second time in school history.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .321 with a .510 slugging percentage courtesy of 161 doubles, eight triples and 82 home runs. Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella leads the team with a .356 batting average, and junior centerfielder Nathan Southard is next with a .355 clip. Junior utility athlete Micah Owings paces Tulane with 18 home runs and 63 RBI, while Manzella paces the club with 21 stolen bases.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.84 ERA and have held opponents to a .254 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 559 strikeouts and just 174 walks in 576.1 innings.

Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic leads the team with a 3.14 ERA and 123.1 innings pitched, while Owings paces the club with 131 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 12 saves and a pair of wins in 29 appearances.

Tulane will be making its second trip to the College World Series and its first trip since 2001. In its only previous CWS appearance, the Green Wave dropped a 13-11 decision in the opener to Stanford, defeated Nebraska 6-5 in an elimination game, and concluded the season with an 11-2 loss to Cal State Fullerton.

While its been four full seasons since Tulane played in Omaha, there is one player player left from the 2001 club on the Green Wave roster as fifth-year senior Scott Madden was a true freshman on that team and started all three CWS games behind the plate. Madden received a medical redshirt in 2003, and after completing his bachelor's degree last year, decided to return for the 2005 season.

Tulane advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history after defeating No. 7 Rice two games to one in last week's NCAA New Orleans Super Regional at Turchin Stadium.

Playing a Super Regional at the on-campus stadium for the first time in school history, the Green Wave got off to a rocky start as Rice jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in game one on June 11 en route to a 9-5 victory, but the Green Wave bounced back to win the final two contests, 7-0 and 9-6, to claim its second Super Regional title.

For the series, Tulane hit .327 (35-for-107) with a .467 slugging percentage courtesy of 12 doubles and a home run while driving in 19 runs. The pitching staff, meanwhile, posted a 4.00 ERA and limited the Owls to a .272 batting average (28-for-103) while striking out 18 and walking five.

After winning the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Super Regional, the Tulane University baseball team held steady atop the Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Polls.

Tulane holds the top spot in all four polls for the third consecutive week, marking the first time in school history that the Green Wave have accomplished that feat. In addition, Tulane enters the 2005 College World Series as the No. 1 National Seed and looks to become the second top seeded team since seeding began in 1999 to win a national championship. The lone No. 1 National Seed to do that was Miami, which claimed the No. 1 spot in 1999.

While Tulane is making its second College World Series appearance in school history and first since 2001, the Green Wave have a trio of players with CWS experience. Senior outfielder Matt Barket and senior catcher Greg Dini were on College World Series rosters as freshmen and sophomores at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 2002 and 2003, and after transfering to Tulane prior to last season, will be making their first trip to Omaha in a Tulane uniform.

Senior Scott Madden, however is the lone holdover from Tulane's inaugural trip to the College World Series.

Madden was a postseason star in 2001 when he earned Conference USA and NCAA New Orleans Regional All-Tournament honors, started all three games behind the plate in the Super Regional and again in all three World Series contests. Madden missed almost all of the 2003 season with an ankle injury, and returned as a redshirt junior last season before deciding to remain on the team as a fifth-year senior in 2005.

While Tulane has just three student-athletes making a return trip to Omaha, all four Green Wave coaches have been to the College World Series at least once.

Rick Jones, who is in his 12th season at the helm of the Green Wave program, is back for his second CWS appearance with Tulane, as is pitching coach Chad Sutter, who was the volunteer assistant in 2001.

Current volunteer coach Matthew Boggs will be making his first appearance in Omaha as a coach, but played in the 2002 College World Series as a fifth-year senior at Georgia Tech. Associate head coach Mark Kingston, meanwhile, is making his third trip to the College World Series after playing in the event as a freshman at North Carolina in 1988, and serving as an assistant coach for the University of Miami during the Hurricanes' march to the national championship in 2001.

In addition, Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson was a member of the 1971 Tulsa University baseball team that made an appearance in the College World Series. Tulsa was eliminated by eventual-national champion Southern Cal.

The stat sheet reads like a small child trying to impress someone with how high they can count - 353, 354, 355, 356. Instead, those numbers represent the batting averages of Scott Madden, Micah Owings, Nathan Southard and Tommy Manzella, respectively.

In the past, Tulane teams have usually featured that one "star" player that fans stopped what they were doing whenever he came to bat. This year, however, it has been someone new almost every day to deliver the game-winning hit or make the highlight-reel play to saved a lead late in the game.

Seven of the nine position starters in Monday's Super Regional championship game are hitting .320 or better, eight players on the postseason roster have at least 40 RBI, and six have scored at least 45 runs. That team effort is a big reason why Tulane is where it is today - in the 2005 College World Series.

Tulane has faced just one of the seven other teams participating in the 2005 College World Series, as the Green Wave swept a three-game series from Arizona State on Feb. 18-20 in New Orleans. All-time, Tulane is 21-24 vs. the CWS field, including an 8-13 mark against the Green Wave's side of the bracket (2-0 vs. Oregon State, 3-3 vs. Baylor and 3-10 vs. Texas). In addition, Tulane is 6-3 vs. Tennessee, 2-0 vs. Nebraska, 4-3 vs. Arizona State and 1-5 vs. Florida.

Under 12th-year coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 5-3 vs. the 2005 CWS teams with a 4-2 mark vs. Arizona State, a 1-0 record vs. Nebraska, and an 0-1 showing vs. Texas.

Probable Tulane Starters
P Name B/T BA HR RBI Player Note
C Greg Dini R/R .295 6 50 2nd-Team All-Conference USA selection
1B Micah Owings R/R .354 18 63 Conference USA Player of the Year
or Scott Madden R/R .353 4 45 Lone holdover from the 2001 CWS team
2B Joe Holland R/R .292 6 30 One of five seniors on 2005 roster
or Cat Everett S/R .250 0 4 Played in 42 games, including 14 starts
3B Brad Emaus R/R .332 13 56 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
SS Tommy Manzella R/R .356 8 62 1st-Team All-Confernece USA selection
LF Matt Barket R/R .282 6 46 Team captain; ranks sixth on team in RBI
or Mark Hamilton L/L .322 10 44 2005 New Orleans Regional MVP
CF Nathan Southard R/R .355 11 52 1st Team All C-USA/C-USA Tourney MVP
RF Brian Bogusevic L/L .322 0 24 Semifinalist for several national awards
or Matt Barket R/R .282 6 46 Will likely play right when Bogusevic pitches
DH Scott Madden R/R .353 4 45 Has seen time at first, catcher and DH
ORicah Owings R/R .354 18 63 Will likely hit for himself when pitching.

Tulane Pitching Rotation
Game 1 - Micah Owings R/R 3.38 11-4
18/18 122.2 107 52 46 21 131
Game 2 - Brian Bogusevic L/L 3.14 13-2 18/18 123.1 119 50 43 41 123
Game 3 - J.R. Crowel R/L 5.00 10-1 16/16 86.1 90 51 48 27 76

Nebraska Pitching Rotation
Game 1 Joba Chamberlain, So., RHP (9-2, 2.74 ERA)
Game 2 Johnny Dorn, Fr., RHP (12-1, 1.98 ERA)
Game 3 Zach Kroenke, Jr., LHP (7-2, 2.61 ERA)

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