Baseball Opens Spring Practice Tuesday

Green Wave hit the field as a team with an eye on returning to the College World Series

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will begin preparation for the upcoming 2006 season on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when the Green Wave open spring practice at 2:15 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

The Green Wave players will attend classes for the first time back on Tulane's uptown campus during the day, and will take the field for the first time later at "The Shrine on Airline." The Green Wave will begin practice every Tuesday-Friday at 2:15 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday practices are slated to begin at 1 p.m. Monday will be the team's off day.

The Green Wave enter the season ranked in both national polls released to date, holding the No. 12 ranking in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 and the No. 24 spot in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Preseason Poll.

Tulane returns 15 lettermen, including eight starters, from the 2005 team that finished the year 56-12, won the Conference USA regular season crown, earned a share of the C-USA tournament title and advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history.

Headlining the list of returners are preseason All-Americans Brad Emaus (3B), Mark Hamilton (1B/OF) and Nathan Southard (OF). Southard (.341 BA, 12 HR, 52 RBI) and Emaus (.321 BA, 13 HR, 56 RBI) were first-team All C-USA selections last season, and Hamilton earned NCAA New Orleans Regional Most Outstanding Player honors after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in Tulane's three-game sweep of the Regional field.

Joining the trio include second-team All C-USA southpaw J.R. Crowel, as well as starting pitcher Brandon Gomes, utility athlete Sean Morgan and closer Daniel Latham. Crowel went 10-1 with 83 strikeouts and just 30 walks in 92.2 innings of work while Latham led the squad with 13 saves while picking up a pair of wins in relief.

The Green Wave also add a host of talented newcomers to the 2006 roster with Division I transfers Trey Martin (RHP, Georgetown), John Michael Vidic (RHP, Georgia Tech), Blake Walker (RHP, Duke) and Jonny Weiss (INF, Boston College), junior college standout Ty Wallace (C), and prep standouts Aja Barto (OF, Houston, Texas), Jordan Greif (RHP, Austin, Texas), Seth Henry (INF, Berwick, La.), Max Kwan (C, Seattle, Wash.), Nathan Newman (RHP, Houston, Texas), Anthony Scelfo (INF, New Orleans, La.), Nate Simon (INF, Redmond, Wash.) and Sam Wiley (INF/C, Los Angeles, Calif.).

Tulane will host its annual Alumni Game on Saturday, Feb. 4, and the Green Wave open the 2006 regular season on Friday, Feb. 10, when they open play in the 2006 Astros College Classic vs. TCU at noon at Minute Maid Park – the home of MLB's Houston Astros.

For ticket information, contact the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The Ticket Office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also purchase on-line at

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