Wave Southpaw J.R. Crowel To Miss 2006 Season

A senior southpaw from Boynton Beach, Fla., Crowel had surgery to repair his left labrum on Jan. 12 at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital and the procedure was performed by Tulane team physician, Chuck Nofsinger. Crowel will receive a medical redshirt this year and return for his final season of eligibility in 2007

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Tulane University baseball standout J.R. Crowel will miss the 2006 season after undergoing successful shoulder surgery, Green Wave head coach Rick Jones announced Thursday.

A senior southpaw from Boynton Beach, Fla., Crowel had surgery to repair his left labrum on Jan. 12 at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital and the procedure was performed by Tulane team physician, Chuck Nofsinger. Crowel will receive a medical redshirt this year and return for his final season of eligibility in 2007.

"Any time you lose someone who has had the success J.R. has had, that's a tough void to fill," Jones said. "But there is a silver lining that is two-fold. No. 1, J.R. will be back for the 2007 season stronger and healthier then ever, and two, this staff fortunately has more depth than any since I've been at Tulane. Even though he will not pitch, J.R. will still be play a large roll on the 2006 season by providing great, veteran leadership."

Crowel started 50 of the 51 games he has played in with the Green Wave, going 26-5 with a 3.85 ERA and 232 strikeouts. He earned Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors in 2003 and was named to the All C-USA squad the past two seasons.

Even though Crowel will not suit up in 2006, the Green Wave are not without a full stable of arms. Headlining the list of returners are senior Billy Mohl, juniors Brandon Gomes and Daniel Latham, and sophomore Sean Morgan.

Gomes went 8-2 with a 4.42 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 89.2 innings of work last season, and Mohl was 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA and a 4.55 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a bullpen arm in 2005. Latham led the Green Wave with 13 saves last year, and Morgan went 6-1 with five saves in 36.1 innings of relief as a true freshman.

In addition, Tulane returns the talents of Jonathan Garrett, Matt Goebel, Tyler Kimmons and Stephen Porlier – who all missed the 2005 season with injury – 2005 letterman Chris Worster and redshirt freshmen Peter Connick and Devin Barnett. The Green Wave also add the talents of a trio of Division I transfers (Trey Martin, John Michael Vidic and Blake Walker) and true freshmen Jordan Greif and Nathan Newman.

"We have four pitchers, back who were not available last year due to injury, who are now available and throwing well. Couple that with a solid recruiting class of pitchers and I feel confident we will be able to maintain our momentum as a program."

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 Houston College Classic vs. TCU at noon at Minute Maid Park – the home of MLB's Houston Astros.

For season 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 www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

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