Tulane-Penn State To Battle At Zephyr

Green Wave-Nittany Lions to play at 6:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Friday, Feb. 17, when the Green Wave open a three-game slate against Penn State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

Tulane and the Nittany Lions will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. and close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon. All three games will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and simulcast on the internet via the All-Access Pass on www.TulaneGreenWave.com. Live stats are also available online on the official website of Tulane Athletics via GameTracker.

For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The on-campus ticket office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket office at Zephyr Field is located on the third base side, and opens two hours before every game. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

Tulane enters this weekend's matchup with Penn State 3-1 on the year and riding the crest of a three-game winning streak, including a 5-3 win over McNeese State Tuesday night in the Green Wave's home opener.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .250 with a .320 slugging percentage courtesy of three doubles and a pair of home runs. Sophomore shortstop Cat Everett leads the team with a .429 batting average, followed by sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus and sophomore third baseman Jonny Weiss with averages of .375 and .364, respectively. Emaus and rookie outfielder Aja Barto are tied for the team lead with one her each, Everett paces the club with four RBI, and the quartet of Emaus, Everett, rookie Nate Simon and redshirt-freshman Warren McFadden each have one stolen base.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 2.43 ERA and have held opponents to a .264 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 26 strikeouts and just four walks in 37.0 innings. Billy Mohl, Brandon Gomes, Trey Martin and Stephen Porlier are tied for the team lead with 0.00 ERAs, Mohl and Porlier pace the team with 7.0 innings pitched, and Mohl is tied with Daniel Latham and Sean Morgan for the team lead in strikeouts with five. Latham paces the bullpen with three appearances and has both of the Green Wave's saves.

Penn State, meanwhile, opens its 2006 season this weekend after going 28-27 a year ago. The Nittany Lions return 24 lettermen and 11 starters from the 2005 squad, including three of the four players who hit over .300 a year ago.

Jim Leitgeb is the Nittany Lion's top returning hitting after posting a .350 mark with 21 RBI last year, while Lance Thompson and Scott Gummo pack .327 and .319 averages over from the 2005 season.

On the mound, Penn State returns five pitchers with starting experience, including Alan Stidfole who went 6-4 with a 4.58 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 78.2 innings of work last year.

Following the weekend vs. Penn State, Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 21, when the Green Wave play their first "road" game vs. cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. The game was initially slated for Maestri Field, but has since been moved to Zephyr Field.

PITCHING ROTATION
Friday, Feb. 17
TU – Brandon Gomes R/R
PSU – Alan Stidfole L/L

Saturday, Feb. 18
TU – Sean Morgan L/R
PSU – Mark Wyner R/R

Sunday, Feb. 19
TU – Billy Mohl R/R
PSU – Craig Clark L/L

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