Tulane To Battle Privateers In WOW Cafe Cup

Green Wave and Privateers to meet three times in 2006; Tuesday's first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will face a familiar foe on Tuesday when the Green Wave take on cross-town for UNO in game one of the 2006 WOW Café & Wingery Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

Even though the game is slated for Tulane's home for the 2006 season, it will a UNO home game. Tuesday's contest is the first of three meetings between the intra-city rivals, and for the first time since 2002, all three games will be played at Zephyr Field. Tulane will serve as the home team in game two of the series on March 21, and the Privateers will have the final at-bat in the series finale on April 4.

While the 2006 season marks the first year for the WOW Café & Wingery Cup, the two teams are far from strangers as Tulane and UNO will be meeting for the 112th time – making it the fourth most games the Green Wave have played against any one school.

Tulane holds a 63-48 advantage in the all-time series, including a 28-16 mark under 13^th -year head coach Rick Jones. The Green Wave swept the Privateers in 2005 and will look to make it four in a row as they send redshirt-freshman Stephen Porlier to the hill for his second start of the season.

In his first career start last Tuesday vs. McNeese, Porlier – a right-hander from Sugar Land, Texas – struck out three, gave up just four singles and walked one in 7.0 shutout innings in the Green Wave's 5-3 victory. He will be matched up with Privateers' southpaw Anthony Masson, who enters Tuesday's showdown with a 6.00 ERA in two appearances and 3.0 innings of work.

The Green Wave enter the game 6-1 and riding the crest of a six-game winning streak, including a three-game sweep of Penn State over the weekend. As a team, Tulane is hitting .295 with a .419 slugging percentage on the strength of 13 doubles, three triples and a trio of home runs.

Sophomore third baseman/designated hitter Jonny Weiss leads the Green Wave with a .455 batting average while sophomore middle infielders Brad Emaus and Cat Everett follow closely with respective marks of .423 and .417. Redshirt-freshman outfielder Warren McFadden paces the club with four doubles, two triples and eight RBI, and Emaus has a team-best two home runs.

UNO, meanwhile, comes into Tuesday's game, 4-3 on the year and riding the high of a four-game winning streak after sweeping Mississippi Valley over the weekend out at Segnette Field on the Westbank. As a team, the Privateers are hitting a gaudy .345 with a .498 slugging percentage courtesy of 24 doubles, four triples and three home runs.

Johnny Giavotella leads UNO with a .556 batting average while Michael Epping and Jason Schwab follow with marks of .480 and .435, respectively. Schwab and Brandon Bowser are tied for the team lead with eight RBI each, and the trio of Epping, Schwab and Louis Bonin each have a home run.

Following Tuesday's game against UNO, Tulane returns to action on Friday, Feb. 24, when the Green Wave open a three-game weekend vs. Pepperdine at 6:30 p.m. at "The Shrine on Airline." 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 for all Tulane home games. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com http://www.tulanegreenwave.com

POLL UPDATE: Following a 4-0 week, the Green Wave held steady at No. 10 in the latest Baseball America poll and No. 16 in the most recent RosenblattReport.com Top 25, and moved up in the other two polls which release new rankings on Monday. Tulane ranks as high as No. 8 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association – up from No. 9 last week – and the Green Wave climbed from No. 24 to No. 21 in the Collegiate Baseball Top 30. In addition, Tulane remains ranked 15th in the USA Top 25, which will not update its preseason poll until March.


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