Tulane To Battle LSU AT Alex Box Tuesday

The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and will also be televised live on Cox Sports Television (local channel 37). In addition, live stats are available free of charge on GameTracker at the official website of Tulane Athletics, www.TulaneGreenWave.com, and the audio broadcast is also available on the internet via the All-Access Pass

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will face a familiar foe on Tuesday, March 7, when the Green Wave travel to Baton Rouge to take on arch-rival LSU at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tulane/LSU series is the longest running series in the history of both programs as Tuesday's game marks the 288th meeting between the two schools. LSU holds a 162-122-3 advantage in the all-time series, but Tulane has won 12 of the last 21 matchups, including a 9-6 mark in the regular season and four wins in the last five times the teams played in the regular season at "The Box."

The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and will also be televised live on Cox Sports Television (local channel 37). In addition, live stats are available free of charge on GameTracker at the official website of Tulane Athletics, www.TulaneGreenWave.com, and the audio broadcast is also available on the internet via the All-Access Pass.

The Green Wave will send junior right hander Brandon Gomes to the mound where he will be matched up with Tigers' rookie righty Louis Coleman. Gomes, who missed a scheduled start on Friday due to a blood blister on his throwing hand, comes into the game 1-1 on the season with a 3.44 ERA, 14 strikeouts and just two walks in 18.1 innings of work. Coleman, meanwhile, is 2-0 in three starts where he has posted a 4.11 ERA, 15 punches and five free passes in 15.1 frames.

Tulane enters Tuesday's showdown vs. LSU 10-4 on the year and fresh off a 2-1 series victory over Manhattan College last weekend at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .305 with a .405 slugging percentage courtesy of 27 doubles, four triples and four of home runs. Sophomore shortstop Cat Everett leads the Green Wave with a .412 batting average while redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton follow closely with respective marks of .360 and .321. Sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus has a team-best two home runs, McFadden and junior third baseman Tim Guidry pace the club with 12 RBI each, and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard leads the squad with eight steals in nine attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 2.98 ERA and have held opponents to a .247 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 104 strikeouts and 30 walks in 127.0 innings. Sophomore Trey Martin leads the team with a 0.60 ERA, senior Billy Mohl paces the club with 25.2 innings pitchted and sophomore Sean Morgan headlines the K-crew with 27 strikeouts. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with eight appearances and has all three of the Green Wave's saves.

LSU, meanwhile, enters the midweek matchup 13-2 on the season and riding the high of a come-from-behind 5-3 Sunday win over Houston to claim the series over Cougars two games to one.

As a team, the Tigers are hitting .339 with a .505 slugging percentage courtesy of 35 doubles, 10 triples and nine home runs. Steven Waguespack paces the Tigers with a .388 batting average while Quinn Stewart (20-for-55) and Matt Liuzza (16-for-44) follow with .364 averages each. Stewart paces the club with three homers and 17 RBI, and Bruce Sprowl has four steals in five tries.

From the mound, the Tigers sport a 2.27 ERA and have held opponents to a .228 batting average. As a staff, LSU hurlers combined for 133 strikeouts and 37 walks in 135.0 innings. Derik Olvey leads the Tigers with a 0.30 ERA, four wins and 30.1 innings pitched. Jonathan Wilhite paces the bullpen with six appearances, and Chase Dardar has the Tigers lone save of 2006.

Following the midweek matchup in Baton Rouge, Tulane returns to action on Friday, March 10, when the Green Wave open a three-game series vs. Oral Roberts at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics 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 be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com -http://www.tulanegreenwave.com

*POLL UPDATED:* Following a 2-1 showing over the weekend vs. Manhattan College, the Green Wave moved up in a pair of polls – jumping three spots to No. 12 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 and three more spots to No. 15 by RosenblattReport.com . In the most recent Collegiate Baseball Top 30, the Green Wave dropped one spot to No. 22. Tulane also ranks ninth by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (the NCBWA poll has not yet been updated) and remains No. 15 in the USA Today Top 25, which will not update its poll until later this month.

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