Tulane Faces Nicholls St. At Zephyr Tuesday

Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden leads the Green Wave with a .388 batting average while sophomore shortstop Cat Everett and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton follow closely with respective marks of .359 and .358. Hamilton paces the team with four home runs and 16 RBI, and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard leads the squad with 11 steals in 12 attempts

METAIRIE, La.–The Tulane University baseball team returns to action on Tuesday, March 14, when the Green Wave take on Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

The game will mark the first career start of redshirt-freshman right-hander Jonathan Garrett as the Green Wave look to claim their 13th consecutive win over the Colonels. Tulane is 42-21 all-time vs. Nicholls State, including a 22-5 mark under 13th-year head coach Rick Jones, and the last time the Green Wave fell to the Colonels was back on Feb. 22, 2000 when Nicholls claimed a 9-8 victory.

Garrett, meanwhile, will take the mound on Tuesday with a 3.86 ERA after giving up just a pair of runs in three appearances and 4.2 innings of work so far in 2006. A native of Covington, La. and a 2004 graduate of St. Paul's School, Garrett missed all of the 2005 season after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery, and has three strikeouts to his credit this year.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup 12-6 on the year and fresh off a hard-fought series win over Oral Roberts over the weekend at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .299 with a .420 slugging percentage courtesy of 33 doubles, five triples and 10 home runs. Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden leads the Green Wave with a .388 batting average while sophomore shortstop Cat Everett and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton follow closely with respective marks of .359 and .358. Hamilton paces the team with four home runs and 16 RBI, and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard leads the squad with 11 steals in 12 attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.72 ERA and have held opponents to a .262 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 138 strikeouts and 41 walks in 162.0 innings. Sophomore Trey Martin leads the team with a 1.47 ERA, junior Brandon Gomes paces the club with 32.2 innings pitched and sophomore Sean Morgan headlines the K-crew with 33 strikeouts. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with 11 appearances and has all four of the Green Wave's saves.

Nicholls State, meanwhile, comes to town 4-14 on the season and looking to snap a five-game losing streak, including getting swept over the weekend by Southland Conference foe Texas State in Thibodaux, La.

As a team, the Colonels are hitting .215 with a .252 slugging percentage courtesy of 12 doubles, three triples and a home run. Michael Roberts paces Nicholls with a .298 batting average while Chris Barnes and Thomas Bourne follow with .294 and .289 averages, respectively. Roberts has the lone longball for the Colonels in 2006, Jose Higuera leads the club with 12 RBI, and Michael Bartek has five steals in six tries.

From the mound, the Colonels sport a 5.86 ERA and have allowed opponents to hit at a .307 clip. As a staff, Nicholls State hurlers combined for 97 strikeouts and 79 walks in 156.2 innings. David Burch leads the Colonels with a 3.20 ERA and 25.1 innings pitched, and Chris Greer has a club-high 19 strikeouts. Rudy Darrow leads the bullpen with eight appearances and has all three of the team's saves in 2006.

The Colonels will send sophomore right-hander Nick Augustavo to the mound to square off against Garrett. Augustavo will be making his sixth appearance and second start in 2006 and has tallied a 5.23 ERA, 0-1 record, six strikeouts and three walks in 10.1 innings.

Following Tuesday's game vs. the Colonels, Tulane returns to action on Friday, March 17, when the Green Wave open a three-game series vs. South Alabama. Friday and Saturday's game will be played at Zephyr Field, but Sunday's finale is slated for Mobile, Ala. 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

POLL POSITION: Following a 2-2 week, the Green Wave remained in the Top 25 in all five polls, but saw their standing slide just a bit. Tulane fell two spots to No. 14 in the most recent Baseball America poll and to No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball, and dropped one spot to No. 16 in the latest RosenblattReport.com poll. The biggest fall came in the National College Baseball Writers Association Top 25 where the Green Wave fell from No. 9 to a tie for 13th . In addition, Tulane ranks 17th in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, which has not yet been updated.

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