TULANE TO BATTLE JACKSON STATE TUESDAY

Tulane enters the midweek matchup vs. Jackson State 17-9 on the year, and the Green Wave will send senior right-hander Billy Mohl to the mound for his second consecutive midweek start. Mohl is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA, 31 strikeouts and just six walks in 37.1 innings of work.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to keep the momentum of a Conference USA-opening weekend series going as the Green Wave play host to Jackson State on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

The Green Wave have won four of their last five games and five of the last seven ballgames, including the final two games last weekend at Memphis to give Tulane its third consecutive Conference USA opening weekend victory. Tuesday's contest gives the Green Wave to opportunity to win their third straight ballgame and gain some momentum heading into next weekend's Super Regional rematch vs. C-USA newcomer Rice at Zephyr Field.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and fans can also listen live on the internet though the All-Access Pass at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. In addition, live stats are provided for free on the official website of Tulane Athletics via GameTracker.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup vs. Jackson State 17-9 on the year, and the Green Wave will send senior right-hander Billy Mohl to the mound for his second consecutive midweek start. Mohl is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA, 31 strikeouts and just six walks in 37.1 innings of work.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .293 with a .397 slugging percentage courtesy of 41 doubles, six triples and 13 home runs. Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton leads the Green Wave with a .354 batting average, while redshirt-freshman outfielder Warren McFadden and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard follow closely with marks of .347 and .327, respectively. Hamilton paces the team with five home runs and 23 RBI, and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard leads the squad with 16 steals in 18 attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.79 ERA and have held opponents to a .261 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 194 strikeouts and 56 walks in 233.0 innings. Redshirt-freshman Stephen Porlier leads the team with a 2.29 ERA, junior Brandon Gomes has a team-high 45.1 innings, and sophomore Sean Morgan paces the K-club with 51 strikeouts. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with 15 appearances and has all five of the Green Wave's saves.

Jackson State, meanwhile, comes into Tuesday night's showdown 14-8 on the season, 10-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and looking to bounce back from a 22-12 loss to Alcorn State on Saturday that had snapped an eight-game winning streak.

As a team, the Tigers are hitting .367 with a .500 slugging percentage courtesy of 48 doubles, 11 triples and eight home runs. Joaquin Rodriguez paces Jackson State with a .481 batting average while Anthony McLin and Shundell Russaw follow with .462 and .397 averages, respectively. Rodriguez, McLin and Jerome Tyes are tied for the team home run lead with two each, and Rodriguez paces the club with 42 RBI and 11 stolen bases in as many chances.

From the mound, the Tigers sport a 6.44 ERA and have allowed opponents to hit at a .304 clip. As a staff, JSU hurlers combined for 117 strikeouts and 160 walks in 166.1 innings. Ashekelon Stapleton leads the Tigers with four wins, twin brother Chilion paces the club with a 4.00 ERA, 27.0 innings and 28 strikeouts. Laderek Camper has the Tigers' lone save in 2006.

The Jaguars are expected to start one of the Stapleton brothers, but have not decided which one will toe the rubber against the Green Wave.

Tuesday's game marks the 22nd time Tulane and Jackson State will meet on the diamond, and the Green Wave hold an 18-3 advantage in the all-time series. The game is the first time the two teams have met since April 1-2, 1989, when Tulane won 6-5 and 14-7 at old Tulane Diamond.

For ticket information to Tuesday's game or future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. 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. The ticket window at Zephyr Field is located on the third base side of the stadium and the gates open approximately two hours before first pitch.

POLL POSITION: *Following a 3-1 week that saw the Green Wave clinch the WOW Café & Wingery Cup with a 4-3 win on Tuesday over cross-town foe UNO and a 2-1 series win against Conference USA foe Memphis over the weekend at Nat Buring Stadium, the Green Wave improved their stock in four of the five national polls. Tulane ranks as high as No. 11 in the Baseball America Top 25 – jump of three spots – and moved up one spot to No. 13 in the most recent RosenblattReport.com poll. In addition, Tulane lept four spots to No. 14 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 25, and rejoined the Collegiate Baseball Poll at No. 30 after falling out of the poll last week. The only poll the Green Wave fell in was the USA Today Top 25 College Coaches' Poll, which dropped Tulane one spot to No. 24.

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