Wave Hits Road For 3-Game Series With Houston

Tulane looks to get back on the winning track in Conference USA play this weekend when the Green Wave travel to the Lone Star State to take on the University of Houston in a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team looks to get back on the winning track in Conference USA play this weekend when the Green Wave travel to the Lone Star State to take on the University of Houston in a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field.

The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 7 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and Sunday's game will be televised live nationwide on College Sports Television (CSTV – Direct TV channel 610).

In addition, the radio calls for all three games as well as Sunday's television broadcast are available on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to subscribers of the All-Access Pass. Live stats to are also available on the official website of Tulane Athletics free of charge.

Tulane enters the weekend series at Houston 19-12 on the year, 2-4 in Conference USA play and looking to build on the momentum of a 19-5 win over cross-town for UNO Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .285 with a .389 slugging percentage courtesy of 51 doubles, six triples and 15 home runs. Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden leads the Green Wave with a .355 batting average, while junior first baseman Mark Hamilton and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard follow closely with respective marks of .345 and .319. Hamilton paces the team with six home runs and 31 RBI, and Southard leads the squad with 20 steals in 22 attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.76 ERA and have held opponents to a .252 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 231 strikeouts and 71 walks in 278.0 innings. Redshirt-freshman Stephen Porlier leads the team with a 2.77 ERA, junior Brandon Gomes has a team-high 53.2 innings, and sophomore Sean Morgan paces the K-club with 61 strikeouts. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with 18 appearances and has all five of the Green Wave's saves.

Houston enters the weekend 19-13 overall, 5-1 in league play and winners of six of its last seven ballgames.

As a team, the Cougars are hitting .274 with a .409 slugging percentage courtesy of 57 doubles, 10 triples and 23 home runs. Dustin Kingsbury paces Houston with a .341 batting average while Jake Stewart and Bryan Tully follow with .333 and .313 averages, respectively. Brad Lincoln paces the club with seven home runs and 28 RBI, and Kingsbury leads the team with a perfect 8-for-8 showing in stolen bases.

From the mound, the Cougars sport a 3.05 ERA and have allowed limited opponents to a .242 batting average. As a staff, Houston hurlers combined for 261 strikeouts and 102 walks in 280.2 innings. Lincoln leads the Cougars with six wins, 66.2 innings pitched, and 83 strikeouts. Clayton Boone paces the bullpen with 13 relief appearances and has three of the Cougars' five saves in 2006.

This weekend's games marks the 36th, 37th and 38th time Tulane and Houston meet on the diamond, and the Green Wave hold a slim 18-17 advantage in the all-time series. Under 13^th year head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 17-14 vs. Houston, including a 2-1 series win during the 2005 regular season and a 10-1 victory in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals.

Following the weekend in Cougar Country, the Green Wave returns home to Zephyr Field on Tuesday, April 11, when they take on Nicholls State in a "Business Fan's Special" beginning at noon. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Ticket Office has recently returned to its usual location on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or www.TicketMaster.com.

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