Tulane-LSU To Meet Tuesday At Zephyr

Less than 1,000 tickets remain for Tuesday's ballgame at "The Shrine on Airline". To secure a seat for the game, 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.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The longest-running series in the history of Green Wave baseball continues on Tuesday, April 18, when Tulane plays host to arch-rival LSU at 7 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

The storied programs will meet for the 289th time on Tuesday, as both teams look to gain momentum in the final stretch of the 2006 egular season and solidify their respective spots in the NCAA postseason. Tulane will send redshirt-freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier (4-3, 3.43 ERA0) to the mound, where he will match up with sophomore righty Michael Bonura (2-0, 2.73).

Less than 1,000 tickets remain for Tuesday's ballgame at "The Shrine on Airline". To secure a seat for the game, 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.

The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and will be transmitted on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com for members who signed up for the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided on the official website of Tulane Athletics via GameTracker.

Tulane enters Tuesday's showdown vs. LSU 23-15 on the year, 5-7 in Conference USA play and winners of three of its last four games, including a 2-1 series win over C-USA foe UCF last weekend at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .280 with a .390 slugging percentage courtesy of 60 doubles, six triples and 22 home runs. Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden leads the Green Wave with a .365 batting average, while junior first baseman Mark Hamilton and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard follow closely with respective marks of .343 and .319. Hamilton paces the team with eight home runs and 38 RBI, and Southard leads the squad with 20 steals in 23 attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 4.01 ERA and have held opponents to a .256 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 280 strikeouts and 89 walks in 339.0 innings. Porlier leads the team with a 3.43 ERA while sophomore Sean Morgan paces the staff with 77 strikeouts in a team-best 65.1 innings. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with 22 appearances and has all eight of the Green Wave's saves.

LSU, meanwhile, comes to town 26-12 overall, 6-9 in the Southeastern Conference and winners of six of its last eight games, including a 2-1 series victory over Alabama last weekend at Alex Box Stadium.

As a team, the Tigers are hitting .299 with a .486 slugging percentage courtesy of 78 doubles, 16 triples and 42 home runs. J.T. Wise paces LSU with a .355 batting average while Matt Liuzza and Quinn Stewart follow with .345 and .343 averages, respectively. Stewart paces the club with 16 home runs and 4226 RBI, and Bruce Sprowl leads the team with eight stolen bases in nine tries.

From the mound, the Tigers sport a 4.21 ERA and have held opponents to a .268 batting average. As a staff, LSU hurlers combined for 296 strikeouts and 111 walks in 340 innings. Derik Olvey leads the Tigers with six wins and 63 innings pitched, and Clay Dirks paces the club with 55 strikeouts. Chase Dardar leads the bullpen with 13 relief appearances and has three of the Tigers' seven saves in 2006.

LSU holds a 163-122-3 advantage in the all-time series, but Tulane has won 12 of the last 22 matchups, including a 9-7 mark in the regular season and five of the last seven times the teams have played at "The Shrine on Airline". Under head coach Rick Jones, Tulane is 15-17 against LSU.

The LSU game marks the midpoint of an nine-game homestand for the Green Wave as Tulane will battle Stephen F. Austin over the weekend at 6:30 p.m., noon and 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Tulane closes out the homestand on Tuesday, April 25, when the Green Wave take on Northwestern State with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. The Zephyr Field Ticket Office is located on the third-base side of the stadium, and opens two hours prior to the start of each ballgame.

MORGAN EARNS C-USA HONOR: For the second time in 2006, sophomore right-hander Sean Morgan claimed Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Morgan earned the honor after tossing 8 scoreless innings in last Friday's 5-1 win over UCF. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts, and did not allow a walk while scattering five hits. Morgan allowed multiple baserunners in an inning just once and retired the side in order four times. He had two strikeouts in the first, second and fourth innings before punching out the side in the fifth.

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