Tulane takes on Lumberjacks Friday at 6:30

Green Wave takes on Lumberjacks Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at noon and Sunday at 7 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will take a break from Conference USA action over the weekend when the Green Wave open a three-game series vs. Stephen F. Austin on Friday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

Due to the New Orleans Zephyrs' home schedule, the regular game times had to be adjusted as Tulane will continue its series vs. the Lumberjacks on Saturday at noon before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 7 p.m. All thee games will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and can also be heard on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to all fans signed up for the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are available free of charge on the official website of Tulane Athletics via GameTracker.

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.

Tulane enters the weekend series 24-15 on the year, 5-7 in Conference USA play and with a head of steam after winning four of its last five games, including a 12-5 victory over LSU Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .283 with a .392 slugging percentage courtesy of 63 doubles, six triples and 22 home runs. Redshirt- freshman right fielder Warren McFadden leads the Green Wave with a .369 batting average, while junior first baseman Mark Hamilton and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard follow closely with respective marks of .348 and .315. Hamilton paces the team with eight home runs and 39 RBI, and Southard leads the squad with 22 steals in 25 attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 4.03 ERA and have held opponents to a .257 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 287 strikeouts and 91 walks in 348.0 innings. Sophomore Sean Morgan paces the staff with 77 strikeouts and a 3.72 ERA in a team-best 65.1 innings, and is tied with senior Billy Mohl and redshirt-freshman Stephen Porlier for the wins lead with five. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with 22 appearances and has all eight of the Green Wave's saves.

Stephen F. Austin, meanwhile, comes to town 8-33 overall, 3-18 in the Southland Conference and looking to shake off an 8-7 loss to Texas-Pan America on Wednesday afternoon in Nacagdoches, Texas.

As a team, the Lumberjacks are hitting .238 with a .331 slugging percentage courtesy of 56 doubles, six triples and 19 home runs. David Jeans paces Stephen F. Austin with a .353 batting average while Steven Hill and Clay Britton follow with .331 and .263 averages, respectively. Hill paces the club with nine home runs and 30 RBI, and Buck Britton leads the team with eight stolen bases in 10 tries.

From the mound, the Lumberjacks sport a 6.41 ERA and have allowed opponents to connect at a .291 batting average. As a staff, SFA hurlers combined for 229 strikeouts and 195 walks in 349.2 innings. Brian Steinocher leads the Lumberjacks 52 strikeouts and 67.1 innings pitched, and Erich Lehmann paces the squad with five wins. Sammy Hardwick leads the bullpen with all thre of Stephen F. Austin's saves in 2006.

This weekend's games mark the third, fourth and fifth meetings between the two schools, and Tulane leads the all-time series 2-0. Both games came in 1994 - Rick Jones' first season at the helm of the Green Wave program - when Tulane swept Stephen F. Austin in a doubleheader on March 14, 10-4 and 14-9.

Following the weekend series against Stephen F. Austin, the Green Wave close out a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, April 25, against Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. From there, Tulane hits the road when it returns to C-USA play next Friday at East Carolina.


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