Green Wave To Battle Demons Tuesday At Zephyr

The game against the Demons is the last of a nine-game homestand, and Tulane has played well at "The Shrine on Airline" as the Green Wave is 7-1 in their last eight games. Redshirt-freshman right-hander StephenPorlier (5-3, 3.91 ERA) will take the mound for the home team on Tuesday, when he will square off with NSU rookie right-hander Heath Hennigan (2-1, 5.92)

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University baseball team will look to extend a five-game winning streak and continue a hot trend that has propelled the Green Wave to wins in eight of their last 10 games when they play host to Northwestern State on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Zephyr Field.

The game against the Demons is the last of a nine-game homestand, and Tulane has played well at "The Shrine on Airline" as the Green Wave is 7-1 in their last eight games. Redshirt-freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier (5-3, 3.91 ERA) will take the mound for the home team on Tuesday, when he will square off with NSU rookie right-hander Heath Hennigan (2-1, 5.92).

Tuesday night's game mark the 13^th meeting between the two schools, and Tulane leads the all-time series 10-2, including a 2-0 mark under 13^th -year head coach Rick Jones. Tulane and Northwestern State met last season, when the Green Wave defeated the Demons, 4-1, on March 22 at Turchin Stadium. NSU's last win over Tulane came back on April 20, 1984, when the Demond sefeated Tulane, 6-3, at the NLU Easter Classic in Monroe, La.

Tulane enters the midweek matchup 27-15 on the year, 5-7 in Conference USA play and fresh off a three-game sweep of Stephen F. Austin over the weekend at Zephyr Field.

As a team, the Green Wave are hitting .284 with a .398 slugging percentage courtesy of 69 doubles, seven triples and 25 home runs. Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden leads the Green Wave with a .388 batting average, while senior Nathan Southard and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard follow closely with idential .333 marks. Hamilton paces the team with 10 home runs and 44 RBI, and Southard leads the squad with 22 steals in 27 attempts.

From the mound, the Green Wave have a 3.86 ERA and have held opponents to a .251 batting average. As a staff, Tulane hurlers have combined for 319 strikeouts and 96 walks in 375.0 innings. Sophomore Sean Morgan paces the staff with 90 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA in a team-best 74.1 innings, and is tied with senior Billy Mohl for the wins lead with six. Junior Daniel Latham paces the bullpen with 23 appearances and has all eight of the Green Wave's saves.

Northwestern State, meanwhile, comes to town 20-21 overall, 7-11 in the Southland Conference and looking to build on the momentum of a 2-1 series win over Southeastern Louisiana last weekend in Hammond.

As a team, the Demons are hitting .259 with a .375 slugging percentage courtesy of 56 doubles, 17 triples and 23 home runs. Brandon Morgan paces Northwestern State with a .374 batting average while Michael Palermo and Scott Pittenger follow with .324 and .285 averages, respectively. Michael Flower paces the club with six home runs and Morgan leads the team with 38 RBI while Palermo and Miles Durham are tied for the team lead with 15 stolen bases each.

From the mound, the Demons sport a 4.45 ERA and have held opponents to a .254 batting average. As a staff, NSU hurlers combined for 265 strikeouts and 175 walks in 362.0 innings. Fraser Robinson leads the Demons with four wins and a 2.59 ERA in a team-best 73.0 innings, and Drew Brown paces the squad with 46 strikeouts. Daniel Clark leads the bullpen with 13 relief appearances, and Dereck Cloern has four of the Demon's seven saves in 2006.

The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and it can also be heard live on www.TulaneGreenWave.com to fans who are signed up for the All-Access Pass. In addition, livestats are provided 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. The ticket window at Zephyr Field is located on the third-base side of the stadium, and opens approximately two hours prior to first pitch.

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