The games against weaker competition gave Skipper Rick Jones a chance to showcase what many analysts have dubbed as Tulane's finest recruiting class ever. The nucleus of that class are pitchers Tyler Kimmons, J.R. Crowel, Brandon Gomes and Billy Mohl. All had a chance to pitch against the Hawks last weekend, with Crowel and Mohl starting. Including Matt Goebel, 5 freshman pitchers took the hill for the Greenies and combined to pitch 16.2 innings while surrendering a total of 3 runs and striking out an amazing 21 Hawks' batters. Tulane pitchers had 29 K's over the weekend, while allowing only 6 walks.
Offensively Tulane was led by Brian Bogusevic, Jonny Kaplan and Michael Aubrey. Kaplan, who was named National Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA hit .625 with 2 HR and stole 5 bases. Aubrey hit .600 for the week and freshman Bogusevic led the Greenies with a .667 average including his first collegiate homerun. University of Florida Transfer Wes Swackhamer also hit his first career homerun for Tulane.
Tulane is back in action this weekend for a three game series against the Patriots of George Mason University. The Patriots who hail from Arlington, (Va) were picked by Baseball America to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association behind Virginia Commenwealth and James Madison, both of who are ranked nationally in the top 30. The starting rotation for the Patriots looks to be senior left-hander John Sterling to the mound Friday, followed by senior right-hander Chris Murray Saturday and sophomore lefty Jake Glanzmann Sunday. That trio was the heart of the George Mason rotation in 2002 as they started all 19 Colonial Athletic Association contests for the Patriots, who finished 28-29 overall, 12-7 and in second place in the Colonial Division of the CAA.
The Greenies will counter with the same rotation that worked for Coach Jones against St. Joe's. Junior Cory Hahn (1-0, 0.00 ERA),a transfer from the University of kentucky, will pitch Friday night, freshman Matt Goebel (1-0, 0.00) will get the nod on Saturday while fellow freshman J.R. Crowel (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will round out the rotation on Sunday.
Tulane will have their hands full this weekend and cannot afford to be caught looking ahead to next weekend's series with Pepperdine and the following weekend's KIA Bash in Fullerton, California. Games times at Turchin this weekend are 6:30 pm, 2 pm and 1 pm respectively on Fri., Sat., and Sunday.
Greenies To Tackle George Mason In 3-Game Series
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