Tulane is hositng an NCAA Regional for the second time in school history, and claimed the top seed
via the No. 1 National Seed. The Green Wave are joined in the Regional by No. 2 seed Alabama, No.
3 seed Louisiana-Lafayette and fourth-seeded Southern.
In 2005, Tulane did not face any of the three teams in its Regional, but does sport a 91-105 lifetime
against the Regional field.
Tulane is 30-63 all-time vs. Alabama (most of those games came when Tulane was a member of
the SEC), 41-38 vs. UL-Lafayette and 20-4 vs. Southern. Under 12th-year head coach Rick Jones,
the Green Wave are 3-0 against the Crimson Tide, 12-11 vs. the Ragin’ Cajuns and 2-0 against the
Tulane will be making its 17th trip to the NCAA Regionals, and extends its consecutive appearances
streak to eight in a row, dating back to the 1998 season.
The Green Wave are 22-28 all-time in Regional play, including titles in the 2001 NCAA New Orleans
Regional at Turchin Stadum and the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional at Ole Miss. Tulane has advanced
to the NCAA Super Regionals both years, and went on to the College World Series in 2001 with a 2-
1 series win over arch-rival LSU in the 2001 NCAA New Orleans Super Regional at Zephyr Field.
With a 3-0 showing at the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Tulane improved its overall record
to 50-9, which is a school record for wins through 59 games.
The Green Wave’s current record eclipses the former 59-game wins record of 49-10 set in
2001 when the Green Wave went on to win C-USA regular-season and tournament titles, swept
the field at the NCAA New Orleans Regional, defeated arch-rival LSU in the Super Regionals two
games to one, and advanced to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
In addition, Tulane’s 24-6 C-USA record is a new school record, eclipsing the former mark of 21-
6 set in 2001. This year’s C-USA record is one win away from the league record of 25-5 set by
East Carolina last season. Tulane’s four-game lead in the C-USA regular-season title ties the
league mark set by East Carolina last season.
On the strength of a 3-0 performance at the 2005 Conference USA Tournament in Hattiesburg,
Miss., the Tulane University baseball team held steady atop the Collegiate Baseball, National
Collegaite Baseball Writers Association and Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Polls while
jumping from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest Baseball Amrerica Poll.
Tulane’s sweep of the top spot in all four polls marks the first time in school history that the
Green Wave have accomplished that feat and are the first team to enter the postseason ranked
No. 1 in all four polls since Miami did it back in 2001 en route to a College World Series championship.
Tulane is one of three NCAA New Orleans Regional participants to hold national rankings.
Second-seeded Alabama is 16th in the most recent NCBWA Poll, No. 18 in both the Baseball
America and Collegiate Baseball polls, and is the top non-ranked team also receiving votes in the
Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. Third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette is ranked as high as
No. 13 in the NCBWA Poll, 20th in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the
Collegiate Baseball standings.
Fourth-seeded Southern, meanwhile, is not ranked or receiving votes in any of the four national
With Tulane’s 5-2 series-opening victory over TCU on Friday, May 20, at Turchin Stadium, the
Green Wave clinched its first Conference USA regular-season crown since 2001.
The C-USA Championship marks the fourth time in the 10-year history of the league that Tulane
claimed the regular-season title. Tulane also won the C-USA regular-season title in 1997 and 1998,
while winning tournament titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Tulane also won league titles in 1948 when it won the Southeastern Conference with a 7-1
league mark, and in 1983 when the Green Wave went 6-3 to claim the Metro Conference South
title. In addition, Tulane also won Metro Conference Tournament titles in 1979, 1982, 1992 and
The Green Wave rolled out to a 3-0 start in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament in Hattiesburg,
Miss., but Sunday’s championship game was cancelled when heavy rains, hail and lightning came
through the area and made the field unplayable.
As a result, Tulane and TCU were named tournament co-champions, and the Green Wave
received the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals based on being the highest remaining
seed in the tournament. The co-championship marked the fifth time the Green Wave won a C-USA
tournament title, joining the teams from 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Sunday's cancellation marks the first time in C-USA history that a championship game in any
sport was unable to be completed due to weather-related issues.
For the 17th time overall and eighth time in as many years, Tulane is active postseason play in
the NCAA Regionals, and this time, they’re playing in front of their home fans for just the second
time in school history after earning the national No. 1 seed.
The last and only previous time the Green Wave earned a national seed and hosted was back
in 2001 when Tulane was the nation’s fifth seed, and played host to Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and
The eight-year run is the longest in the history of the Green Wave baseball program, dating back
to the 1998 team that earned the No. 4 seed at the then six-team NCAASouth II Regional in Baton
Rouge. The 1999 squad became the first Tulane team to earn a No. 1 seed, but were shipped out
to Auburn, Ala., where they would fall just one game shy of qualifying for its first Super Regional
matchup (the SR format began in 1999). The 2000 team went as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA
Starkville Regional. The 2002 and 2003 squads earn the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds in back-to-back trips
to Baton Rouge Regionals, respectively. Last season, Tulane was the No. 3 seed at Ole Miss.
Tulane is one of three Louisiana teams participating in the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional,
joining Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern (Baton Rouge). Overall, there are five teams from the
state participating in the NCAA postseason as LSU will host Northwestern State in the Baton
Rouge Regional over the weekend at Alex Box Stadium.
Unfortunately, at best, only one team will advance to play in the 2005 College World Series as the
winners of the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Regionals slated to square off in the Super Regional
round. The last time that happened was back in 2001 when the Green Wave defeated arch-rival
LSU two games to one at Zephyr Field.
The Green Wave claimed the No. 1 national seed for the 2005 NCAA postseason, and will host
throughout the postseason, provided Tulane wins and advances to the next round.
The national seed is obviously the highest in school history, and marks the second time since the
NCAA began seeding the top eight teams in 1999 (when the 64-team field and Super Regional
format began). The only other time Tulane received a national seed was in 2001 when the Green
Wave were No. 5.
Tulane is one of four Conference USA teams to earn a bid to the NCAA postseason, joining TCU,
Southern Miss and East Carolina.
TCU claimed the No. 2 seed at the Waco Regional hosted by Baylor, and Southern Miss was
seeded second at the Oxford Regional hosted by Ole Miss. East Carolina, meanwhile, was seeded
third in the Tempe Regional, hosted by Arizona State.
Another team with C-USA ties also earned a spot in the postseason as 2006 league member
Rice was named the No. 2 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional, hosted by LSU.
While Tulane may not have faced any of the teams participating in the 2005 NCAA New Orleans
Regional during the regular season, the Green Wave have battled eight of the 64 teams who
earned spots in the NCAA Tournament, and sports a 20-5 record against those teams.
Tulane holds a 4-0 mark vs. East Carolina (No. 3 seed in Tempe), three-game sweeps of Marist
(No. 4 seed in Baton Rouge) and Arizona State (No. 2 Seed in Tempe), a two-game sweep of LSU
(No. 1 seed in Baton Rouge) and 2-1 series wins over Pepperdine (No. 3 seed at Fullerton),
Southern Miss (No. 2 seed at Oxford) and TCU (No. 2 seed at Waco).
The only team in participating in the 2005 NCAA Regionals that holds a winning record over the
Green Wave this season is Cal State Fullerton (No. 1 seed at Fullerton), which defeated Tulane 2-
1 in a weekend series on March 11-13 in New Orleans.
Tulane is one of just nine teams to make its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA
Regionals, joining Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oral Roberts, Rice and
Miami holds the longest current streak with an NCAA-record 33 consecutive trips to the
postseason, and Florida State is close behind ith 28. Clemson is next with 19, followed by LSU
(16), Cal State Fullerton (14), Stanford (12) and Rice (11). Tulane is currently tied for eighth on the
consecutive appearances with Oral Roberts.
Prior to its current streak, the longest postseason run for the Green Wave was three as Tulane
advanced to the Regionals from 1986-88. The biggest mystery in Tulane’s postseason history
came in 1997 when the Green Wave won the C-USA regular-season title, won 40 games and
advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament, but were inexplicably left out of the then
field of 48 (the NCAA adopted the 64-team field in 1999).
While Tulane may be playing just its second NCAA Regional in the friendly confines of Turchin
Stadium, this weekend’s postseason games marked the fourth time the Green Wave will play a
Regional in the city of New Orleans.
The first two times Tulane played within the Cresent City, the Green Wave headed across town
to the Lakefront as UNO hosted the 1982 South Regional and the 1987 South II Regional at then-
Postseason games in New Orleans have been the stuff of legends for Tulane as the Green
Wave won their first Regional title back in 2001 at Turchin Stadium. In addition, the Green Wave lost
a 5-4, 10-inning affair to host UNO in 1982 when pitcher Paul Fitch was called for a balk with bases
loaded to end the game. All told, Tulane is 4-4 in Regional games played in New Orleans.
Turchin Stadium will have a bit of a new look over the weekend during the 2005 NCAA New
Orleans Regional as temporary seating has been added to increase the facilities seating to 42,000.
Constructed prior to the 1991 season, Turchin Stadium normally holds 3,600 spectators, but
bleachers used during the PGA-sponsored Zurich Classic of New Orleans were brought in to
The additions are just a temporary change to Turchin Stadium, as the facility will receive a
facelift following the season. A new grandstand will replace the current one and the aluminum
seats down the first and third base lines will be shifted toward the outfield. Expected capacity of
the new and improved Turchin Stadium is expected to be around 5,000.
Television rights to the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional at Turchin Stadium have been acquired
by Jumbo Sports Network, and all of the regional games will be televised live locally on
WNOL, WB38, throughout the weekend. The games begin on Friday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m.
when the top-seeded Green Wave take on fourth seeded Southern. Following game one, No. 2 seed
Alabama will take on third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. The games continue Saturday
and Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., with a final game, if needed, Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The New Orleans Regional contests will also be aired throughout the state on KZUP in Baton
Rouge, KLAF in Lafayette and KPXJ in Shreveport. All of the Crimson Tide's games will be televised
live to Alabama on WVUA in Tuscaloosa and WOTM in Birmingham.
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast - a network that broadcasts to 12 states and five million homes -
will carry Friday's Tulane game live and show the Alabama contest on tape delay at 11 a.m. (CDT)
on Saturday. The Crimson Tide's Saturday game, meanwhile, will air on CCS tape delayed on Sunday
at 11 a.m. (CDT).
Tulane has put another quality product on the diamond for the 2005 season, and the Green
Wave’s effort has not gone unnoticed as the overall crowd of 118,932 and average of 3,604 fans
per 33 home dates are both Tulane regular-season records.
In 2005, Tulane fans set six of the Top 10 single-game attendance records at Turchin, and saw
crowds of 5,431 (vs. UNO), 7,435 (vs. Arizona State), 9,385 (vs. Cal State Fullerton) and 12,069
(vs. LSU) rattle the turnstiles at Zephyr Field for the Green Wave’s games at the Shrine on Airline.
The crowd for the LSU game was a Zephyr Field record.
The all-time attendance record came back in 2001 when 127,670 fans were on hand during 48
home dates, but that season only average 2,659 fans per game. Tulane is currently 8,738 tickets
away from tying the record, and can play as many as four games in this weekend’s NCAA New
In his 12th season at the helm of the Green Wave program and 24th as a collegiate coach,
Rick Jones is regarded as one of the winningest coaches in the nation. Since taking over as head
coach prior to the 1994 season, Jones has led Tulane to the NCAA Regionals in 10 of his dozen
seasons, including a school record eight consecutive trips dating back to 1998, a pair of Super
Regional appearances and a trip to the College World Series in 2001.
Under Jones’ tutelage, Tulane has nine 40-win seasons and set a school record with a nation-leading
56 wins in 2001. In addition, 44 Wave players have earned all-conference honors on 67 occasions,
15 players have received All-America recognition, 10 players were named Freshman All-Americans,
37 players have gone on to play professional baseball – including a pair of first-round selections
and a sandwich pick – and five have earned positions on the USA Baseball National Team during
the Jones era. The winningest coach in the history of Conference USA, Jones helped Tulane win
four Conference USA regular-season championships, and the team has won the league tournament
title a league-record four times. A Tulane student-athlete was named C-USA Player of the Year six
times from 1999-2005, to give the Green Wave more than every other league team combined. In
addition, four of the last seven C-USA Freshman of the Year have donned a Green Wave jersey.
While Tulane has achieved unprecedented success on the diamond under Jones, it has enjoyed
the same amount of accolades in the classroom as Green Wave players have earned CUSA
Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll recognition 95 times since 1996, which stands as a
direct testament to the level of student-athlete Jones has been able to bring into the Tulane
program. Since 1994, two players have earned Academic All-America honors, including 2002
honoree James Jurries, who became the first player in program history to earn athletic and
academic All-America recognition.
P Name B/T BA HR RBI Player Note
C Greg Dini R/R .296 5 43 2nd-Team All-Conference USA selection
or Grayden Griener R/R .000 0 0 Third member of his family to play at TU
1B Micah Owings R/R .326 16 54 Conference USA Player of the Year
or Scott Madden R/R .354 4 43 Lone holdover from the 2001 CWS team
2B Joe Holland R/R .289 6 29 Missed last two games with hamstring
or Cat Everett S/R .238 0 4 Played in 37 games, including 14 starts
3B Brad Emaus R/R .346 13 52 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
SS Tommy Manzella R/R .359 8 57 1st-Team All-Confernece USA selection
LF Matt Barket R/R .291 5 44 Team captain fourth on team in RBI
or Mark Hamilton L/L .276 7 32 Big lefty has seven bombs in 2005
CF Nathan Southard R/R .349 10 47 1st Team All C-USA/C-USA Tourney MVP
RF Brian Bogusevic L/L .324 0 20 Semifinalist for several national awards
or Matt Barket R/R .291 5 44 Will likely play right when Bogusevic pitches
DH Scott Madden R/R .354 4 43 Has seen time at first, catcher and DH
or Micah Owings R/R .326 16 54 Will likely hit for himself when pitching
or Brian Bogusevic L/L .324 0 20 Will likely hit for himself when pitching
PITCHING ROTATION B/T ERA W-L G/GS IP H R ER BB K
Game 1 - Brandon Gomes R/R 4.23 7-2 17/10 78.2 85 39 37 13 72
Game 2 - Brian Bogusevic L/L 2.55 12-1 16/16 112.0 99 39 32 33 114
Game 3 - Micah Owings R/R 3.63 9-4 16/16 106.2 95 48 43 17 117
Game 4 - J.R. Crowel R/L 5.15 10-1 15/15 80.1 84 48 46 27 74