Green Wave Tournament Notes

Green Wave Tournament Notes

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

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 Jaguars.

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 polls.

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 1994.

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 Southern.

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 Stanford.

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- Privateer Park.

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 increase capacity.

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 Orleans Regional.

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.

PROBABLE STARTERS
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

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