On Deck: The Tulane Greenwave

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 11: Markeith Summers #16 of the Ole Miss Rebels catches a pass over Alex Wacha #8 of the the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome on September 11 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. Ole Miss defeated Tulane 27-13. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

For the second time this academic year, our Rebels will take on the Greenwave.  It was one of our few wins during football season, but these two baseball teams are much better than their football counterparts.

Tulane is a good program that has experienced some down years as of late.  Last season saw the Greenwave struggle to a 32-24 record.  That's not a bad record, but it is a far cry from the #1 overall seed they earned back in 2005.  They come to Oxford with a 7-2 record and have won their last five games.

Ole Miss is doing much better this season than anyone could have imagined.  The Black Bears have won their last three and are sitting at 9-1 overall.  

The Tulane offense has been atrocious this season.  They are batting .220 as a team and average 4.2 runs per game.  Only Jeremy Schaffer and Nick Bullousa are batting above .300 with averages of .394 and .345 respectively.  

The high point for this team has obviously been pitching and defense.  If you are only scoring 4 runs a game and are 7-2, there is some good defense happening.  The staff ERA is 2.25 and the Greenwave field at a .971 clip.  

For the Rebels, a .325 batting average is good enough for 5th in the conference.  There are many players above .300, and we even have four players batting above .400 with Blake Newalu (.400), Zach Kirksey (.438), Matt Snyder (.424), and Tanner Mathis (.410).  

Defensively, the Rebels are fielding at .975 and have a staff ERA of 3.36.  

Friday at 6:30

Senior RHP Conrad Flynn--(0-1, 1.38 ERA)

Junior LHP Matt Crouse--(2-0, 2.77 ERA)

Saturday at 12:00

Junior RHP Robby Broach (1-0, 1.64 ERA)

Junior RHP David Goforth--(0-1, 2.19 ERA)

Sunday at 1:30

Frosh RHP Randy LeBlanc--(0-0, 3.27 ERA)

Junior LHP Austin Wright--(1-0, 3.48 ERA)

Predictions, anyone?

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