Tulane-Houston baseball series opener postponed Friday
HOUSTON, Texas – Due to heavy rains overnight, the American Athletic Conference series opener between the Tulane Green Wave and Houston Cougars has been postponed.
With severe weather last night that that caused flooding in some areas and more expected over the course of the next day in the Houston area, officials will continue to monitor the situation and more information on the start of the series will announced when its available.
A link to live stats and a video stream provided by the University of Houston can be found at TulaneGreenWave.com, as Todd Graffagnini will be providing play-by-play of all the action on WRBH 88.3 FM in New Orleans.
The Green Wave are looking to maintain their hold on second place in the American Athletic Conference standings, sitting at 28-20 overall and 10-7 within the league. The Cougars are currently in a tie for fourth with UConn at 9-9, with a 29-18 overall record.
Tulane will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they open play with Houston on Friday, falling on Tuesday night to the Nicholls Colonels 5-3 at home. The Green Wave have not dropped more than three at any point during the season, as the squad has found a way back in the fourth game by outscoring their opponents 30-17 to end the skid.
Offensively, Tulane is hitting .306 coming into the series as the squad inches closer to marking some strong single-season hitting numbers by the end of the year. One mark is the number of triples produced, as Tulane got its 19th of the year which is now seventh all-time in program history for a single year.
The player adding to that total was junior infielder Jonathon Artigues, who earned a pair of hits against the Colonels on Tuesday which included his fifth triple of the season. The five put him in a tie for fifth-most in a single season, as Artigues has increased his overall batting average from .305 to .331 since April 23 with his fifth multi-hit game in the last eight.
The Tulane pitching staff has strung together a handful of solid performances in the face of some tough losses, not giving up more than six runs in each of the last four contests to opponents. The team will be looking for similar efforts after getting double figure strikeouts in outings last week by both Kaleb Roper and Chase Solesky, while Keagan Gillies fanned at least six for the fifth time.
Houston stepped out of conference and swept a pair of games against UNLV over the weekend, as the Cougars’ midweek game against FAU was cancelled due to weather on Wednesday. Houston’s last series win was against Cincinnati in mid-April, as two weeks ago UH dropped two of three games at USF.
Tulane Green Wave (28-20, 10-7) vs. Houston Cougars (29-18, 9-9)
WRBH 88.3 FM
PBP – Todd Graffagnini
Tulane: Kaleb Roper
UH: Lael Lockhart Jr.
Tulane: Keagan Gillies
UH: Clay Aguilar
Tulane: Chase Solesky
Around the Horn
Tulane hits the road for the final time in the regular season, taking on the Houston Cougars in Texas for a three-game league series.
The Green Wave are 6-7 on the road this year, with a 4-4 mark in league games.
Tulane is looking to take its first road series since winning two of three at Cincinnati to open conference play.
Houston leads the all-time series against Tulane 48-38.
Tulane took last year’s series, which included the 17-16 comeback victory in the opener.
Tulane opens the final week of the regular season on Tuesday with a matchup against the South Alabama Jaguars at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
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