January 17, 2013
Rick Jones: Green Wave has unprecedented pitching depth
Tyler Chamberlain-Smith (.444) and Frank Florio (.405) led Tulane in hitting during 2011fall ball. Jordan Gross (2.66) had the best earned run average.
That's why coach Rick Jones puts little stock in fall statistics.
Chamberlain-Smith played in two games with one at-bat last season. Florio started 27 times, hit .227 and left the team after the season. Gross pitched in three games, giving up three runs and three hits while walking four in two innings. He, too, is gone.
Tulane never released its fall numbers this year, but Jones did not need to quote statistics to point out the Green Wave's top strength -pitching depth. When the season opens at the Texas State Tournament Feb. 15-17, he will have a plethora of options on the mound.
"We have more quality pitching depth than we've had in a long time," he said. "We lost only one arm, and of course that was a big one in D.J. Ponder."
Ponder was a closer. Tulane returns every pitcher who started a game last year and has added some talented newcomers.
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