April 1, 2012

By the Numbers: Tulane baseball

1: The number of runs Tulane pitcher Kyle McKenzie (3-1) has allowed in his last two games, finally showing the form coach Rick Jones expected when he recruited him. After giving up one run in seven innings against UMBC last Sunday, McKenzie relieved Andrew Reeves this Sunday against Memphis and allowed only two hits in 5.2 innings. This, after he was announced as a starter before Jones changes his mind. The mental toughness he exhibited bodes well for the rest of the season. Look for him to start next weekend against Rice. He has lowered his earned run average to 2.45.

6: The number of consecutive Conference USA series Tulane had failed to win when it lost the opening game, dating back to May 7-9 of 2010 (Houston) before the Green Wave rallied past Memphis. After getting only three hits in an embarrassing 10-0 loss on Friday, the Wave never trailed again, handling the Tigers 13-7 and 7-3. It was reminiscent of a 2006 series at Memphis when Tulane rebounded from a 11-4 loss to win 7-1 and 10-2. That Tulane team made a regional. This one still has plenty of work to do, but it's a good start.

7: The number of weekend series Tulane has won this year, out of eight. The NCAA selection committee looks at that stat, so getting two out of three at Memphis was huge. Heads will start turning if the Green Wave can make it eight of nine by getting two against Rice at Turchin Stadium this weekend.

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