April 16, 2012

By the Numbers: nice week for Wave

.318: Tulane's batting average nearly two-thirds through the regular season. That number will drop as the schedule gets tougher in the next few weeks, but it is impressive nonetheless. Except for the Green Wave's two College World Series teams in 2001 (.338) and 2005 (.318), Tulane has not hit .315 for a full season in this century. And the Wave is doing it with the dead bats the NCAA started using in 2011. Sean Potkay, Nick Schneeberger, Blake Crohan, Jeremy Schaffer and Brennan Middleton are all hitting .350 or better.

0.66: The earned run average of closer D.J. Ponder, who is having a remarkable senior year after doing little of consequence while splitting his focus between football and baseball for his first three seasons. He has allowed 12 hits and two runs in 27.2 innings, but he had a rare down moment against UAB. In his only appearance, he allowed a go-ahead single in the sixth after coming in with runners on first and second and two outs. Although he held the Blazers without a run for two more innings, neither team scored again in the Wave's 4-3 loss.

4: The highest number of runs Tulane has scored in any of its 11 losses. The Green Wave lost 5-4 to Rice in the opening game of their series at Turchin Stadium. Tulane's other losses have been 9-3, 6-2, 5-0, 3-2, 3-0, 5-3, 3-2, 10-0, 5-0 and 4-3. Tulane has won only once when it scored fewer than five runs, beating Indiana 3-2 on Feb. 24. Five runs has been the magic number for the Wave this year.

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