Weekend Baseball Series: #16 Tulane (28-14, 8-5) at USF (21-23, 6-9)- USF Baseball Stadium
When: Friday 5/6 (6:30 p.m.), Saturday 5/7 (6:30 p.m.), Sunday 5/8 (1 p.m.)
Where To Find It: 1040 AM (Friday and Sunday) 820 AM (Saturday)
Projected Starters: Friday-Tulane RHP Emerson Gibbs (4-2, 2.30) vs. USF RHP Phoenix Sanders (5-3, 3.15 ERA )
Saturday- Tulane LHP Ross Massey (7-2, 1.83) vs. USF RHP Brandon Lawson (4-3, 2.31)
Sunday- RHP Alex Massey (4-4, 5.04) vs. USF TBA
Mission Get Back To .500
After taking two of three vs UCF last weekend, USF looks to build on that success when #16 Tulane comes to the USF Baseball Stadium. The Bulls finished the semester this week, so their full attention now turns toward the Green Wave.
Fresh off being named the AAC Pitcher of the Week, Phoenix Sanders looks to quiet the bats of a very talented Tulane team boasting four players hitting over .290 on the year, including stud SS Stephen Alemais (.339/.399/.457) and Hunter Hope (.302/.392/.584). Hope has hit 11 home runs in 2016, and by comparison, Tulane pitching has given up 13 home runs all season.
Also keep an eye on Tulane catcher Jake Rogers. He has thrown out 16 of 27 baserunners trying to steal this year, and last season he squashed 33 of 57 attempted thefts. According to an MLB scout friend, his time to second on those throws is 1.95 seconds, where 1.90 seconds is considered a plus arm at the big league level. "He is a premier D1 catcher." Oh, and he has ten steals of his own this year. It will be interesting if/when Kevin Merrell (16-16), Luke Maglich (23-25) and Garret Zech (18-21) get on base if they tempt fate and try to run on him.
Maglich was also named to the AAC Weekly Honor roll this past week.