The bulls, 21-23 (6-9) continue the homestand as they begin at 3-game series (Friday and Saturday at 6:30 PM and Sunday at 1 PM) against Tulane, 28-14 (8-5). The Green Wave sits just a game out of first while USF is trying to move up out of the bottom of the standings.
USF enters the series batting ..248 as a team and has an overall staff ERA of 3.78 (opponents are batting .240 against them). The Green Wave are batting .273 with a staff ERA of 3.47 (batting .246 against them).
At the plate they are led by junior infielder Stephen Alemais who is batting .339 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 20 RBIs, has scored 23 runs and is 10 for 13 in steal attempts. Junior infielder Hunter Hope is batting .302 with 7 doubles, 11 home runs (leads the team), 27 RBIs and has scored 36 runs on the year. Junior outfielder Alex Kaplan is batting .298 with 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 27 RBIs, has scored 36 runs and is 5 for 5 in steal attempts. Tulane has a loaded batting order that can take anyone deep at anytime. It will be up to Phoenix Sanders to set the pace on Friday night.
The Tulane staff is led by freshman LHP Ross Massey who is 7-2 (1.83 ERA) and has thrown 69 innings, allowing 62 hits, 21 runs, 12 walks and has struck out 38 batters on the year. Senior RHP Emerson Gibbs is 4-2 (2.30 ERA) and has thrown 74.1 innings (leads the team), allowing 62 hits, 26 runs, 14 walks and has struck out 62 batters on the year. In late game situations they tend to go to redshirt junior RHP Dan Rankin who is 2-1 in 12 games with 2 saves and has thrown 17 innings, allowing 16 hits, 9 runs, 11 walks and has struck out 22 batters on the season. The Green Wave staff doesn’t walk a lot of batters and strikes out a ton. For the young USF batting order, they will have to make contact early and often or Tulane can sit them down quickly.
This is going to be a really interesting series to see how our young Bulls battle against one of the best teams in the conference and the nation.