Tulane host Nicholls State in final midweek baseball game

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane's Richard Carthon beats the tag at second base by East Carolina's Jack Reinheimer last season. Carthon, a sophomore, is among only a handful of returning starters for the Green Wave, who won its first four games.
Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane's Richard Carthon beats the tag at second base by East Carolina's Jack Reinheimer last season. Carthon, a sophomore, is among only a handful of returning starters for the Green Wave, who won its first four games.

Tulane hosts Nicholls State at Turchin Stadium

Nicholls State will look to sweep Tulane when the Green Wave plays in its final midweek game of the season, entertaining the Colonels at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Turchin Stadium.

Nicholls State (23-25) has won its past five midweek games and has won 17 nonconference games. This will be the Colonels’ final nonconference game of the season.

Nicholls is mired in a four-game losing skid after getting outscored 35-10 and outhit 45-16 in a three-game sweep by Southland Conference leader Sam Houston State.

Tulane sophomore right-hander Randy LeBlanc will face Nicholls State’s Taylor Byrd (5-4, 2.66 ERA, 60 strikeouts in 64.1 innings).

LeBlanc (3-3, 4.96 ERA) has been nothing short of spectacular during his last four starts, all against Louisiana teams. Wednesday, the Abita Springs native pitched his longest outing of the season, going 7.2 innings while striking out five and walking none in a 3-1 win over New Orleans.

Despite getting the start, LeBlanc may not go deep as the Green Wave (24-14) will try to preserve its pitching staff for a weekend series against UCF after learning that usual Friday night starter Tony Rizzotti will not pitch in his normal spot because of a back injury he sustained during his last outing.

The Greenies may resort to using LeBlanc on Sunday in relief, so Colonel hitters may see the likes of juniors Kyle McKenzie and Brady Wilson as well as senior Andrew Reeves during short spurts on the mound Tuesday night.

Nicholls State, which beat Tulane 6-5 on Feb. 26 in Thibodaux and 5-3 on April 2 in Turchin Stadium, hasn’t beaten the Green Wave three times in a season since 1990.

Tulane leads the all-time series 54-24.