NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Having won seven of their last eight games, including a 7-1 beating of LSU last week, it's safe to say the Green Wave aren't the same team that lost to Southeastern back in the beginning of March.
"The exciting thing about our team is that I feel like there's still plenty of improvement to go," says Tulane Head Coach David Pierce.
One of the biggest areas of improvement comes defensively. In their first game against the Lions, a 13-4 loss, Tulane committed four errors. Against a veteran Southeastern lineup that will put a lot of balls in play, clean fielding will be key in limiting the damage.
"Defense feeds off of quality pitching," says Pierce. "And quality pitching feeds off of defense. Championships are won with pitching and defense. We feel very confident with how we're playing offensively, but we have to pitch and play defense every day."
That will be easier said than done against a team ranked in the top 20 nationally in runs scored. The Lions also have the nation's leader in batting average, Jameson Fisher, who's hitting .521 with eight home runs and 38 RBI through 29 games.
"He's going to be a great draft," says Pierce. "He's definitely a kid that we knew, when they inserted him this year after our previous years against him, would make a difference in their lineup."
The Green Wave are 13-1 at home while Southeastern is 6-1 on the road.