NEW ORLEANS – Tulane baseball seniors Hunter Williams and Christian Colletti were named the American Athletic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after leading the Green Wave to a 4-0 record last week, the league office announced Monday.
Hunter Williams drove in six runs, scored four runs, and hit .333 with a .722 slugging percentage, while Colletti allowed no runs over 7.0 innings across three relief appearances and earned a save, leading the Green Wave to a three-game sweep of No. 25 UConn and a midweek win over Nicholls State.
Williams, a first baseman from West Monroe, La., tallied three extra base hits, including two home runs, and tallied two RBI in three of the four games. His mammoth home run to left center on Sunday tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the Green Wave to win in extra innings. He drove in two runs in the series opener on Friday, hitting a two-run single to give Tulane the lead for good in the third inning. He also homered and doubled in Tuesday’s win over Nicholls State.
Colletti, a lefthander from Rockville Centre, N.Y., picked up his fourth save of the season with two shutout innings against UConn in Friday’s 3-1 win. He allowed just one baserunner to reach first base in that outing, and retired the final five batters of the game. Saturday, he entered in the ninth with Tulane trailing, 5-3, and sat down the Huskies in order, then stayed in for two more frames, allowing no runs and enabling the Green Wave to win the game in the 12th inning. Tuesday against Nicholls State, he threw the final two innings of Tulane’s 9-3 victory.
This is the first career conference weekly award for both Williams and Colletti, and Tulane’s first conference player or pitcher of the week award this season. Williams has been listed on the weekly Honor Roll once this season (March 20), and three times in his career.
Tulane Baseball Faces Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Miss in Midweek
Tulane baseball plays host to Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Miss in midweek action at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave face ULL at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Southern Miss at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Green Wave enter the week at 18-18 overall, as winners of four in a row and 15 of their last 21 games. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 21-14-1, and the Golden Eagles are 28-9 and ranked 16th in the D1Baseball national poll.
Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE or in person at the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office in the James W. Wilson Center. The games can be heard on 88.3 FM WRBH and the Tune In Radio app, and live video and live state will be available on www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
TULANE (18-18) vs. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (21-14-1)/SOUTHERN MISS (28-9)
vs. ULL: Tuesday, April 18, 2017/6:30 p.m. • Greer Field at Turchin Stadium/New Orleans, La.
vs. Southern Miss: Wednesday, April 19, 2017/6:30 p.m. • Greer Field at Turchin Stadium/New Orleans, La.
Radio: 88.3 FM WRBH/TuneIn Radio app (Todd Graffagnini)
Live Stats/Live Video Link: www.TulaneGreenWave.com
Tulane: Travis Jewett (Washington State, ‘93) • 18-18 (first year) • Career: same
ULL: Tony Robichaux (McNeese State, ‘86) • ULL: 832-521-2 (23rd yr) • Career: 1,095-698-2 (31st yr)
USM: Scott Berry (SW Missouri State, ‘86) • 277-166-1 (8th year) • Career: same
Series History vs. ULL
This will be the 89th meeting between Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette. Tulane leads the series, 45-43. The Green Wave won, 6-4, in Lafayette on March 22. The teams split two meetings last season, with each team winning on its home field. Tulane won 5-3 at home, and ULL won 9-2 at their home field. The Green Wave has won six of the last 10 meetings since 2006.
Series History vs. Southern Miss
This will be the 156th meeting between Tulane and Southern Miss. Tulane leads the series, 95-60. The Goldean Eagles won, 2-1, in Hattiesburg on March 1. The Green Wave won twice last season, including a 12-7 victory in Hattiesburg on March 22. The Golden Eagles won both meetings in 2015. The schools have met twice each of the last two years, continuing a long-standing rivalry that includes co-membership in Conference USA from 1996-2014 and the Metro Conference from 1990-95.
• Tulane has won 15 of its last 21 games, and four in a row.
• In its last eight games, Tulane has hit .317, and totaled 54 runs, 90 hits, 50 RBI, 21 doubles and 11 home runs.
• Tulane has tallied double-digit hits in 13 games, including 11 of the last 20 games.
• The Green Wave has raised its batting average 44 points in the last 21 games. During that span, Tulane has hit .295, and averaged 6.3 runs per game with 71 extra base hits; posted a 4.51 ERA and a .981 fielding pct. In its first 15 games, Tulane hit .220, and averaged 4.0 runs per game with 38 extra base hits; posted a 5.99 ERA and .966 fielding pct.
• Among Tulane’s 18 wins, eight have been by one run. Tulane is 8-4 in one-run games. The Green Wave have posted two shutouts (6-0 vs West Virginia and 7-0 vs Columbia).
• Hunter Williams leads Tulane with a .360 batting average, 54 hits, 15 doubles, 22 extra base hits, a .593 SLG% and a .409 OBP. In his last 20 games, Williams has hit .412 (35-85), with 22 runs, 20 RBI, 17 extra base hits, a .718 SLG%, and a .446 OBP.
• Jarret DeHart has a team-high 31 RBI and seven home runs, and is tied for the home run lead with Hunter Hope and Lex Kaplan. Grant Witherspoon leads the Wave with 30 runs scored and seven stolen bases.
• Two players have started all 36 games for the Green Wave this season: Grant Witherspoon and Hunter Williams. Jake Willsey has played in all 36 games with 34 starts, and Jarret DeHart has played in and started 34 games.
• J.P. France has made nine starts, and pitched at least 6.0 innings in eight of them. In those eight starts (subtracting a 3.0-inning outing in which he allowed eight runs at UCSB), France has compiled a 3.05 ERA with 38 strikeouts, 16 walks and 19 earned runs in 56.0 innings.
• In his last three starts, France is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings. In his last four starts, Corey Merrill is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 32.0 innings, and a .209 Opp. BA. In his last eight outings, Christian Colletti has tallied four saves and a 0.69 ERA in 13.0 innings. In his last four outings, Sam Bjorngjeld is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings.