GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Tulane baseball team is making its first go-round through the American Athletic Conference.
But the Green Wave is making a few familiar stops along the way.
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Wave begins a three-game series against East Carolina, a longtime Conference USA rival.
This trip to Greenville marks the second straight season in which Tulane has played at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Wave dropped two of three games last season in C-USA play — the first time Tulane had lost a series at ECU.
Tulane (19-10, 1-2 AAC) is coming off an 8-4 win at UNC Wilmington on Tuesday, the start of a weeklong North Carolina road trip.
Sophomore shortstop Stephen Alemais continues to swing a hot bat. He enters the weekend series as the Tulane’s top hitter at .350.
Senior John Gandolfo homered for the second time this season on Tuesday night at UNCW, and his .280 average second on the squad.
The team, however, is hitting just .247 — although seven hitters have posted double-digit RBI totals, up from five from a year ago.
East Carolina (17-12, 1-2) did not play a midweek game this week. The Pirates dropped back-to-back games to Memphis last weekend after winning Friday night to open AAC play.
ECU is hitting .293 as a team, led by Luke Lowery (.390), Travis Watkins (.379) and Bryce Harman (.330). Lowery leads the Pirates with eight homers and 27 RBIs.
Right-handers Corey Merrill (1-2, 1.93) and Emerson Gibbs (3-0, 1.62) will start the first two games for Tulane. First-year coach David Pierce has not yet named a starter for Saturday’s finale.
ECU will throw left-handers Reid Love (2-2, 3.91) and Evan Kruczynski (5-1, 1.27) and right-hander David Lucroy (2-1, 1.62).