Lewis: Tulane pitcher Alex Massey downplays return to hometown for regional _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tulane pitcher Alex Massey (28), center, stretches with the rest of the team during warmups for their last practice day before the beginning of the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

UNC WILMINGTON

The Seahawks made their baseball postseason debut at the 2003 Baton Rouge Regional, losing to LSU in 11 innings in the regional final. … UNCW hits .306 as a team to carry a meager pitching staff. … Corey Dick slugs .522, has 13 doubles and is in a three-way tie for the team lead with six home runs. ... The Seahawks’ top two starters have an ERA over 4.00 ... Closer Jordan Ramsey, who switched to the bullpen this season after being a starter, is 8-2 with 60 strikeouts and seven saves in 27 appearances.

TULANE

First-year Green Wave coach David Pierce guided a remarkable turnaround that starts squarely on the mound. ... Tulane’s four pitchers with 10 or more starts all have ERAs below 3.50, and closer Ian Gibaut has a 2.98 ERA to go with nine saves … Corey Merrill owns a 2.04 ERA in 97 innings. ... The Green Wave offense is a one-man show with shortstop Stephen Alemais, who leads the team in batting average, runs, hits and on-base percentage … Alemais is the only Tulane regular with an above-.300 batting average.