After the COVID-19 outbreak ended the 2020 season prematurely, Tulane Inexperienced Wave Baseball opens their 2021 season at residence against in-state rival College of Louisiana at Lafayette on Friday, Feb. 19.
In 2020, the Inexperienced Wave baseball group was off to a scorching sizzling begin, profitable 15 of their first 17 video games, together with the ultimate 9 straight video games earlier than the season got here to an abrupt halt. By the center of March, the Inexperienced Wave ranked as excessive as 20th within the nation.
Inexperienced Wave baseball returns to the diamond with star pitcher Braden Olthoff, whose resume features a 2020 All-American nod, pre-season third group All-American in 2021 and preseason American Athletic Convention Pitcher of the yr, after recording a microscopically low 0.32 ERA over 28 innings in 2020. Olthoff additionally threw the primary six innings of a mixed no-hitter, Tulane’s first since 2005. Bolstering the rotation is returning southpaw Jack Aldrich who additionally recorded a sub-2.00 ERA, whereas averaging over a strikeout per inning pitched.
Challenges loom because the group will compete with out key starters Grant Matthews, Ty Johnson, Jonathan Artigues, Luke Jannetta and Luke Glancy, all of whom graduated with out having the chance to play out a full season throughout their senior yr. Speedy Hudson Haskin, who was drafted 39th general by the Baltimore Orioles on this previous yr’s 2020 MLB draft, can be missed in centerfield.
Preserve a watch out for third baseman Trevor Minder and catcher Luis Aviles who return one yr faraway from a season the place they batted .359 and .394, respectively, and exceptionally slugged .609 and .697.
Confidence stays excessive that Travis Jewitt, a former assistant at baseball powerhouse Vanderbilt College, getting into his fourth yr as head coach, will proceed to steer Inexperienced Wave baseball alongside the identical victorious path as final season.