2021 Tulane Baseball Preseason Notebook

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Green Wave open their 2021 campaign on Friday  

NEW ORLEANS – Get set for the start of the 2021 Tulane University baseball season by checking out this year’s preseason notebook for the most up-to-date information on the Green Wave, as they open their season on Friday.

TULANE LOOKS TO BUILD OFF STRONG 2020 START

  • The Green Wave baseball team enters their 114th year this spring with the mindset of continuing their momentum from the 2020 campaign.
  • Tulane finished the year with a 15-2 mark, which matched its best start to a season since 1972.
  • The Green Wave closed the year on a nine-game winning streak – the program’s longest since 2010.
  • Tulane also posted an incredible 11-1 record at home.

GREEN WAVE PICKED THIRD IN THE AAC PRESEASON 

  • Tulane was picked to finish the 2021 season third in the American Athletic Conference.
  • In addition to its third-place preseason ranking, Tulane also received one first-place vote.

American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll

  1. East Carolina (7) – 49
    2. UCF – 39
    3. Tulane (1) – 36
    4. Houston – 34
    5. Wichita State – 25
    6. Cincinnati – 15
    7. Memphis – 14
    8. USF – 12

TULANE RANKED AMONG THE FAB 50 

  • The Green Wave enters the 2021 season ranked among the Fab 50 by Collegiate Baseball.
  • Tulane checked in ranked No. 43.
  • The Green Wave were one of five teams ranked in the Fab 50 from the American Athletic Conference.

GREEN WAVE FEATURES A 56-GAME SCHEDULE

  • The Tulane baseball team’s 2021 schedule features 10 non-conference games against teams from the state of the Louisiana, including matchups with Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, Southeastern, Southern, Louisiana Tech and LSU.
  • The Green Wave’s upcoming slate also features 32 games against American Athletic Conference opponents.
  • Tulane will face four opponents that are ranked in the preseason Top 25 this fall.

A THREE-HEADED MONSTER

  • The Tulane baseball team returns all three players from its 2020 rotation for this season in the form of Braden Olthoff, Jack Aldrich and Donovan Benoit.
  • The Green Wave trio combined for an 8-0 win-loss record, posted a 1.89 earned run average, logged 66.2 innings, struck out 83 and held opponents to a .181 batting average.

BRINGING HOME THE PRESEASON HARDWARE

  • Following a 2020 campaign where right-handed pitcher Braden Olthoff posted a 4-0 record in just four starts while recording a microscopic 0.32 earned run average with 47 strikeouts across 28 innings of work, folks across the country are starting to take notice.
  • Prior to the 2021 campaign, Olthoff was recognized as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
  • Olthoff has also earned preseason All-America honors from Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.

MINDER EARNS PRESEASON NOD FROM THE AAC

  • Redshirt junior Trevor Minder was named to the preseason all-league team this past December.
  • Minder earned the preseason all-conference nod following a 2020 campaign where he finished the year with .359 batting average, three home runs and 14 RBI. In addition, the Springfield, Illinois, native posted 23 hits, five doubles and scored a team-best 20 runs.
  • Minder also led The American in runs scored.

RANKED WAVE

  • The Green Wave finished the 2020 campaign ranked No. 20 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 poll.
  • Tulane also earned national rankings in the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball National Polls.

FIVE YEARS WITH JEWETT

  • Tulane baseball head coach Travis Jewett begins his fifth season in Uptown this spring.
  • In four seasons with the Green Wave, Jewett has posted a record of 99-92.
  • In each of Jewett’s first three seasons at Tulane, the Green Wave have steadily improved in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage.

JEWETT WELCOMES 20 NEW PLAYERS

  • Earlier this fall, Travis Jewett announced the addition of 20 members of the 2020 recruiting class.
  • The 2020 class marks the fifth under Jewett.
  • Joining the Green Wave for the 2021 season will be: Aaron Ball, Matthew Bihm, Walker Burchfield, Andres Castro, Zach DeVito, Chase Engelhard, Jared Hart, Tyler Hoffman, Brandon Howell, Keaton Knueppel, Jacob LaPrairie, Bennett Lee, Blake Mahmood, Jake McDonald, Kennedy Norton, Camryn Szynski, Lane Thomas, Turner Thompson, Brian Valigosky and Charlie Yanoshik.

GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM

  • This past fall, Tulane baseball continued to excel at a high level in the classroom, as 36 players earned their way onto the 3.0 club.
  • As a team, Tulane posted a fall semester GPA of 3.367.
  • Prior to the fall semester, the Tulane baseball team received the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.
  • The Green Wave are one of just 22 NCAA Division I baseball programs who have received the award in four consecutive years and one of just four American Athletic Conference programs along with Cincinnati, East Carolina and Memphis to earn the recognition.
  • Tulane has posted a team GPA of 3.0 or better in nine straight semesters.

HASKIN DRAFTED BY THE ORIOLES

  • Tulane baseball outfielder Hudson Haskin was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 39th overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
  • Chosen with the second selection in the second round of the MLB Draft, Haskin becomes the highest-picked outfielder in program history topping Jason Fitzgerald who was taken No. 41 overall in the 1997 draft.
  • Haskin extends the Green Wave’s streak to nine consecutive years with at least one player selected and becomes the third player in program history to be selected in the second round joining first baseman Mark Hamilton (St. Louis Cardinals, 2006) and pitcher Steve Mura (San Diego Padres, 1978).
  • Haskin garnered significant national recognition prior to the 2020 season when he was named a Preseason All-America Second Team selection by Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game/Rawlings, D1baseball and the NCBWA, respectively.

PELLERIN SIGNS WITH THE YANKEES

  • Former Tulane pitcher Connor Pellerin signed a Major League Baseball contract with the New York Yankees.
  • As a junior in 2020, Pellerin posted a 2.25 ERA in six relief appearances and held opposing hitters to a .143 batting average. He struck out 10 hitters in just four innings of work and held opponents scoreless in five of his six outings.
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