Green Wave announces 2023-24 incoming baseball class
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane Baseball released its 28 newcomers for the upcoming 2024 campaign on Monday, the first day of school for the fall semester.
The Green Wave is coming off a fantastic finish to its 2023 campaign, one that saw the program roll through the AAC Tournament in Clearwater, Florida en route to a berth in the Baton Rouge Regional. Outfielder Teo Banks was named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.
The class is as follows:
High School (13)
Alex Ainsworth (RHP), Fr., Baton Rouge, LA/Catholic HS
Earned all-state and all-district honors as a senior, hurling a no-hitter in the state quarterfinals … Graduated with honors from Catholic and was a two-time Academic All-District honoree … Lettered four times academically as well … Son of Kurt and Angie Ainsworth … Has two sisters (Kaylyn and Lucy) and one brother (Ryan) … Father Kurt was a first-round pick out of LSU and enjoyed a five-year Major League Baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers … Played for Brad Bass at Catholic … Born March 31, 2005.
“Alex is a right – handed pitcher who comes to us from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was a big piece of their success this past year. He has a mid to upper 80s fastball that will only get better as he gains added strength. His knowledge and willingness to learn will be key parts to his success in the near future.”- Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Will Barter (C), Fr., Pensacola, FL/Pensacola Catholic HS
Three-time Pensacola All-Area honoree and two-time all-state selection as a sophomore and senior … Two-time all-district champion … Garnered Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American High Honorable Mention acclaim three times … Set school record for postseason batting average (.571) as a senior … Four-year starter who hit .329 in 85 career games with nine homers, 14 doubles, two triples, 69 RBI and 22 stolen bases … First player in school history to earn all-state honors academically all four years … Son of Aaron and Meghan Barter … Has one brother (Jack) … Mother Meghan (current Senior Associate AD at West Florida) played volleyball at Radford and father Aaron played baseball for Keene State before enjoying a nine-year career in college athletics … Will also played football at Pensacola Catholic … Born September 28, 2004.
“Will comes to us with an outstanding pedigree in the truest sense of a student-athlete. He has excelled in the classroom and on the field. There is an opportunity for him to earn innings behind the plate in the open competition at the catching position. Will has excellent receiving skills and a productive bat. He has plenty of untapped offensive ability that he can maximize as he continues to add strength to his wiry frame.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Blaise Blancher (OF), Fr., New Orleans, LA/Teurlings Catholic HS
First-team all-district honoree … Lettered in baseball at Teurlings Catholic for head coach Brooks Badeaux … Son of Johnny and Christine Blancher … Has one sister (Piper) … Father Johnny played collegiately at LSU and grandfather John did the same for Loyola and Northwestern State … Uncle Corey Penedo played for Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana … Member of National Honor Society … Born February 11, 2004.
“This Lafayette area product played for Coach Badeaux at Teurlings. Blaise comes from a family with deep roots in Louisiana baseball and the fabric of many communities in our state. He brings athleticism, a run tool and a left-handed bat looking to reach his high ceiling. He should become an excellent defender with the potential for a top end of the lineup type offensive skill set.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Jack Bussard (LHP), Fr., Reisterstown, MD/McDonogh HS
Ranked 14th in Maryland by Perfect Game and the state’s second-best left-handed pitcher … Played for Matt Tuneski at McDonough … Honor Roll and Dean’s List honoree at McDonogh … Son of Mark and Brooke Bussard … Has one brother Ty … Born January 15, 2004.
“Jack is a left – handed pitcher with an ultra large frame, standing at 6’5 and weighing 220 lbs. He has good work habits and a willingness to find ways to get better that will allow him to create success at this level. His fastball is in the upper 80s, touching 91 with tons of room to grow.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Grant Cohn (C), Fr., Baton Rouge, LA/The Dunham School
Earned all-district honors three times and all-state recognition as a senior, when he hit .427 with 15 doubles … Played for Wes Theriot at The Dunham School, where he made four state playoff appearances, picking up 12 victories … Also played football … Claimed Academic all-state honors and was given the biology and physical science honor awards … Son of Matt and Ainsley Cohn … Has one brother Everett … Born October 10, 2004.
“Grant is an excellent receiver and has the makings of a good leader. He communicates well on the field and has displayed a diligent work ethic that will lead to him becoming the best version of himself. He helped lead Dunham into a deep playoff run to the state playoffs. We look forward to his continued hard work in the cages catching up to his advanced receiving skill set.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Cole Cranford (INF), Fr., Zachary, LA/Catholic HS
Collected second-team all-district honors … Won one state championship with two state semifinal appearances … Went 36-3 as a senior … Played for Brad Bass at Catholic … Graduated as a member of the National Honor Society with a GPA of 3.8 … Son of Todd and Mary Cranford … Has two sisters (Mackenzie and Camille) … Born June 28, 2004.
“Cole comes to us from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge having played for Coach Bass. He can play second, third and is a hardworking, serious ball player and teammate. We recruited him as a two-way player, but the toll that being a 2-way player takes on the body showed up at the tail end of his prep career. As a result, Cole will for now, focus on the position player side of things.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Chris Diaz (OF), Fr., Pomona, NY/Millbrook School
Hit .405 for his career with a .531 on-base percentage, .734 slugging percentage and 1.286 OPS … Claimed all-conference honors twice … Played for Jack Harlan at Millbrook … Also earned four letters in basketball … Made the school’s honor roll four times … Member of the school’s weightlifting club … Son of Jose and Alba Diaz … Has one brother (Jose) … Born December 30, 2004.
“Chris is a great athlete who has a chance to hit for average and power in his future. His ability to run and play quality defense in the outfield will add tools to his all-around game. Chris growing into his upside is something our fans are going to enjoy watching for years to come.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
William Good (UTL), Fr., Metairie, LA/Jesuit HS
Two-time all-district honoree to go with all-state and all-region recognition as a senior … Played for Kenneth Goodlett at Jesuit, earning two state championships and one state semifinal appearance … Also played basketball where he helped lead Jesuit to the state semifinals … Son of Billy Good and Kelley Moreau … Has five sisters (Juju Good, Nicoline Good, Claire Moreau, Sarah Moreau and Lily Moreau) and one brother (Foster Moreau) … Brother Foster plays tight end for the New Orleans Saints … Born November 18, 2004.
“Williams is another local talent from Jesuit that we landed late last summer. Coach Goodlett runs an excellent program that is coming off a state championship that William was a big part of. William has a pedigree for leadership and brings plenty of energy to playing the game which we immediately noticed and appreciated. He is athletic enough to play multiple positions but will first focus on catching. We are looking forward to seeing him develop in Turchin.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Eli Lirette (OF), Fr., Mandeville, LA/Lakeshore HS
Claimed all-state honors three times and was the district’s MVP twice … Had career numbers of .395 BA, four homers, 26 doubles, 16 triples, 72 RBI and 57 stolen bases … Helped lead Lakeshore to the state title game … Set three school records in football (all-state returner, district MVP), leading the team to the state semifinals … Made the Honor Roll at Lakeshore … Son of Donny and Jill Lirette … Has one sister (Jenna) … Born February 6, 2004.
“Eli is a Lakeshore grad who can really cover ground in the outfield and wreak havoc on the bases with his elite run tool. This will provide us with a real weapon that we want to have in our team offensive approach. While his speed is his carrying tool, he has surprising pop in his bat which will develop as he gets invested in our strength program. He had a tremendous senior year and helped lead his team to its first-ever appearance in the state tournament.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Michael Lucarelli (INF), Fr., Marlton, NJ/Paul VI HS
South Florida Collegiate League all-star for the SFCBL champion Florida Pokers … Ranked the #2 shortstop in New Jersey by Prep Baseball Report and #10 in the class overall … Three-time all-conference and Carpenter Cup selection and was named first team all-South Jersey as a senior … Hit .441 as a senior with an .800 slugging percentage, 30 RBI, 30 runs scored, five homers and 28 stolen bases … Played for DM Phillips at Paul VI, leading the team to three state playoff appearances and a 51-18 overall record throughout his career … Member of the National Honor Society and was named Paul VI’s Outstanding Male Athlete as a senior … Son of Mike and Andrea Lucarelli … Father Mike played basketball at Franklin and Marshall College, while mother Andrea played basketball at Holy Family College … Has one brother (Anthony) … Born June 1, 2005.
“Michael is a physical left-handed hitting infielder coming off an All-Star nod in the South Florida Collegiate League this summer. He is a quick twitch athlete with plus bat speed for his age and a projection for power potential at some point in his collegiate career. His work ethic on his game and in the weight room will give him the opportunity to be a really exciting player in his future. We are really excited to welcome Michael to New Orleans.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
Tommy Marsh (RHP), Fr., Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek HS
Named Centennial League Player of the Year as a senior en route to all-state honors … Also saw action at third base where he hit seven home runs as a senior … Played for Marc Johnson at Cherry Creek, leading the team to a 17-6 record as a senior … Son of Matthew and Lillian Marsh … Has one sister (Camille) … Born May 18, 2005.
“Tommy makes his way from Colorado and will look to make an impact on the mound as a bullpen-type arm and a corner infielder with power. His large frame suggests he can carry more physicality which has a chance to lead to accentuating his power potential as a bat and an arm. As we get to see Tommy more at this level, we will figure out which avenue is the best path for him and the team.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Mason Onate (INF), Fr., Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty HS
Claimed all-state, all-district and all-conference honors three times … Set single-season marks for hits (46), batting average (.500), stolen bases (37), runs scored (50) … Set career marks in batting average (.455) and stolen bases (65) … Played for Ty Brenning at Olentangy Liberty, where he led the team to two conference titles, three sectional championships and one district title … Son of Jimmy and Deb Onate … Has one brother (Matthew) … Father Jimmy played baseball for Florida … Born October 21, 2004.
“Mason is a very skilled left-handed hitting, sure-handed shortstop. His quick hands in the box allow him to hit the ball to all fields with the potential for gap-to-gap power in his future. His footwork and solid glove on the infield give him the potential to be a quality shortstop in the American conference for years to come. Mason will be a great addition to our clubhouse.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
Dominick Scalese (RHP/INF), Fr., Peachtree Corners, GA/Wesleyan School
Earned all-state and all-region honors as a senior and second-team all-region acclaim as a junior … Hit .385 with 12 home runs in just 20 games a senior … Played both third base and pitcher for Brian Krehmeyer at Wesleyan, leading the team to a 35-5 record and a state title as a senior … Son of Mark and Erin Scalese … Has two brothers (Luke and Hayden) … Born September 15, 2004.
“Dom comes from an ultra-talented high school program in Georgia. He was a two-way guy for Wesleyan and is still trying to figure out which side of the ball will be his calling. He is a quiet competitor who is a solid defender in the middle of the infield and has a swing that suggests plenty of upside. On the mound he is a three-pitch guy who can make a jump in velocity as he settles into a weight and throwing program. His role will be determined a little bit by our needs and where it appears he will excel the quickest.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
JUCO Transfers (6)
Trey Cehajic (RHP), Jr., Shreveport, LA/McLennan CC
Two-time Academic All-American at McLennan, where he struck out 33 in 25.2 innings pitched with a 2.81 ERA and a WHIP of 0.94 … Helped lead team to 2021 JUCO World Series title and runner-up finish in 2022 … Played for Greg Williams at CE Byrd High School in Shreveport, LA where he claimed Academic all-state honors … Son of Elvir and Loralee Cehajic … Father Elvir played soccer at Centenary … Has one sister (Emme) … Born June 21, 2002.
“Trey is a 6’7 right-handed pitcher from McLennan Junior College with a great arm. He sits in the low to mid 90s and had only four walks in 25.2 Innings pitched with 33 strikeouts. He was a key bullpen piece for the Highlanders. We feel like he is a guy who can step in and make an impact on our roster as a starter or as a closer.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Will Clements (RHP), Jr., The Woodlands, TX/McLennan CC
Second-team all-conference in 2023, posting a career record of 8-2 in 81 and two-thirds innings with 68 strikeouts and a 3.50 ERA … Led McLennan to the JUCO World Series in 2023 and a 50-13-1 record … Team also earned a conference and region title in 2022 … Academic all-district honoree … Attended high school at The Woodlands College Park, where he was named all-district and a two-time member of the honor roll … Son of Tom and Karen Clements … Born June 3, 2002.
“Will comes to us from McLennan where he led the team in innings pitched this year at 65.1 and a 3.31 ERA. He is a 6’5″ right – handed pitcher who has a fastball in the low to mid 90s with more to come as he continues to develop. I am really excited to have Will on our pitching staff and look forward to watching him blossom into an impact starter.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Luc Fladda (LHP), Jr., Chesterfield, MO/Johnson County CC
Began his career at Oklahoma before spending two years at Johnson County CC … Claimed NJCAA, JBB and ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors … KJCC Pitcher of the Year, while earning Region VI Pitcher of the Year and first-team acclaim … Attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri, where he garnered two-time all-district, all-conference and all-metro honors to go with a first-team all-state selection … Named Metro Pitcher of the Year … Also played soccer at Wildwood, where he picked up two-time all-state and all-district honors with another first-team all-state selection … Son of Marty and Christine Fladda … Has three brothers (Anders, Jackson and Cade) and sister (Emerson) … Brother Anders plays football at Mississippi State … Born September 17, 2002.
“Luc is a left-handed pitcher who had a breakout year for Johnson County CC and led them to the JUCO World Series. He was also selected as a second-team All American by the NJCAA. This season, he threw 102 innings with 107 strikeouts and an unblemished record of 12-0 as the ace of their staff. We are looking forward to the impact he will make here in Uptown” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Jacob Moore (RHP), R-So., Lacombe, LA/LSU Eunice
Closer for LSU-Eunice, where he picked up seven saves in 28 and two-thirds innings with 1.26 ERA and a WHIP of 1.01 … Allowed just a .168 batting average against … Attended Lakeshore High School where he a member of the National Honor Society … Son of Brian and Ranee Moore … Has one brother (Brian Jr.) and two sisters (Caitlen and Lauren) … Born May 29, 2002.
“A Louisiana native who decided to stay close to home, Jacob comes to us from LSU Eunice where he was the closer. He made an impact on a 53-win team in which he threw 28.2 innings and had a 1.26 ERA. Jacob is a right – handed reliver who has a chance to impact our bullpen right away with the experience he has received in JUCO.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Brock Slaton (OF), Jr., Baton Rouge, LA/Delgado CC
Began his career at Odessa College and Delgado CC … Helped lead Delgado to a fifth-place finish in the 2023 JUCO World Series … All-region selection who hit .325 with 11 homers, 10 doubles, 13 triples and 43 RBI … Named to 2022-23 All-Academic Team … Attended University Lab School in Baton Rouge where he led the team to back-to-back state championship appearances, four all-district honors (.380 career hitter) and three-time all-state acclaim … Won two high school state titles in football with a 28-0 record, racking up all-district honors at quarterback and strong safety … Son of J.B. and Jennifer Slaton … Has four sisters (Georgia, Charlotte, Sarah and Summer) … Father J.B played baseball at Louisiana and was drafted by the New York Yankees … Born August 7, 2002.
“This U-High product comes over to Uptown from junior college powerhouse Delgado. Brock was coached by Tulane alum and current Delgado coach, Joe Scheuermann. He has a winning and gritty attitude, in part, from his time at Delgado. He brings a skilled left-handed bat with power projection to our lineup. We are thrilled to add another Dolphin to the program.” – – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Blaise Wilcenski (RHP), R-So., Waterford, MI/Wharton JC
Began his career at Blinn College, where he was named Best Male Athlete and to the Region 14 All-Academic Team, and Wharton County JC … Attended Brother Rice High School (pitcher, first baseman) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where he led the team to the state semifinals three times … Also played football at Brother Rice … Son of Paul and Starla Wilcenski … Born October 16, 2002.
“Blaise comes to Uptown from Wharton County Junior College in Texas. He is a physical right-handed pitcher with a low 90s fastball and quality secondary offerings. Blaise has a ton of upside and will have a chance to develop into a key piece for us this year.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Four-Year Transfers (9)
Carter Benbrook (LHP), Gr., Sacramento, CA/UC Santa Barbara
Came to NOLA from UC Santa Barbara, where he was a Freshman All-American and first-team All-Big West … In 2021, he amassed a 7-1 record with five saves … Made 25 appearances in 53 and two-thirds innings with 62 strikeouts … Attended Jesuit HS in Sacramento, California where he was all-league, city, state and section … Had a 1.96 ERA during his high school career with a 6-5 record and seven saves with 104 strikeouts in 93 innings … At the plate, he hit .349 with 10 homers and 70 RBI … Son of Brad and Katherine Benbrook … Has two brothers (Garvin and Mason) … Father Brad played four years of golf at Stanford … Born September 14, 2000.
“As a former Freshman All-American, Carter is a tremendous competitor on the mound and brings plus command with all his pitches. We are counting on him to eat up a ton of innings. He is coming to us from UCSB (Head Coach Andrew Checketts) and having worked with Andrew at Oregon for two years, I know that Carter will be well trained in all aspects of pitching.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Wes Burton (RHP), Gr., Santa Monica, CA/Indiana
Began career at Ole Miss before transferring to Indiana … Part of a Hoosiers team that posted a runner-up finish at the 2023 Lexington Regional … Won a national title at Ole Miss (2022) and made the Super Regional in 2021 … Named to SEC and Chancellor’s Honor Roll in 2020-21 … Attended Windward School where he was 2019 first-team all-league and all-region, boasting a record of 5-1 with a 1.19 ERA and 47 strikeouts … Son of Dayle and Sabrina Burton … Has two sisters (Hope and Lyla) … Born December 17, 2000.
“We are excited about the addition of Wes to our roster. He brings a ton of experience to our pitching staff from his previous stops in college baseball. He knows what it takes to win at the highest level. His drive and work ethic are going to be a joy to watch on a day-to-day basis. He has a fastball that sits in the low 90s that comes out of a deceptive slot, creating swing and miss and two quality secondary offerings.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Marcus Cline (SS), Gr., Falls Creek, WI/University of Milwaukee
Came to NOLA from Milwaukee, where he played shortstop and second base, racking up all-tournament honors as a senior … In 2023, he tied for the team lead with 14 doubles and was second on the team with 29 RBI, while also scoring 29 runs … Third on the team with nine stolen bases in 12 attempts … Four-time All-Academic Horizon League and Dean’s List selection … Attended Fall Creek High School where he won a conference title in 2019, amassing a record of 20-4 … Made all-conference four times, all-district twice and all-state as a senior … D3 Player of the Year … Son of Dean and Colette Cline … Has two sisters (Christie Reetz and Carly Hegeman) … Born August 7, 2000.
“Marcus is a premier defender in the middle of the infield who brings a wealth of experience at the Division I level. His combination of speed and left-handed hitting will give our offense an additional dynamic that should be exciting watch in Turchin Stadium come this spring. We are excited to welcome Marcus to Uptown.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
Logan Hurd (LHP), Gr., Manhattan Beach, CA/Loyola Marymount
Came to Tulane from Loyola Marymount, where he won a conference championship … Yielded just a .203 batting average against in 19 and two-thirds innings of relief work in 2023 … Attended Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California where he won a league title en route to a 24-5 record in 2019 … Named first-team all-district … Son of Andy and Julie Hurd … Has one brother (Thatcher) … Father Andy played college basketball at Northern Arizona, professionally for the Chicago Bulls and in Europe … Born February 23, 2001.
“Logan comes to us from Loyola Marymount where he pitched out of their bullpen this past year. The Manhattan Beach, California native has a ton of upside as a left – handed pitcher. Logan stands at 6’4″ with a very deceptive delivery and he has a low 90s fastball. His mid to upper 70s curveball has a chance to be a real swing and miss pitch as he develops. We are really looking forward to seeing him in a Green Wave uniform.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Connor Rasmussen (SS), So., Fort Mill, S.C./East Carolina
Came to Tulane from 2023 NCAA Tournament participant East Carolina, where he made the Dean’s List for both semesters … Attended Fort Mill High School where he locked up all-region honors three times, hitting .418 as a senior when the team earned state championship appearance … Son of Chad and Marie Rasmussen … Has one brother (Cole) who plays football for South Carolina … Born March 1, 2004.
“We are very excited to welcome Connor to New Orleans. A unique transfer with three years of eligibility allows him the opportunity to grow within our culture and has the makings to be a leader in his future. Connor is a prototypical leadoff-style left-handed hitter who can run, handle the bat and drive the ball to the gaps for extra base hits. He is a slick fielding shortstop who can play all three infield positions. He has experience within our league, the NCAA tournament and will be a great addition to our program.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
Nathan Rose (SS), Gr., Shaker Heights, OH/Bowling Green
Came to Tulane from Bowling Green, where he played shortstop, second and third base … First freshman in program history to make first-team All-Mid-American Conference (2021) … Three-time MAC All-Academic Team … Hit 17 doubles in 2023, the sixth-highest total in Bowling Green’s history and had a career-high 41 RBI … Posted 46 hits and 27 runs, both totals that were the third-highest on the team … Attended Shaker Heights High School, where he played shortstop and second base, collecting all-conference honors and a district semifinal appearance … Son of Stephen and Jeanne Rose … Has one sister (Maddie) … Born February 11, 2001.
“Nathan is coming off a year where he collected 24 extra-base hits with an exceptional walk to strikeout ratio. His 580+ career Division I plate appearance immediately makes Nathan one of the most experienced players in the American conference. Our program and players are going to benefit from his experience in practice and in games. Defense will be a strength as he can play both left side infield positions. We are thrilled to get Nathan in a Green Wave uniform.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
Jake Saum (LHP), Gr., Ventura, CA/UCLA
Started career at UCLA where he posted a 7-2 record, including four appearances in the 2022 Auburn Regional … Made the Pac-12 Honor Roll three times … Attended St. Bonaventure High School, where he led the team to three Tri-Valley league championships … Named Ventura County Player of the Year in 2019 … Posted 327 strikeouts in three years … Son of Mike and Cheryl Saum … Has one brother (Charlie), who is a catcher at Stanford … Born December 13, 2000.
“I recruited Jake as a prep pitcher before he chose UCLA in his process, so we had a familiarity with each other. That familiarity allowed us to have a chance to land him when he entered the portal in search of a new opportunity, post-grad from UCLA. Jake brings us a viable option as a left-handed weekend arm which we need. He has a pedigree and was surrounded with elite coaching at UCLA under the tutelage of Coach John Savage who has produced many successful arms in his career. Along with pitchability, Jake will bring maturity, professionalism, and know-how to the pitching staff.” – Jay Uhlman, Head Coach
Henry Shuffler (RHP), Sr., Lafayette, LA/ULM
Began career at ULM where he 21 appearances with 11 starts in two seasons … Struck out 55 batters in 48 and two-thirds innings … Attended Episcopal School of Acadiana where the team made one state semifinals appearance … Four-time all-district honoree … Son of Samuel (father) and Jennifer Shuffler (stepmother) and Sarah Gedney (mother) … Has three brothers (Mason, Townes and Charlie) and one sister (Maggie) … Father Samuel was an All-Ivy League rower at Harvard and was a member of the U.S. National team … Mother Sarah played tennis at Pomona-Pitzer … Brother Mason played baseball at Washington & Lee … Born July 17, 2001.
“A Lafayette, LA native, Henry transfers to us from Louisiana Monroe. He is a 6’7″ right-handed pitcher with a ton of projection. Henry’s fastball lives in the low 90s and is complemented with two secondary offerings … a slider that ranges 78-80 and a changeup that sits in the low 80s. We are excited to get Henry on campus and to begin working with him.” – Anthony Izzio, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Colin Tuft (C), Jr., Vienna, VA/Virginia
Began his career at Virginia where he caught and played in the outfield … Won a regional, super regional and made a College World Series appearance with the Cavaliers … Member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll … Attended James Madison High School where he won a state, regional and district championship … Two-time all-district and all-region; all-state in 2021 … Hit .549 as a senior with a 1.52 OPS … Also played football and basketball … Son of Bryan and Laurie Tuft … Has one brother (Carter) and one sister (Heather) … Father Bryan played football at Richmond … Born January 24, 2003.
“Colin gets to campus in Uptown just two months following a run to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. He collected multiple hits during Virginia’s NCAA tournament run. The 6’2″, 195-pound catcher is an uber-athletic player with plus bat speed who has the power potential to be a middle of the order bat for multiple years in a Tulane uniform. He is an intellectual player who will also benefit our pitching staff through his knowledge of the game. We are fortunate to add a player with Colin’s aptitude to our program.” – Justin Bridgman, Hitting Coach
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