Tulane open AAC Championship against Houston on Tuesday

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TULANE HEADS TO CLEARWATER FOR THE AAC CHAMPIONSHIP
• Tulane baseball opens play in the American Athletic Conference championship on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (CT), as it takes on Houston.
• Tulane comes into the tournament after it dropped four straight games on the road at Cincinnati (May 20-22). Despite being swept for the only time in league play this year, the Green Wave still secured the No. 2 seed in the AAC championship.
• The winner of the first game on Tuesday will face winner of the Wichita State vs. USF matchup. The loser of the Tuesday afternoon’s matchup will take on the losing team of the Wichita State vs. USF contest. Each game of the AAC Championship will be aired live on ESPN+. Fans can also listen on the radio by tuning into WRBH 88.3 FM.
• The title game on Sunday will be aired on ESPNews

AROUND THE HORN WITH THE WAVE
• Tulane currently owns the American’s third-best team batting average (.280) and ranks third in the league in overall team earned run average (4.36).
• The Green Wave leads the American Athletic Conference in doubles (94). In addition, Tulane ranks third in the league in stolen bases (73), WHIP (1.39), hits allowed per nine innings (8.70) and triples (12). Tulane also ranks fourth in the league in walks (207).
• As a team, Tulane has driven in 115 runs with two outs.
• Freshman Bennett Lee leads the team with a .440 batting average, heading into the tournament. Collin Burns ranks second on the team in batting average (.350).
• Freshman Chase Engelhard leads the team with 45 RBI, while Burns has collected a team-best 76 hits.
• Jack Aldrich is slated to make his team-best 14th start in the Green Wave’s second game of the tournament.

TULANE IN THE AAC CHAMPIONSHIP
• Tulane will make its sixth appearance in the American Athletic Conference Championship.
• The Green Wave own an all-time record of 5-10 in the league championship since making their first appearance in 2015.
• Since its first tournament appearance in 2015, Tulane has been seeded in the top three of the AAC championship four times. The Green Wave earned the No. 1 seed in the 2016 league tournament.
• This season marks the first time Tulane has earned the No. 2 seed since joining the league.
• Tulane’s best run in the AAC championship came in 2016 when the Green Wave won a pair of games to advance to the tournament semifinals.

FOUR GREEN WAVE PLAYERS NAMED ALL-AAC
• Four Tulane University baseball players were selected to the All-American Athletic Conference baseball team.
• Tulane freshman Bennett Lee led the way for the Green Wave, as he was tabbed as the league’s Newcomer Position Player of the Year. In addition, the Tampa, Florida native was selected to the All-AAC First Team.
• Joining Lee on the All-AAC First Team was redshirt sophomore Collin Burns. Green Wave starters Jack Aldrich and Braden Olthoff were recognized as well as they were named to the All-AAC Second Team.

RECAPPING THE 2021 REGULAR SEASON
The Tulane University baseball team concluded American Athletic Conference play this past weekend versus regular season competition on Saturday. The Green Wave finished the year with a 17-10 league mark.

Listed below are some of the key stats and highlights from the team’s 2021 regular season.

475 – Tulane finished the year with 475 hits this season.

.440 – Freshman Bennett Lee finished the regular season with a team-best .440 batting average.

.255 – Tulane pitching held UCF to a .255 batting average. The Knights came into the weekend with a .267 average.

76 – Sophomore Collin Burns led the Green Wave 76 hits year.

50 – Burns was the ONLY player to start in all 50 regular season games for the Green Wave.

50 – Tulane outscored its opponents by 50 runs this year.

28 – The Green Wave finished the regular season 28 wins.
27 – Lee reached base in to 27 straight games to close out his regular season.

19 – Lee posted a team-best 19-game hitting streak earlier this year.

8 – Freshman Chase Engelhard led the team with eight home runs.

6 – Burns led the team in six offensive categories.

4 – Lee was intentionally walked four times during the UCF series. On two of those occasions, he was walked to load the bases.

3 – Tulane had three players post batting averages over .300 (Bennett Lee – .440, Burns – .350 and Engelhard – .305)

1 – Burns collected his first career grand slam in the series finale against UCF.

0.52 – Since suffering his only blown save of the season on Feb. 28, Keagan Gillies has posted a 0.52 earned run average.

SERIES HISTORY
• Tulane’s matchup with Houston will mark the 95th, all-time meetings between the two programs.
• Houston owns a 51-43 all-time series lead.
• The Green Wave’s matchup with Houston will mark the two teams’ fifth meeting this year. Earlier this year, Tulane defeated Houston in three of four games at home.
• Tulane has won three of the last five games and six of the last 10 games with Houston.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Houston enters the game as the seventh seed in the American Athletic Conference championship.
• The Cougars are making their seventh appearance in the American Baseball Championship. Houston’s 16 wins in the AAC Baseball Championship are the most in the league.
• As a team, Houston owns a team batting average of .242 and a 5.33 earned run average.
• The Cougars come into their matchup with the Green Wave, having played 13 of its last 17 contests away from home.
• Head coach Todd Whitting is in his 11th year on the Cougars’ bench. Whitting has won the AAC Championship twice (2014, 17) and has coached in four title games.

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