Tulane visits Cincinnati for final AAC series of season
TULANE CLOSES REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEKEND
• Tulane baseball closes out the regular season this week as it heads to the Queen City to take on the University of Cincinnati at UC Baseball Stadium. The Green Wave enter the weekend in second place while the Bearcats sit in a fourth-place tie with UCF.
• Tulane comes into the weekend series after it collected its seventh weekend series win of the year. The Green Wave defeated UCF in three out of four games this past weekend at home.
• The first pitch for Thursday’s doubleheader is set for Noon (CT). On Saturday, the two teams will meet for a single game, beginning at Noon (CT). The series will conclude on Sunday with the first pitch slated for Noon (CT). All four games will be aired live on ESPN+. Fans can listen to all four games on WRBH 88.3 FM.
AROUND THE HORN WITH THE WAVE
• Tulane enters its matchup with Cincinnati, having won 17 of its last 22 games.
• Tulane currently owns the American’s second-best team batting average (.278) and ranks second in the league in overall team earned run average (3.96).
• The Green Wave also leads the American Athletic Conference in doubles (85). In addition, Tulane ranks second in the league in stolen bases (69), WHIP (1.32) and hits allowed per nine innings (8.12). Tulane also ranks third in triples (11), and fourth in walks (158).
• As a team, Tulane has driven in 95 runs with two outs.
• Freshman Bennett Lee leads the team with a .440 batting average, heading into the weekend. Collin Burns ranks second on the team in batting average (.348).
• Freshman Chase Engelhard leads the team with 38 RBI, while Burns has collected a team-best 70 hits.
• Junior Jack Aldrich will make his team-best 13th start on Friday.
• Tulane’s matchups with Cincinnati will mark the 59th, 60th, 61st and 62nd all-time meetings between the two programs.
• The Green Wave own a 45-13 all-time series lead.
• The Green Wave’s matchup with Cincinnati will mark the two teams’ first and only series this year.
• Tulane has won three of the last five games with Cincinnati.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
• Cincinnati comes into its four-game matchup with Tulane after it dropped three of four games against No. 11 ECU.
• Cincinnati’s win over ECU on May 14 marked the second time this year that the Bearcats have defeated a nationally-ranked opponent. Earlier this spring, the Bearcats defeated then No. 5-ranked Louisville (March 30).
• The Bearcats enter the series in a fourth-place tie in The American.
• Cincinnati enters the weekend with 56 home runs on the year. The Bearcats’ 56 homers rank third in The American.
• The Bearcats own a .275 team batting average (tied for third in the AAC) and a team earned run average of 5.69 (seventh in the AAC).
• Head coach Scott Googins is in his fourth year on the Bearcats’ bench. Prior to the COVID-19 shorten-season of 2020, Googins guided Cincinnati to its first NCAA postseason appearance in 45 years.
RECAPPING THE LAST TIME OUT
The Tulane University baseball team continued American Athletic Conference play this past weekend versus UCF. The Green Wave took two of three games from the Knights to capture their seventh weekend series this year.
Listed below are some of the key stats and figures from the team’s four games last week.
.429 – Sophomore Jared Hart batted .429 last week for the Green Wave.
.255 – Tulane pitching held UCF to a .255 batting average. The Knights came into the weekend with a .267 average.
42 – Tulane pitchers struck out 42 UCF batters this past weekend.
36 – The Green Wave collected 36 hits.
28 – The Green Wave now have 28 wins on the year.
27 – Freshman Bennett Lee extended his consecutive on-base streak to 27 games.
14 – Tulane outscored UCF by 14 runs over the weekend.
8 – Tulane honored eight players this past Sunday, as part of its Senior Day festivities.
7 – Sophomore Collin Burns had a team-best seven hits over the week.
5 – The Green Wave had five players post a batting average of .300-or-better.
5 – Tulane totaled five home runs last week.
4 – Lee was intentionally walked four times over the weekend. On two of those occasions, he was walked to load the bases.
2 – Tulane had two players post batting averages over .400 (Bennett Lee, .588 and Simon Baumgardt, .571)
1 – Burns collected his first career grand slam in the series finale on Sunday.
0.52 – Since suffering his only blown save of the season, senior Keagan Gillies has posted a 0.52 earned run average.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!!!!
• Tulane enters its weekend series against Cincinnati having won 17 of its last 22 games.
• The Green Wave had their winning streak snapped at 12 games against Houston on May 1.
LONGEST WINNING STREAKS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
1. 15 2001
4. 14 1983
5. 13 1998
6. 12 2021
8. 11 1998
10. 11x (Last 2006)
• Redshirt sophomore Collin Burns currently leads the team in runs scored (48), hits (71), doubles (17), triples (3), stolen bases (17) and total bases (112). He is also tied for team lead in home runs (6).
• He leads The American in doubles and ranks third in triples. His 17 doubles rank in the top 20 nationally.
• Burns opened the season by hitting safely in nine straight games. He then went on to post a season-best 17-game hitting streak.
• Most recently, he was selected as a Brooks Wallace Award semifinalist.
• Tulane freshman catcher Bennett Lee leads the Green Wave in batting average (.440), slugging percentage (.600) and on base percentage (.527).
• The Florida native is batting a team-best .351 in his last 10 games.
• Tulane senior relief pitcher Keagan Gillies has established himself as one of the team’s top relief pitchers.
• In 17 appearances this season, Gillies has posted a 1.23 earned run average and collected 31 strikeouts.
• He currently ranks second on the team with four saves.
• Since suffering his lone blown save against Mississippi State back on Feb. 28, Gillies has posted an incredible 0.52 earned run average and given up just one earned run in 13 appearances.
• The New Orleans native, who enters each home game with the introductory song of Fireman by Lil Wayne, can touch 98 miles per hour on the radar gun.
THE GETTING ON BASE CLUB
• Tulane sophomore Collin Burns and freshman Bennett Lee have made a habit of getting on base this season.
• Lee is currently riding a 27-game on base streak.
• Burns had a 25-game streak of getting on base, but had that streak snapped this past weekend.
TULANE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
• Earlier this season, the Tulane University baseball team marched up the rankings in two national collegiate polls, earning a No. 22 spot in Perfect Game and the No. 24 slot in Collegiate Baseball.
• Tulane had also received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll for two straight weeks earlier this year.
OLTHOFF PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Tulane right-handed pitcher Braden Olthoff owns a 3.11 earned run average and is holding opponents to a .239 batting average in 11 outings this year. He also is second on the staff with 66.2 innings pitched and leads the team with 75 strikeouts.
• Olthoff was masterful on Feb. 26 at then No. 5-ranked Mississippi State, as he guided the Green Wave to a win over a Top 5 opponent for the first time since 2014.
• Olthoff struck out six batters in 8.0 innings of work at Mississippi State while only allowing just two earned runs en route to his first win of the season.
• Against Troy, Olthoff struck out nine batters and allowed just two runs to lead the Green Wave to a 9-4 victory over the Trojans.
• Olthoff struck out a then season-high 11 Louisiana Tech batters on March 19.
• Against Wichita State (April 16), Olthoff struck out 10 batters in 5.1 innings of work.
• Against Houston on April 30, Olthoff totaled a season-high 12 strikeouts to lead the Green Wave to a 3-0 shutout win over the Cougars.
• In 2021, Tulane has suffered nine losses by two runs or less.
• In its matchup with then No. 5-ranked Mississippi State, Tulane was four outs away from completing a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs on the road.
• Tulane also held the lead in all three games at Mississippi State, heading into the bottom of the ninth.
• In the Green Wave’s lone loss against Western Kentucky on March 7, Tulane held a two-run lead heading into the seventh inning.
• Tulane dropped a pair of games to Louisiana Tech by two runs falling 2-0 in game one (March 19) and 8-6 in game three (March 21).
• Against Grand Canyon, Tulane was edged by one run in game two on March 27.
• Against Memphis on April 1, the Green Wave dropped a 4-3 decision in game one against the Tigers.
• Tulane has won its last four games that were decided by one run or less, as it defeated Wichita State 3-2 (April 16) and 8-7 (April 18). Tulane also earned a 6-5 win over Houston (May 1). On May 8 at ECU, Tulane held on to earn a 7-6 win over the Pirates.
THE HIT PARTY
• In the series finale against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 21, Tulane posted a season-high 20 hits.
• This season, Tulane has totaled 10-or-more hits in 21 games. The Green Wave posted a pair of 10-plus hit games this past weekend at against UCF (May 14-16).
• The Tulane baseball team got its money’s worth at the diamond during opening weekend, as it began its 114th baseball season.
• In all three games with in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette, nine innings weren’t enough to decide the outcome.
• Games one and two both went 10 innings with the series finale going 12 frames.
• During the first weekend of Division I collegiate baseball, 20 games went into extra frames.
• Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette were the ONLY teams in Division I to see all three of its opening weekend games go into extra frames.
TULANE RANKED AMONG THE FAB 50
• The Green Wave entered 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.
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.
FIVE YEARS WITH JEWETT
• Tulane baseball head coach Travis Jewett begins his fifth season in Uptown this spring.
• Jewett owns a career record of 127-110.
• 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, 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.
PLEDGE PER WIN
• Tulane fans can ensure that every Green Wave win makes a lasting impact this season by joining the Pledge Per Win campaign.
• Fans can participate in the Pledge Per Win campaign by pledging to give $5, $10, or $25 to the Green Wave Club for each game the Tulane Baseball team wins this season.
• Additionally, supporters are encouraged to pledge $1 for every strikeout by Tulane pitchers this season. Fans interested in enrolling in the Pledge Per Win and Pledge Per Strikeout campaigns are encouraged to visit www.GreenWaveClub.com/ppw.
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.
LOOK GOOD. FEEL GOOD. PLAY GOOD.
• The Tulane University’s uniform combinations are some of the most unique in all of collegiate baseball.
• The Green Wave baseball team features 33 different uniform combinations.
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