Tulane’s Olthoff garners Collegiate Baseball All-America honors

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Braden Olthoff
(Photo: Parker Waters)

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane right-handed pitcher Braden Olthoff collected his first All-America selection of the 2020 season by earning a spot on the second team in an announcement by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday.

Olthoff is the first Green Wave pitcher to receive All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball since Shooter Hunt received a second-team nod in 2008. He is one of just four players representing the American Athletic Conference to be listed across the three teams of honorees.

Olfthoff garnered multiple awards early in the year when he was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks in February and was recognized as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s National Athlete of the Week during the same stretch. He was also tabbed the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month and the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association’s Pitcher of the Month for February.

A native of El Camino, Calif., Olthoff had perhaps the best start to a career by a pitcher in program history with a 4-0 record in four starts while posting a microscopic 0.32 ERA with 47 strikeouts across 28 innings of work. He walked just three batters and held opposing hitters to just 12 hits and a .128 batting average.

The Green Wave’s ace ranked second in all of NCAA Division I baseball in wins, third in strikeouts and sixth in WHIP (0.54). He racked up double-digit strikeouts in three of his four starts, including 10 against Florida Gulf Coast in the season opener, 16 in a complete-game shutout at Cal State Fullerton (third most in program history) and 13 against Southern. In the one outing he didn’t reach 10 punchouts, Olthoff rung up eight hitters over the first six innings of what eventually turned into Tulane’s first no-hitter since 2005.

Collegiate Baseball All-Americans for 2020:

LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Landon Knack, East Tennessee St.
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
RHP Zach Pettway, UCLA
RHP Bryce Jarvis, Duke
LHP Connor Prielipp, Alabama
Relief Jeff Hakanson, Central Florida
C A.J. Lewis, Eastern Kentucky
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Brooks Carlson, Samford
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
SS Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Zach DeLoach, Texas A&M
DH Kenyon Yovan, Oregon
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina

RHP Max Meyer, Minnesota
LHP Nick Swiney, N.C. State
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Cole Wilcox, Georgia
RHP Braden Olthoff, Tulane
RHP Brian Van Velle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Bryce Elder, Texas
RHP Chris McMahon, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Logan Hofmann, Northwestern St.
RHP Kenny Serwa, Southern Ill.-Edwardsville
RHP Levi Thomas, Troy
RHP Mason Erla, Michigan St.
RHP Parker Brahms, Sacramento St.
LHP Adam Seminaris, Long Beach St.
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
Relief Micah Dallas, Texas Tech.
Relief Haylen Green, Texas Christian
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Brett Auerbach, Alabama
1B Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
1B Brandt Belk, Missouri
2B Austin Shultz, Kentucky
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech.
2B Zack Raabe, Minnesota
3B Cody Morissette, Boston College
3B Zack Gelof, Virginia
SS Anthony Servideo, Mississippi
SS Matt McLain, UCLA
OF Brendyn Stillman, St. Bonaventure
OF Chris Newell, Virginia
OF Jacob Young, Florida
UT Ben Wanger, Southern California

LHP Ian Seymour, Virginia Tech.
LHP Sam Weatherly, Clemson
RHP Stevie Emanuels, Washington
LHP Christian Chamberlain, Oregon St.
RHP Christian MacLeod, Mississippi St.
LHP Zachary Torra, U.C. Santa Barbara
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
Relief Jaden Hill, Louisiana St.
Relief Ben Specht, Florida
Relief Hunter Stanley, Southern Mississippi
Relief Devin Fontenot, Louisiana St.
C Dillon Dingler, Ohio St.
C Caleb Bartolero, Troy
C Carson Taylor, Virginia Tech.
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Wes Clarke, South Carolina
1B Kyle Manzardo, Washington St.
2B Daniel Harris, Eastern Kentucky
2B Jordan Cozart, Murray St.
3B Rankin Wooley, Auburn
3B Kaden Polcovich, Oklahoma St.
3B Aaron Zavala, Oregon
SS Kole Kaler, Hawaii
SS Ryan Bliss, Auburn
SS Cal Conley, Texas Tech.
OF Parker Bates, Louisiana Tech.
OF Justin Dirden, S.E. Missouri St.
OF John Rhodes, Kentucky
OF Grant Richardson, Indiana
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.

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