The Green Wave enter 2020 with their sights set on the NCAA Tournament. Tulane hasn’t made the Tournament since the 2016 season. Last year the Green Wave broke almost every AAC offensive season record. To say they had a monster year at the plate would be an understatement. But struggles on the mound resulted in a 32-26 record and no invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Travis Jewett enters his fourth season as head coach and he has put together a new pitching staff that is anchored by three junior college transfers. Braden Olthoff, a transfer from Palomar College (CA), earned first-team All-Conference as a sophomore. Jack Aldrich, a lefty from Santa Barbabra City College, struck out 90 in 82.1 innings while walking 25. Donovan Benoit, spent one season at Tennessee and last year with Santa Fe Community College (FL), struck out 68 batters in 63.2 innings.
Tulane returns position players Grant Matthews (first base) and Jonathon Artigues (second base). Collin Burns (shortstop) started nine games last year and Trevor Minder (third base) wrap up the infield for Coach Jewett.
Presesason All-American Hudson Haskin (center field), and Ty Johnson (right field) have secured their spots. Left field is open between Luke Glancy, Ethan Groff, and Logan Stevens.
There is no question if Tulane can hit the ball in 2020, even with the departure of first round pick Kody Hoese. The question will be can the new arms provide Tulane with the opportunities to win games with pitching. If so this 2020 squad will certainly be a fun one to watch and a contender to make the NCAA Tournament and win the AAC.
The Green Wave open the 2020 season this weekend, hosting Florida Gulf Coast University for a three game series at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.