New Orleans, LA – The Green Wave find themselves at 3-0 for the second consecutive year as they get the sweep over FGCU at home.
Backed by a strong performance from starter Braden Olthoff Tulane was able to get the win in the opening game 4-3. Olthoff pitched 6.0 innings and recorded 10 strike outs and no walks while giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. Tulane found itself down 3-0 but two bases loaded singles by Grant Matthews and Frankie Niemann made it 3-2. Jonathan Artigues’ fielder’s choice tied the game at 3. Hayden Hasting’s RBI single in the 5th proved to be the difference as the Green Wave bullpen pitched 3 scoreless innings of baseball to secure the win.
Game 2 on Saturday was highlighted with a balanced performance from the Green Wave at the plate and on the mound. Home runs from David Bedgood and Logan Stevens as well as a 3 RBI performance from Grant Matthews gave Tulane the run support they needed. Jack Aldrich was able to hold FGCU to 3 runs (2 earned) as he pitched 5.0 innings and stuck out 5. Tulane’s bullpen would hold the lead as the Green Wave picked up their second victory.
Sunday’s game 3 featured Donovan Benoit on the mound as the Green Wave starter. Benoit allowed just 2 hits and 1 run over 5.0 innings while walking 2 and striking out 2. Tulane only had 6 hits on Sunday but they made the most of them by scoring 6 runs. Tulane’s bullpen delivered another scoreless performance as the Green Wave secured the win and capped off the sweep.
The main question heading into 2020 was: how is the new pitching staff going to perform? In the 3 game sample size thus far they have delivered. Three strong outings from the new comer staters and shut down work from the bull pen are all great things you want to see if you’re a Green Wave fan. If Tulane can keep up this level of pitching 2020 is going to be a fun year for the Green Wave.
Tulane returns to action this Wednesday as they travel to Lafayette, LA to take on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.