Tulane Green Wave baseball
|Tulane Green Wave|
|Location||New Orleans, LA|
|Head Coach||David Pierce (1st year)|
|Home Stadium||Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
|College World Series Appearances|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1979, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Metro: 1979, 1982, 1992
C-USA: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005
C-USA: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005
The Tulane Green Wave baseball team represents Tulane University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The Green Wave baseball team competes in the American Athletic Conference and play their home games on campus at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. They are currently managed by head coach David Pierce, who took over the program in 2014 after the retirement of long-time coach Rick Jones, whose 818 victories through the 2014 season are the most by any coach in Tulane baseball history.
The last few years have seen Tulane's college baseball team consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The NCAA named it the 17th winningest team of the 2000s in terms of winning percentage and 16th by overall wins.
The College World Series
In 2001 the team's 55 wins set a school record and led the nation. The team made it to the College World Series in Omaha, only to blow an 8–0 lead against Stanford University and lose the game 13–11. The Green Wave won its next game against Nebraska 6–5 but was eliminated in the third game by Cal-State Fullerton.
In 2005 the Green Wave tied its 2001 record for wins. Tulane started the season ranked first in the nation and held the top spot throughout most of the regular season. The Green Wave entered the postseason ranked No. 1 and beat Rice to win its Super Regional. Tulane advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history. The Green Wave defeated Oregon State 3–1 in its first game but fell 5–0 to Texas, the eventual national champion. In an elimination game against Baylor, the Green Wave led 7–0 in the 7th inning before the Bears scored 8 runs in the final three innings to win the game. Brian Bogusevic won Louisiana Pitcher of the Year, was named to four All-American teams (including Louisville Slugger's first team), and was a semifinalist for three national awards. He was taken in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Houston Astros. Pitcher and first baseman Micah Owings was named Conference USA and Louisiana Player of the Year. He was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Third baseman Brad Emaus was named Conference USA and Louisiana Freshman of the Year. Head Coach Rick Jones was named Louisiana Coach of the Year.
In 2006, the Tulane baseball team returned to New Orleans after spending the fall semester at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina. With the renovation of Turchin Stadium delayed, the Green Wave were forced to play home games at nearby Zephyr Field. Despite the distractions and disruptions of their day-to-day lives, the Green Wave finished the regular season 39–17, in third place in C-USA with a 15–9 conference record. Tulane lost to Ole Miss in the NCAA Regionals to end the season.
Prior to the 2007 season the Green Wave was recognized by Baseball America as one of the top college baseball programs in the country since the NCAA expanded its tournament from 48 to 64 teams. The ratings were formulated by evaluating a program's national impact, overall competitiveness, fans and facilities, and academics. The Wave received an "A" rating, one of only 16 teams so designated.
The 2007 season saw the long-term effects of Hurricane Katrina finally wear on the team. With construction underway on the new Turchin Stadium, the Wave played a second straight season at Zephyr Field. A solid 28–11 start to the season (including a sweep of in-state rival LSU) was followed by a 6–15 limp to the finish line. The Green Wave failed to garner an NCAA bid for the first time since 1997.
Due to health concerns in his 21st season as head coach, Rick Jones stepped down temporarily, handing over control of the 2014 team to recruiting coordinator and hitting coach Jake Gautreau. He is expected to return for the 2015 season.
The Green Wave have played its home games at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium since 1991. The team has a .750 winning percentage in games played there and consistently ranks highly among Division I baseball programs in average attendance figures. In 2008 the Green Wave returned to a brand-new Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, nearly rebuilt at the site of the old stadium after damage from Katrina forced a much larger construction project. The new stadium expanded seating to 5,000, including four luxury box suites and a partially covered seating area with 2,700 chairback seats.
|2014 Tulane Green Wave baseball team|
Chad Sutter – Associate Head Coach
Tulane in the NCAA Tournament
- The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament started in 1947. The format of the tournament has changed through the years.
|2001||6–3||.666||5th place at the 2001 College World Series|
|2005||6–3||.666||5th place at the 2005 College World Series|
Notable former players
- "Tulane hires Sam Houston State's David Pierce as baseball coach". The New Orleans Advocate. June 9, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- Tammy Nunez (April 8, 2014). "Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones talks about stepping down this spring from his lifelong passion". nola.com. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- "Division I Baseball Records". NCAA. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Matt Eddy and John Manuel (January 16, 2007). "The Top College Programs Of The 64-Team Era". Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "NCAA Baseball Attendance". NCAA. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Tami Cutler. "2011 Division I Baseball Attendance". Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2012.