Tulane Green Wave baseball

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Tulane Green Wave
Founded: 1893
Tulane Green Wave athletic logo

University Tulane University
Conference The American
Location New Orleans, LA
Head Coach David Pierce (1st year)
Home Stadium Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
(Capacity: 5,000)
Nickname Green Wave
Colors

Olive and Blue

            
College World Series Appearances
2001, 2005
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
Conference Champions
SEC: 1948
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.[1][2]

History[edit]

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.[3]

The College World Series[edit]

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.

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

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.

Recent history[edit]

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.[4]

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.[2]

Stadium[edit]

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[5] and consistently ranks highly among Division I baseball programs in average attendance figures.[6][7] 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.

Current roster[edit]

2014 Tulane Green Wave baseball team
Players Coaches
# Pos. Name Bats/Throws Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
1 INF Deschamp, GarrettGarrett Deschamp R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Parkview Baptist Denham Springs, LA
2 INF Alemais, StephenStephen Alemais S/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr All Hallows/Elev8 Sports Institute Bronx, NY
4 C Rogers, JakeJake Rogers R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Canyon Canyon, TX
5 RHP LeBlanc, RandyRandy LeBlanc R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Covington Abita Springs, LA
7 U Yandel, TimTim Yandel R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Etowah Woodstock, GA
8 OF Carthon, RichardRichard Carthon L/R 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So C. E. Byrd Shreveport, LA
9 OF Gandolfo, JohnJohn Gandolfo R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jr Ramapo Franklin Lakes, NJ
11 INF Woodson, BowenBowen Woodson R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Vicksburg Vicksburg, MS
13 RHP McKenzie, KyleKyle McKenzie L/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Thayer Academy Boston, MA
14 RHP France, J. P.J. P. France R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Archbishop Shaw Marrero, LA
15 OF Goodman, MaxMax Goodman L/L 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr American Heritage Delray Boca Raton, FL
16 INF Hope, HunterHunter Hope R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Dwyer Jupiter, FL
17 INF Willsey, JakeJake Willsey R/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr The Rivers School Chestnut Hill, MA
19 C Buchowski, BarryBarry Buchowski R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr St. Augustine Prep Moorestown, NJ
20 LHP Wilson, BradyBrady Wilson R/L 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Parkview Baptist Central, LA
21 RHP Merrill, CoreyCorey Merrill R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Lutcher Lutcher, LA
23 OF Brown, GrantGrant Brown R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Gulfport Gulfport, MS
26 RHP Flowers, ZachZach Flowers R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Salesianium Middletown, DE
28 RHP Massey, AlexAlex Massey R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Catholic Baton Rouge, LA
29 RHP Gibbs, EmersonEmerson Gibbs L/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Jesuit River Ridge, LA
30 INF Lapeyre, HunterHunter Lapeyre R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Newman New Orleans, LA
31 RHP Mapes, TylerTyler Mapes R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Newman Smith Plano, TX
32 LHP Bjorngjeld, SamSam Bjorngjeld L/L 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr W. P. Clements Sugar Land, TX
33 RHP Gibaut, IanIan Gibaut R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Lamar Houston, Texas
34 RHP Horton, MattMatt Horton L/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr The Colony The Colony, TX
35 C Burns, CameronCameron Burns R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Bellaire Bellaire, TX
37 INF DiMaggio, NickNick DiMaggio R/R 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr St. Martin's Episcopal Metairie, LA
38 RHP Rankin, DanielDaniel Rankin L/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Seven Lakes Katy, TX
39 INF Williams, HunterHunter Williams R/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr West Monroe West Monroe, LA
40 INF Wilson, TylerTyler Wilson R/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Vista Ridge Cedar Park, TX
41 OF Garner, AndrewAndrew Garner R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Brazoswood Lake Jackson, TX
43 U Braud, MattMatt Braud R/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Jesuit River Ridge, LA
44 RHP Culp, AndrewAndrew Culp R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Maret McLean, VA
45 RHP Zamjahn, TylerTyler Zamjahn R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Brother Martin Harahan, LA
Head coach

Rick Jones

Assistant coach(es)

Chad Sutter – Associate Head Coach
Jake Gautreau – Recruiting Coordinator
Shooter Hunt
Briggs Barrios – Student Assistant
Brian Meyer – Operations


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Current redshirt

Roster
Last update: April 4, 2014

Year-by-year results[edit]

Tulane in the NCAA Tournament[edit]

Year Record Pct Notes
1979 0–2 .000
1982 1–2 .333
1983 1–2 .333
1986 3–2 .600
1987 0–2 .000
1988 1–2 .333
1992 1–2 .333
1994 1–2 .333
1996 1–2 .333
1998 1–2 .333
1999 3–2 .600
2000 1–2 .333
2001 6–3 .666 5th place at the 2001 College World Series
2002 1–2 .333
2003 1–2 .333
2004 3–2 .600
2005 6–3 .666 5th place at the 2005 College World Series
2006 2–2 .500
2008 2–2 .500
TOTAL
35–40 .466

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulane hires Sam Houston State's David Pierce as baseball coach". The New Orleans Advocate. June 9, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ "Division I Baseball Records". NCAA. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Matt Eddy and John Manuel (January 16, 2007). "The Top College Programs Of The 64-Team Era". Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Baseball Attendance". NCAA. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Tami Cutler. "2011 Division I Baseball Attendance". Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

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