Opinion: Pierce’s winning start has campus buzzing


Jordan Figueredo, Associate Sports Edtior

After another three-game series win against Creighton last weekend at Greer Field in Turchin Stadium, No. 25 Tulane is 11-2. New head coach David Pierce is quickly showing that he is the right man for the job.

The Green Wave’s talented young offensive core and excellent pitching staff proves to be a threat in its inaugural American Athletic Conference season. Tulane won two of its three games against Pepperdine to open the season Feb. 13-15 before sweeping its slate of games against Southeastern Louisiana, San Francisco and New Orleans. 

Pierce, who came from Sam Houston State with an impressive track record that included earning three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, brings a winning culture with him to Tulane. This new attitude was sorely needed and translates into fundamentally sound and determined baseball.

The Wave’s determination has helped it find ways to win close games in the late innings this season. Tulane trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning against Creighton Sunday but managed to score the tying and winning run to win two of three games of the weekend series. 

“I think we did a very good job of staying controlled, taking care of our job and overcoming a lot of adversity throughout the game,” Pierce said after the win. “I’m just really proud of the way we hung in there.”

The win was the fourth time the Wave trailed after the eighth inning and won. Tulane has won five games in which it has trailed after the seventh inning.

Tulane is playing an exciting and dogged brand of baseball, capitalizing on clutch hitting, walks and good base running. Pierce is getting the most out of his young team and his players are clearly buying in to his mantra,“We will win.”

Freshman infielder Nico Symington said the Wave is a dangerous team that has proved it can overcome any deficit.

“Don’t count us out because this entire season we’ve gotten [come-from-behind wins],” Symington said after the win Sunday. 

Pierce has his squad playing impressive baseball and is doing a tremendous job ushering in a new era for the Tulane baseball program. There is a renewed baseball spirit on campus. If the Wave continues to win, the support will only grow.  

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