Tulane baseball awarded Top 25 ranking, first time since 2011

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Tulane baseball celebrates after Hunter Hope’s walk off RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that defeated Creighton 3-2 Sunday at Turchin Stadium. 

Andrew Lemoine, Senior Staff Reporter

Green Wave baseball received its first national ranking since March 2011 Monday, as D1 Baseball ranked Tulane at No. 25.

The ranking is the highest the Wave has received since coming in at No. 24 on April 16, 2007 by National Baseball Writers Association of America (NCBWA), which also ranked the Wave in the nation’s top 30.

The last time any other Tulane athletic team received a national ranking dates back to 1997 and 1998. Men’s Basketball received a No. 23 ranking in the Associated Press and Coaches Poll in February 1997, and Tulane football ranked No.7 in the final coaches poll of 1998, the year Tulane finished the season undefeated.

Tulane (10-2, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) is coming off a 2-1 series win against defending Big East champions Creighton. The Wave has won eight of its last nine games, including road wins against Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. The Wave have won four of the ten games when trailing in the ninth inning.

Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball praised Tulane during their weekly podcast, noting their success in scheduling.

“[Tulane] went on the road to Pepperdine and won that series to start the season,” Fitt said. “This weekend, [the Wave won] two out of three games against Creighton, the defending champion of the Big East. So it’s a solid schedule.”

Tulane will travel down the bayou for its mid-week match up, as the Green Wave take on Nicholls State (7-2-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in Thibodaux.