Tulane baseball begins fall ball and preparations for 2020 season

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Tulane baseball begins fall ball and preparations for 2020 season

Sophomore David Bedgood catches a ball.

Sophomore David Bedgood catches a ball.

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Sophomore David Bedgood catches a ball.

Courtesy of Tulane Athletics

Courtesy of Tulane Athletics

Sophomore David Bedgood catches a ball.

Abe Seldowitz, Staff Reporter

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The Tulane Green Wave baseball team has announced its 2019 fall ball schedule. Fourth-year head coach Travis Jewett is looking forward to the practices and scrimmages upcoming for his team in the fall to prepare for the spring.

“Our approach to the fundamentals and attention to detail during this time, as well as the games that we will play versus outside competition and against ourselves, will give us the necessary tools for producing a highly trained team leading into the 2020 season!” Jewett said. 

The squad’s preparations for the upcoming campaign officially started on Friday, Oct. 25, with practice. The team will have an inter-squad competition against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday, Nov. 3, to kick off scrimmages. On Saturday, Nov 9, the Green Wave will take on the South Alabama Jaguars. To wrap up fall workouts, the Green Wave will split into two teams to compete in a five-game Fall Ball World Series, lasting from Nov.16 to Nov. 24.

In 2019, the Green Wave went 32-26. In 2020, the squad is slated to play 17 games against teams in the top 75 of the Rating Percentage Index and 14 games against teams in last year’s NCAA tournament. At Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, the Green Wave’s home base, Tulane will play teams like Middle Tennessee State, Southern University and A&M College and Long Beach State.  

Tulane’s biggest opponent this upcoming season is the LSU Tigers. After not meeting last season, the two Louisiana powerhouses will meet on March 24 at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. The Green Wave will host conference tournament champions Cincinnati and East Carolina on consecutive weekends. 

The American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship will return to Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, on May 19-24. The winner of the conference tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With fans’ support, the Green Wave hopes to qualify for the Men’s College Baseball World Series June 12-22 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.