The Tulane baseball team stole a postseason bid over the weekend following an improbable run through their conference tournament. While the Green Wave landed the seventh seed in the field, they’d pull a string of upsets to win the tournament crown.
With a win over top seed East Carolina in the championship game, Tulane successfully booked its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. They’ll now be one of the 64 college baseball teams competing for a national title.
And they’ll also hold the title of worst record in the bracket.
The regular season was a struggle for the Green Wave as they went just 15-39, losing nearly three times as many games as they’d won. You wouldn’t have known it from watching their play over the last few days, though.
Not only did they pick up four wins in five conference tournament matchups, but they also eliminated the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the process. With the four additional victories, Tulane wrapped up the year at 19-40, still more than 20 games below .500 overall.
Tulane will now be the only baseball team in the postseason to boast a losing record, with the next closest squad, Florida A&M, coming in a 29-28.
By ripping off a quartet of wins over Houston, Memphis, and ECU, the Green Wave landed the No. 4 seed in the LSU bracket. Despite this being a forgettable season in many ways, it will now end with the first AAC Tournament championship in school history.
FIRST AAC TOURNAMENT TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Tulane’s 19th win of the season. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/0IzDdAemIK
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Fans have been quick to react to the surprise appearance.
One person believes the magic will continue, saying, “Now watch Tulane shock the world and win the Baton Rouge regional.”
Someone else said, “A 19-40 team is headed to the NCAA Tournament. Incredible.”
It’s all about getting hot at the right time, and Tulane is certainly HOT.
We’ll see if the run continues in regional play or if the season comes to an end.