Tulane’s Olthoff led strong pitching staff prior to season cancellation

Having your season canceled due to a global pandemic is already difficult enough.

But to have it end after collecting 15 wins in the team’s first 17 games

Prior to the NCAA wiping out the remainder of the spring sports season in March, the Tulane University baseball squad had posted a record of 15-2.

The bats were hot, but it was perhaps the pitching trio of Braden Olthoff, Jack Aldrich and Luke Jannetta that allowed the Green Wave to win so many early-season games.

Olthoff, a 6’4″ right-handed junior from California, led the staff in wins (4-0), ERA (0.32), strikeouts (47), shutouts (one) and complete games (one) in his four starts. It marked the first season in Tulane after spending the previous two seasons at Palomar College in California.

Aldrich, a left-handed redshirt sophomore, also started four games on the mound, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his 19.1 innings pitched.

Jannetta, a freshman out of Georgia, started only two games, but appeared as a reliever in five additional games, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.37 ERA, 16 strikeouts and one save.

Donovan Benoit (four), Clifton Slagel (two) and Chris Holcomb (one) combined for the remaining seven starts on the mound.

Opposing teams hit just .214 against Tulane’s 2020 staff.

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