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Tulane baseball ready to embrace expectations

(Source: FOX 8) Tulane baseball ranked as high as #19 in one preseason poll (Source: FOX 8) Tulane baseball ranked as high as #19 in one preseason poll

Welcome to Tulane baseball 2016 where expectations, optimism and most of all comfort is high as David Pierce enters his second year as head coach of hte Greenies.

David Pierce:" Year two is so much easier for us as a staff because a year ago, our players had no idea what to expect from our staff, our coaching styles, our philosophies, our coverages, the things that we do."

In eight days their season will begin. Along with talent, the Wave will field a nice blend of youth and experience. They have 11 freshmen and 23 upper classmen, led by junior infielder Stephen Alemais.

"Stephen is an All-American, well -deserved. And I think what I'm so impressed with Stephen right now is how he approached the summer, the fall, the excitement he has for his team," Pierce said. "He's shown great leadership and that;s what we need from that position."

The pitching staff will be deep. They return Corey Merrill and will have J.P. France back after missing last year.

"We are going to be experienced on the mound. We're not an overpowering pitching staff, we have to pitch. We have to pitch 3, 4 pitches. We have to pitch backwards. We have a saying that says we truly would not want to give in to hitting."

The Green Wave haven't been to Omaha since 2005. But after being ranked 19th in one preseason poll, 2016 may be the year that drought finally comes to an end.

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