PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast right-handed pitcher Tyler Hoffman has signed a scholarship to continue his collegiate baseball career at NCAA Division I Tulane.
"I couldn't really turn it down," he said. "I had a lot of other schools interested in me, but I felt that was my best fit. That was where I belonged so I went toward 'em."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounded from Mobile went 4-4 with a 5.43 ERA as a freshman, but he's seen a spike in his velocity thanks in part to some hard work in the weight room.
"Tyler's come a long way since his freshman year," Gulf Coast coach Wes Thigpen said. "He's been on a mission to sign with a big-time school like Tulane. He put on about 20 pounds. He's got his fastball up to 93 mph, and he's developed a slider over the short fall he runs it up to 82-83 mph."
Tulane, which has a storied baseball history, went 32-36 last season and advanced to the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Green Wave are coached by Travis Jewett.
Hoffman saw interest pick up after participating in the MACJC Sophomore Showcase. A lot of schools expressed interest in him, but he said the difficult decision pointed to New Orleans.
He'll be on the mound at Ken "Curly" Farris Field for his sophomore season at Perk this spring. He credits his time here with getting him to this spot.
"I learned to follow my dream," Hoffman said. "The coaches last year gave me the opportunity. I'm an out-of-stater, and there's only four spots. I think it was the best decision I ever made in my life."
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