Tulane center fielder John Gandolfo was removed from the team, Tulane officials confirmed to The Advocate on Friday night.
Sources close to the situation said Green Wave teammates took a team vote this week that resulted in his dismissal by coach David Pierce.
Tulane officials would not disclose how or why Gandolfo is no longer with the team when the Green Wave opened play in the Baton Rouge regional at Alex Box Stadium against UNC Wilmington.
The senior outfielder transferred to Tulane from Marshall before 2014 and started 39 games in 2015 after starting center fielder Grant Brown was injured in the opening month. But after struggling in the latter part of the year, Gandolfo’s playing time was curbed significantly in the latter weeks of the season as Tulane climbed into postseason contention.
He hit .250 in 46 games, driving in 17 and collecting seven extra-base hits.
Tulane’s starting outfield Friday night was Richard Carthon in center field, Lex Kaplan in right and Jackson Johnson in left.