Jan. 3, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane Green Wave baseball team was ranked 19th according to the Baseball America Preseason Top-25 College Baseball Poll the publication announced Wednesday.
The Green Wave wrapped up the 2000 season with its third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and a 38-22-1 overall record.
This season Tulane returns seven starters including the 2000 Conference USA Player of the Year, Jake Gautreau, All-Conference USA selections James Jurries (Lake Jackson, Texas), Steve Shirley (Tampa, Fla.), Nick Bourgeois (Lake Charles, La.), James Burgess (Las Vegas, Nev.) The squad also returns Matt Groff (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and Andy Cannizaro (Mandeville, La.). New to the roster in 2001 are Junior National Team member Michael Aubrey (Shreveport, La.) and prep standout Anthony Giarratano (Marlboro, N.J.).
The Wave is scheduled to play three teams in the top-25 poll including No. 3 LSU, 18 Pepperdine and No. 25 Southern Miss.
In December, Tulane was ranked 33rd by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll.
Tulane opens the 2001 season with a three-game home series against Sam
Houston State beginning on Friday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.