Baseball Preseason Favorites In Conference USA Poll



Jan. 23, 2001


The Tulane baseball team has been selected as the preseason favorite in the 2001 Conference USA poll, chosen by the league's 10 head coaches, the league office announced on Tuesday. Tulane third baseman Jake Gautreau, the 2000 C-USA Player of the Year last season, is the preseason Player of the Year.

Last season, Gautreau posted a team best 16 home runs, drove in 68 runs, hit .388 and was named an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches' Association. He spent last summer with Team USA and was named a Summer All-American for his strong performance.

Tulane made its third straight NCAA appearance and finished the season at 38-22-1 after posting a second place mark in C-USA with a 20-6-1league record. The Green Wave returns seven position players, including three that were named to the preseason all-league team. Joining Gautreau on the preseason all-league team are junior infielder James Jurries (.338, 20 2B, 12 HR, 51 RBI) and senior designated hitter Steve Shirley (.362, 19 2B, 9 HR, 56 RBI). The Green Wave is ranked in all three preseason polls, with its highest ranking in the Baseball America poll at 19th.

On Saturday, January 27, Tulane hosts its annual Alumni Game at Turchin Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and admission is free. Alumni slated to play in this weekend's game include Chad Sutter, former player and assistant coach, Jack Cressend, of the Minnesota Twins and Scott Sidwell, Tulane Associate Athletics Director.

Tulane opens the 2001 regular season with a three-game home series against Sam Houston State beginning on Friday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.