March 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball's Brandon Boudreaux isn't just a leader on the field - he is one in the classroom and in the community. On Thursday, he was named a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
Boudreaux is one of thirty NCAA baseball student-athletes who was named as a finalist for the award. The Senior CLASS - an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School - focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
"This is well deserved," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "Brandon is a tremendous young man who goes 100 percent every day in the classroom and on the field. He comes from a great, local family, and I'm proud to have him on my team."
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Boudreaux recently completed his second to last semester at Tulane, where he compiled a 3.896 GPA. The Mandeville, La., native was named a CoSIDA/Capital One Third Team Academic All-American in 2012 as well as being named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team last season.
Boudreaux, along with the rest of Tulane's baseball squad, plays an annual softball game with students from St. Michael's Special School in New Orleans. The game, which is dedicated to helping students with major learning disabilities and special education needs, pairs students with Tulane baseball players - such as Boudreaux - where the athletes help the students play a game. Boudreaux and the team also visit the students at their school in December every year to participate in holiday festivities.
On his own time, Boudreaux has taken part in Tulane's `Shadow an Athlete' program, where underprivileged children in the greater New Orleans area are paired with a student athlete for a day. The student is allowed to attend classes, practices, meetings and have lunch with the athlete. Boudreaux has taken part in this event every semester since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2009.
On the field, Boudreaux has been one of the top performers Tulane has seen over the last decade. He was named a First Team All-Conference USA Team member for his junior campaign, and he earned Conference USA Hitter of the Week award three times in 2012, the most ever in one year by a Green Wave player. He also earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors in 2010.
For his career, Boudreaux owns a .295 batting average in 164 games, notching 13 home runs, 82 RBIs and 180 hits.
The candidates will be narrowed to ten halfway through the season, and the winner of the award will be named during the College World Series.
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Mark Appel, Stanford
Shane Basen, Charlotte
Blake Beemer, Ball State
Brandon Boudreaux, Tulane
Chase Brookshire, Belmont
Joe Burg, Hofstra
Chase Byerly, Butler
Nick Camastro, Manhattan
Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist
Johnny Coy, Wichita State
LB Dantzler, South Carolina
Jordan Enos, Holy Cross
Michael Felton, Campbell
Nick Ferraresi, Columbia
Mitch Garver, New Mexico
Sean Hagan, St. John's
Reed Harper, Austin Peay
Mike Le Bel, Rhode Island
Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton
Jeff Melillo, Rutgers
Alex Mendez, South Florida
Austin Montgomery, Southern Illinois
Matt Pare, Boston
Colton Plaia, Loyola Marymount
Raph Rhymes, LSU
Chris Rowley, Army
John Sheridan, Brown
John Straka, North Dakota State
Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech
Greg Zebrack, Southern California