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Tulane Baseball Claims C-USA Player, Freshman, And Coach Of The Year Honors

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Gautreau leads C-USA in RBI (80), slugging percentage (.705) and home runs (20) this season.
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Gautreau leads C-USA in RBI (80), slugging percentage (.705) and home runs (20) this season.
TULANEGREENWAVE.COM

May 15, 2001

NEW ORLEANS -- Tulane's Jake Gautreau was named the Conference USA Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, marking the first time this has happened in C-USA history, the league office announced on Tuesday. Michael Aubrey received the C-USA Freshman of the Year honors and Head Coach Rick Jones was named the C-USA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

A total of nine Green Wave were named to the various All-Conference USA teams.

Gautreau leads C-USA in RBI (80), slugging percentage (.705) and home runs (20) this season. He is hitting .357 with 17 doubles. He was named the C-USA Hitter of the Week twice and received national Player of the Week honors for Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. For the third year, the player of the year has garned a Tulane uniform. Assistant coach Chad Sutter was named the league player of the year in 1999. Gautreau was also named to the All-Conference USA First Team.

Aubrey is the second freshman from Tulane in three years to be named the C-USA Freshman of the Year. He has been large part of the Green Wave's success at the plate and on the mound. Aubrey is hitting .352 with 12 home runs and 12 doubles. Through 46 1/3 innings of work he has a 3-0 record and a 4.86 ERA. Aubrey was also named to the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Freshman Team.

Jones led the team to its best regular season finish, 45-9, and a 21-6 record in Conference USA play. This season the team won its third regular season C-USA title and received its highest ranking under Jones, No. 6 according to Baseball America. Tulane was 11-0 against instate opponents and recorded 40-plus wins for the sixth year. Jones was named the C-USA Coach of the Year in 1997.

Andy Cannizaro, James Jurries, Matt Groff, Steve Shirley and Matt Foster were named to the All-Conference USA First Team. This season, Cannizaro has rewritten the Tulane record books and is hitting .366 with 28 doubles and 40 stolen bases. He is now the career lead in stolen bases with 116 and doubles with 79.

After missing the first six weeks of the season with a broken wrist, Jurries is hitting .361 with eight home runs. Groff has a team high .399 average with 44 RBI. Shirley hit .320 with 56 RBI and 12 home runs. Foster is the lone Green Wave pitcher on the first team. Through 80 innings of work, he has a 3.38 ERA and a 9-3 record.

Tulane placed a league high seven on the All-Conference USA First Team.

Jon Kaplan received All-Conference USA Second Team. He is hitting .363 with 10 doubles and 17 stolen bases.

Anthony Giarratano was named to the All-Freshman team. He has started all but one game at second base and is hitting .317 on the season.

Tulane plays Charlotte on Wednesday May 16, in the first round of the 2001 FedEx Conference USA Baseball Tournament at Zephyr Field. The first pitch is 7:30 p.m.

2001 CONFERENCE USA BASEBALL AWARDS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jake Gautreau, Tulane

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
John Maine, Charlotte

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Michael Aubrey, Tulane

COACH OF THE YEAR
Rick Jones, Tulane

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
IF Andy Cannizaro Tulane
IF Jake Gautreau Tulane
IF James Jurries Tulane
IF Daniel Uggla Memphis
IF Kevin Youkilis Cincinnati
OF Michael Aubrey Tulane
OF Daniel Boyd South Florida
OF Matt Groff Tulane
OF Matt Singer Cincinnati
C Chris Hamblen Cincinnati
DH Steve Shirley Tulane
P Matt Foster Tulane
P Ben Hutton Saint Louis
P John Maine Charlotte
P Brad Sullivan Houston
RP Josh Ring Louisville

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
IF Brett Clark Cincinnati
IF Myron Leslie South Florida
IF George Sandel Charlotte
IF Nick Steiner Saint Louis
IF Craig Tewes Cincinnati
OF Jeff Cook Southern Miss
OF Michael Bourn Houston
OF Mike Hook Louisville
OF Jon Kaplan Tulane
C Chris Snyder Houston
DH Mike Orrico Saint Louis
P Shea Douglas Southern Miss
P Austin Faught Houston
P Andre Parks UAB
P John Vigue South Florida
RP Curtus Moak Cincinnati

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Michael Aubrey, P/OF, Tulane
Thomas Bowker, OF, Charlotte
Michael Bourn, OF, Houston
Hyung Cho, 3B, Houston
Austin Faught, P, Houston
Gene Flores, P, Houston
Anthony Giarratano, 2B, Tulane
Mark Jurich, OF, Louisville
Myron Leslie, 3B, South Florida
Tony Maynard, P, Cincinnati
Brad Sullivan, P, Houston
John Uhl, P, South Florida