Dec. 21, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane third baseman Jake Gautreau received Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American Honors, while Green Wave squad begins the 2001 campaign ranked No. 33 according to the poll released by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball on Thursday.
Gautreau (McAllen, Texas), the 2000 Conference USA Player of the Year, finished the 2000 season with a team high 16 home runs, 68 RBI, and hit .388. He received Summer All-American honors from Baseball America in 2000 after a successful stint with Team USA.
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 All-Conference USA selections James Jurries (Lake Jackson, Texas), Steve Shirley (Tampa, Fla.), Nick Bourgeois (Lake Charles, La.), James Burgess (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Gautreau, as well as 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-40 poll including No. 3 LSU, No. 32 Southern Miss and No. 37 Pepperdine.
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.