Tulane's Aubrey Among Finalists For Golden Spikes

A preseason All-American and Conference USA Player of the Year, Aubrey's .714 slugging percentage and .504 on-base percentage leads the team and he is fielding .992 with 449 putouts and 37 assists while helping the team turn 40 double plays. Aubrey is tied for the team lead with 27 multiple-hit games, including two four-hit contests, and holds the outright multiple-RBI games lead with 19, including a five-RBI outing.

Tulane University junior first baseman Michael Aubrey was named one of five finalists for the 2003 Golden Spikes Award as the nation's player of the year, as announced Tuesday afternoon by USA Baseball in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Aubrey, who leads the team and Conference USA with a .432 batting average while tallying 12 home runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 65 RBI and 13 stolen bases, joins fellow Louisiana collegian infielder Rickie Weeks of Southern on the five-man semifinal list, along with outfielder Carlos Quinton of Stanford and pitchers Kyle Sleeth and Tim Stauffer of Wake Forest and Richmond, respectively.

"This is a well deserved honor, and one that I feel he has the numbers and the intangibles to win," head coach Rick Jones said. "Michael's numbers speak for themselves, and I think he's a viable candidate to win the award. I'm excited for him, and I'm excited for what this means to our program."

A preseason All-American and Conference USA Player of the Year, Aubrey's .714 slugging percentage and .504 on-base percentage leads the team and he is fielding .992 with 449 putouts and 37 assists while helping the team turn 40 double plays. Aubrey is tied for the team lead with 27 multiple-hit games, including two four-hit contests, and holds the outright multiple-RBI games lead with 19, including a five-RBI outing.

Aubrey has earned weekly honors twice in 2003, claiming Louisiana Hitter of the Week recognition on Feb. 17 after hitting .600 with a homer, seven RBI and two steals in three games, and garnering C-USA and National Hitter of the Week honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on March 24 after hitting .765 in four games with a 1.412 slugging percentage courtesy of two doubles and three home runs.

The 2001 National Freshman of the Year, Aubrey was honored by USA Baseball as its 2002 Athlete of the Year after helping the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the inaugural FISU World University Baseball Championships last summer. He led the squad in the triple-crown categories, becoming the first player in Team USA history to hit .400 with wooden bats. In addition to leading the squad with a .405 batting average, Aubrey paced the club in hits (45), home runs (6), RBI (26) and runs scored (25).

Four of the five student-athletes are the first players to ever be named a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalist from their respective schools, while Quinton is the 10th finalist from Stanford.

The 2003 Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 15, during the broadcast of the 26th Annual Golden Spikes Award show. The broadcast will be seen on various cable sports networks, each covering a region of the country from which the five Golden Spikes Award finalists are from. The television show will be aired just a few hours prior to the MLB All-Star Game on FOX.

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