Tulane baseball standouts Matt Barket and Brian Bogusevic claimed All-America honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers and CollegeBaseballInsiders.com, respectively, the publications announced on Thursday.
Barket, a junior outfielder from Miami, Fla., picked up third-team honors from the NCBWA while Bogusevic, a sophomore pitcher/outfielder from Oak Lawn, Ill., claimed honorable-mention recognition from the on-line service. The duo's postseason honors marks the ninth consecutive season Tulane had at least one player earn All-America honors, dating back to the 1996 season.
After transferring to Tulane after a pair of seasons at the University of Miami, Barket sparked the Green Wave offense both with his bat and his fiery personality as the former Hurricane led Tulane in hitting (.370) and was the squad's emotional leader. Barket earned first-team
All-Conference USA honors after leading the team in hits (88), on-base percentage (.450) and stolen bases (13) while ranking second in doubles
(tied with 17), RBI (52) and walks (34).
Barket also ranked second on the team with 26 multiple-hit games and also had 14 multiple-RBI contests. He was one of three players to start
all 62 games for the Green Wave in 2004, and his batting average never dipped below .300 at any point during the year.
He had a 12-game hitting streak from March 12 through April 3 when he hit .400 (22-for-50) with three doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI, and
was named Conference USA Co-Hitter of the Wee on March 22 after hitting .560 (14-for-25) with three doubles, three RBI, two stolen bases and
seven runs scored in a five-game stretch.
Bogusevic, meanwhile, stood out both at the plate and on the mound in his sophomore season. With the bat, he led the team in RBI (68), triples
(4) and total bases (132) while ranking second in home runs (10) and slugging percentage (.559) and fourth in hitting (.339).
From the bump, Bogusevic led the team in innings pitched (111.2) and strikeouts (84), finished tied for the team lead in wins (9), and third
in ERA (4.19) and opponent batting average (.289). He posted eight games with at least five strikeouts, including a career-best 10 vs. Southern Miss (April 24) and again vs. Saint Louis (May 14).
For his two-way play, Bogusevic earned second-team All C-USA honors as a utility athlete. He was also the only player in the nation in 2004
to earn a national weekly honor as both a hitter and a pitcher. On April 12, he was named Conference USA, Louisiana Sports Writers Association and NCBWA Pitcher of the Week after tossing 8.2 scoreless innings vs. arch-rival LSU with four strikeouts, no walks and just four singles. Then, on May 17, he was named C-USA Player of the Week, Louisiana Player of the Week and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after hitting .538 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI.
In the postseason, Bogusevic claimed Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional after another stellar two-way showing. He
hit .364 with a home run and six RBI while also picking up a win on the mound when he struck out three and gave up just two earned runs on eight hits in 8.2 innings of work vs. Washington in the opener.
Barket, Bogusevic and the Green Wave concluded the 2004 season 41-21 on the year, finishing runner-up in C-USA and advancing all the way to the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional. While Tulane fell just one step shy of making it to Omaha, the boys in Olive and Blue return seven positional
starters and nine experienced pitchers are slated to return next year.
Barket, Bogusevic Named All-Americans
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