NEW ORLEANS, La.–Tulane University baseball standout Brian Bogusevic was named third-team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the organization announced on Thursday.
Bogusevic claimed the preseason honor after earning second-team All-America recognition by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America Magazine, being named third-team All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com and claiming first-team All-South Region by the ABCA as a sophomore.
A native of Oak Lawn, Ill., Bogusevic stood out both at the plate and on the mound in 2004. With his bat, he led Tulane 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). On the mound, he paced 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).
A second-team All-Conference USA honoree in 2004, Bogusevic was 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 C-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, LSWA 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 give up just two earned runs on eight hits in 8.2 innings of work vs. Washington in the opener.
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 for the College World Series, the boys in Olive and Blue return seven positional starters and nine experienced pitchers for the upcoming 2005 season.
Bogusevic is one of two Conference USA players to earn preseason All-America honors from the NCBWA as TCU sophomore shortstop Shelby Ford also claimed third-team recognition. In addition, Bogusevic is one of three Louisiana baseball standouts to claim a spot on the NCBWA preseason third team, joining LSU senior outfielder Ryan Patterson and Northwestern State senior pitcher Clayton Turner.
Tulane's Bogusevic Named Preseason All-American
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