TULANE'S BOGUSEVIC, OWINGS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS

One day after the Tulane University baseball team claimed the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Preseason Top 25, Green Wave standouts Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings were named to the Preseason All-America Teams, the national publication announced Thursday

NEW ORLEANS, La.–One day after the Tulane University baseball team claimed the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Preseason Top 25, Green Wave standouts Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings were named to the Preseason All-America Teams, the national publication announced Thursday.

Bogusevic was named to the first team while Owings claimed second-team honors. The preseason accolade is the second of the year for Owings, who claimed second-team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball. Bogusevic meanwhile, made the list for the third time this season after claiming third-team honors from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Last season, Bogusevic led the Tulane offense 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 even better in the postseason, when he 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.

Owings claimed second-team All-America honors after putting up impressive numbers in two seasons at Georgia Tech where he was a two-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, the 2003 ACC Freshman of the Year and a All-American as a rookie. A right-handed pitcher who can play first and third base as well as in the outfield, Owings hit 30 home runs and won 18 games during his stay in Atlanta.

A native of Gainesville, Ga., Owings is a career .313 hitter with 106 RBI, and has twice been selected in the MLB Draft; in the second round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school in 2002 and 19th round by the Chicago Cubs last summer. On the mound, he has an 18-6 record with a 3.93 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 201.1 innings of work. Bogusevic and Owings are the only two players from Conference USA to claim preseason All-America honors, but are joined on the team by fellow Louisiana standout Matt Liuzza of LSU, who claimed third-team recognition at catcher.

The Green Wave opens the 2005 regular season on Friday, Feb. 11 when they open a three-game weekend against Southeast Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For season ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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