NEW ORLEANS, La.–For four years, Tulane University baseball standout Tommy Manzella has been the quintessential student-athlete: carrying the Green Wave both at the plate and in the field, as well as maintaining a high grade point average in the classroom.
On Thursday, Manzella was formally recognized for his accomplishments as the senior shortstop from Chalmette, La., was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI University Division Baseball Team, which recognizes the top student-athletes from schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. As a member of the All-District VI team, Manzella is now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on May 31.
Manzella, a three-time Conference USA Commissioner's List and Tulane 3.0 Club honoree, earned the distinction after posting a 3.427 career GPA as a double major in marketing and legal studies.
In addition to his standout performance in the world of academia, Manzella has saved his best year for his senior season athletically as he tops the team in batting average (.370), RBI (49), hits (78), doubles (20) and stolen bases (18) while ranking third on the club in home runs (seven) and slugging percentage (.583).
Manzella is one of two C-USA student-athletes and part of a trio of Louisiana players to earn All-District VI Team honors as Southern Miss infielder Marc Maddox. LSU pitcher Jason Determann and Southeastern Louisiana outfielder Ryan Spencer were named to the squad as well.
The academic honor is the first for a Green Wave baseball player since 2002 when then-senior James Jurries claimed All-District VI honors before earning third-team Academic All-America recognition.
Manzella and the Green Wave return to action on Friday, May 13, when Tulane travels to Missouri to open a three-game series against Conference USA foe Saint Louis at 7 p.m. (CDT) at the Billiken Sports Complex. All three games of the weekend series in Saint Louis will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690.
Manzella Named To Academic All-District VI Team
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