Louisville Slugger Names Tulane Duo All-Americans

Bogusevic and Micah Owings were named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday on the eve of the 2005 NCAA Regionals. Bogusevic claimed first-team honors as a pitcher while Owings was named to the second team as a utility athlete

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Tulane University baseball standouts Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings were named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday on the eve of the 2005 NCAA Regionals.

Bogusevic claimed first-team honors as a pitcher while Owings was named to the second team as a utility athlete. The All-America announcement comes one day after the dynamic duo were named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honors Team, and Thursday's accolades make Bogusevic and Owings the first two Green Wave student-athletes to earn All-America recognition in the same season since 2001 when Andy Cannizaro and Jake Gautreau claimed the distinction.

Bogusevic, a junior from Oak Lawn, Ill., earned All-America honors for the second consecutive season after leading the Green Wave with a 2.57 ERA, 12 wins, 112.0 innings pitched and a .235 opponent batting average while ranking second on the club with 114 strikeouts. He posted eight-plus strikeout performances nine times, including 10 at Louisville (March 26) and vs. TCU (May 20), and a career-best 13 in the season-opener vs. Southeast Missouri State (Feb. 11).

A first-team All-Conference USA honoree, Bogusevic has also made his presence felt at the plate. Despite a nagging hamstring injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of the first two months of the season, he is hitting .324 (35-for-108) with seven doubles, 20 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Owings, meanwhile, was named to the second-team after leading the Green Wave offense with 16 home runs, three triples and a .707 slugging percentage while pacing the Tulane pitching staff with 117 strikeouts. The All-America distinction was the second of Owings' career as the junior from Gainesville, Ga., earned the honor in 2003 when he was a freshman at Georgia Tech.

Earlier this season, Owings was named 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year and first-team All C-USA as the utility athlete. At the plate, he ranks second on the team with 54 RBI and a .448 on-base percentage, and fourth with 15 doubles and 128 total bases. From the mound, he is 9-4 with a 3.63 ERA to go along with a .235 opponent batting average and just 17 walks in 106.2 innings of work.

Bogusevic and Owings were two of four C-USA players to claim Louisville Slugger All-America honors, as TCU right-hander Lance Broadway was a first-team selection and Southern Miss catcher Brad Willcutt was named to the third team. In addition, the Tulane duo were two a half dozen players from Louisiana programs to earn All-America recognition as Louisiana-Lafayette southpaw Austin Faught joined LSU outfielder Ryan Patterson and Tigers' left-hander Greg Smith on the second team, while Louisiana-Monroe righty Matt Green claimed a spot on the third team.

Bogusevic, Owings and the Green Wave return to action on Friday, June 3, when Tulane plays host to the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave open postseason play vs. fourth-seeded Southern at 2:30 p.m., while second-seeded Alabama battles third-seeded UL-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the New Orleans Regional advances to the Super Regional where it will play a three-game series against the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional (LSU, Rice, Northwestern State and Marist) for the right to advance to the College World Series.


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