Tulane's Southard, Emaus, Named All-America

Southard earned the preseason honor after an outstanding junior campaign in 2005 when he hit .341 (95-for-279) with a .563 slugging percentage on the strength of a team-best 24 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. He drove in a career-high 53 runs, scored a team-leading 80 runs and was 16-for-20 in stolen bases. Emaus, meanwhile, earned the preseason distinction after earning 2005 C-USA Freshman of the Year, first-team All C-USA and Louisville Slugger and Baseball America Freshman All-America

LUBBOCK, Texas–Tulane University baseball standouts Nathan Southard and Brad Emaus were named to the Seventh Annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America Team for 2006, the NCBWA announced Tuesday.

Southard, a senior outfielder from Luling, La., claimed second-team honors while Emaus, a sophomore third baseman from Senoia, Ga., garnered third-team recognition. The preseason honors are the first for both student-athletes.

Southard earned the preseason honor after an outstanding junior campaign in 2005 when he hit .341 (95-for-279) with a .563 slugging percentage on the strength of a team-best 24 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. He drove in a career-high 53 runs, scored a team-leading 80 runs and was 16-for-20 in stolen bases.

He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors, C-USA All-Tournament and All-NCAA New Orleans Regional honors in 2005, and was named C-USA Tournament MVP after hitting .583 (7-for-13) with three home runs and six RBI. All three of his long balls came in a semifinal showdown vs. Houston (May 28), which tied the Tulane and C-USA Tourney single-game record.

Southard also tallied a pair of impressing hitting streaks with a 13-gamer from Feb. 12-March 8 when he hit .400 (18-for-45) with six doubles, a home run and 11 RBI, and a 21-game streak – which stands second all-time in Tulane history –from April 30-June 18 when he hit .379 (36-for-95) with seven doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI.

Emaus, meanwhile, earned the preseason distinction after earning 2005 C-USA Freshman of the Year, first-team All C-USA and Louisville Slugger and Baseball America Freshman All-America honors. As a true freshman, Emaus started all 68 games and hit .321 (84-for-262) with a .542 slugging percentage courtesy of 19 doubles and 13 home runs. He scored 71 runs and posted a 1.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 43 bases on balls and just 38 Ks.

He tallied at least one hit in 28 of the Green Wave's 30 C-USA games, and three of his 13 home runs were grand slams and helped account for 56 RBI, which ranked second on the team in 2005. Emaus also earned All C-USA Tournament and All-NCAA New Orleans Regional honors, and had a 10-game hitting streak from April 15-30 when he hit .318 (14-for-44) with six doubles, two home runs and nine RBI.

Southard and Emaus are two of five C-USA members to earn NCWA Preseason All-America honors, joining first teamers Daniel Best of Southern Miss (relief pitcher) and the Rice duo of Josh Rodriguez (SS) and Joe Savery (INF/RHP), and third-team honoree Tim Bascom (RHP) from UCF.


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