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Tulane's Tommy Manzella Named Academic All-America
Manzella, a senior shortstop from Chalmette, La., earned third-team honors for his performance both on the field and in the classroom. A May 2005 graduate of Tulane's prestigious A.B. Freeman School of Business with a bachelor's degree in marketing and legal studies, Manzella posted a 3.42 grade point average during his academic career. In addition, he leads the top-ranked Green Wave on the field with a .359 batting average, 57 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
A 2005 first-team All-Conference USA honoree as a shortstop, Manzella became eligible for Academic All-America honors after earning Academic All-District VI University Division Baseball Team honors on May 12. Manzella is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's List and Tulane 3.0 Club honoree.
In addition to his standout performance in the world of academia, Manzella has saved his best year for his senior season athletically where in addition to leading the club in batting average, RBI and stolen bases, he also paces the squad in hits (88), total bases (138) and assists (157), ranks tied for the team lead in doubles (22), third in slugging percentage (.563) and fourth in home runs (seven).
Manzella is the lone C-USA representative on the 2005 Academic All-America team, and is joined on the squad by LSU relief pitcher Jason Determann, who was named to the second team.
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, 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 Louisiana-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 vs. 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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