Bertman, Fontenot Honored by Collegiate Baseball

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Head Coach Skip Bertman of LSU has been named National Coach of The Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. It marks the fifth time Bertman has been honored as National Coach of The Year by Collegiate Baseball with previous awards being presented to the LSU skipper in 1997, 1996, 1993 and 1991.

Additionally, Brad Cresse was named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball first team while Brad Hawpe was named to the third team. These teams are also selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball.

Bertman, who led the Tigers to their fifth national baseball championship in the last 10 years with a 6-5 victory over Stanford at the College World Series, did an amazing job resurrecting a team that began the year with a sub-par 6-5 record that included a five-game losing streak, the longest in the coach's tenure at LSU.

After the tough start, Bertman and his coaching staff led the Tigers to a 46-12 record the rest of the season. LSU closed the year with 13 consecutive wins as the Tigers went 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference tournament, 3-0 in Subregional action, 2-0 in Super Regional contests and 4-0 in the College World Series. The Tigers completed the postseason undefeated for the first time in school history. The 13-game winning streak was the longest by an LSU club since the 1998 Tigers won 13 in a row.

Under Bertman, LSU has never lost a College World Series championship game with national titles in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and now 2000. Only legendary Southern California Coach Rod Dedeaux has more national championships than Bertman with 10.

Previous Collegiate Baseball National Coaches of The Year include:

2000: Skip Bertman, LSU
1999: Jim Morris, Miami (Fla.)
1998: Mike Gillespie, Southern Calif.; Mike Batesole, Cal. St. Northridge
1997: Skip Bertman, LSU
1996: Skip Bertman, LSU
; Andy Lopez, Florida
1995: Augie Garrido, Cal. St. Fullerton
1994: Larry Cochell, Oklahoma
1993: Skip Bertman, LSU
1992: Andy Lopez, Pepperdine
1991: Skip Bertman, LSU
1990: Steve Webber, Georgia
1989: Dave Snow, Long Beach St.
1988: Larry Cochell, Cal. St. Fullerton
1987: Mark Marquess, Stanford
1986: Jerry Kindall, Arizona
1985: Ron Fraser, Miami (Fla.)
1984: Augie Garrido, Cal. St. Fullerton
1983: Cliff Gustafson, Texas
1982: Ron Fraser, Miami (Fla.)
1981: Jim Brock, Arizona St.
1980: Jerry Kindall, Arizona

Freshman All-America Team

TUCSON, Ariz. ¨ The 2000 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team features a WhoĂs Who of tremendous baseball talent. The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball newspaperĂs Co-Freshman Players of The Year in third baseman Kevin Howard of Miami (Fla.), relief pitcher Zane Carlson of Baylor, and second baseman Mike Fontenot of Louisiana St.

Howard had a sensational year for the Hurricanes as he was voted the teamĂs MVP. He hit .414 with 29 doubles, 4 homers and 47 RBI. Howard recorded a team-high 20 multiple hit games and had 13 multiple RBI games, including a 7-RBI game against Long Beach St. He holds the UM freshman single-game records for at bats (8, twice), runs scored (5), doubles (3), home runs (2) and RBI (7). He also set a record when he reached base 14 consecutive times this season.

Carlson was a first team Big 12 Conference selection. He posted 15 saves with a 2.28 ERA. In 24 appearances, he struck out 46 batters, walked 21 and limited opposing hitters to a .188 batting average. The talented Baylor pitcher broke the BearsĂ single-season saves record previously held by Collegiate BaseballĂs 1999 National Player of The Year Jason Jennings who played for Baylor as well.

Fontenot was Freshman of The Year in the Southeastern Conference and hit .344 with 16 homers, 60 RBI and scored 80 runs. He broke the LSU freshman record of 15 homers set by teammate Blair Barbier. Fontenot finished the regular season tied for the SEC lead in runs scored (80). His slugging percentage was .585, and his on-base percentage was .440.

Here is a rundown on the 2000 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper:

RHP Darrell Rasner, Nevada
RHP Bob Brownlie, Rutgers
LHP Mitch Stetter, Indiana St.
LHP Jamie Rodrigue, Nebraska
LHP Joe Saunders, Virginia Tech.
LHP Matt Lynch, Florida St.
RHP Austin Mix, Oklahoma
RHP Greg Conden, George Washington
RHP Aaron Rembert, N.C. Asheville
RHP Joey Simon, Florida
RHP Jarrod Schmidt, Clemson
RHP Scott Greene, East Carolina
P - Zane Carlson, Baylor
P - David Boehle, Princeton
P - Ozzie Lugo, Florida International
P - Reed Pawelk, Iowa

C - John Schneider, Delaware

1B - Andy Schutzenhofer, Illinois
1B - Nick Swisher, Ohio St.
1B - Scott Edwardsen, LeMoyne
1B - Mike Galloway, Central Michigan
1B - Danny Matienzo, Miami (Fla.)
1B - A.J. Ellis, Austin Peay

2B - Mike Fontenot, LSU
2B - Anthony Lunetta, Southern California
2B - Jack Headley, Santa Clara

SS - Drew Meyer, South Carolina
SS - Matthew Maniscalco, Mississippi St.
SS - Jeff Baker, Clemson

3B - Kevin Howard, Miami (Fla.)
3B - Joe Drapeau, Maine
3B - Brian Barden, Oregon St.
3B - Matt Craig, Richmond

OF - Adam Greenberg, North Carolina
OF - Brian Stavisky, Notre Dame
OF - Keith Butler, Liberty
OF - Matt Carson, Brigham Young
OF - Mike Taylor, N. C. Charlotte
OF - Bob Malek, Michigan St.

UT - Ryan Gordon, North Carolina Greensboro
UT - Danny Lopaze, Virginia Commonwealth
UT - Dewan Day, Jackson St.

DH - Matt Hopper, Nebraska
DH - Mike Mileusnic, Dartmouth

Honorable Mention

Pitchers: Ben Clayton, Wake Forest; Daniel Hodges, Florida St.; Mike Hernandez, Fresno St.; Taylor Childress, Vanderbilt; Chris Leonard, Miami (Ohio), Jared Hemus, San Diego; Jason Martina, San Francisco; Jason Waddell, New Orleans; Justin Maureau, Wichita St.; Ben Thurmond, Winthrop; Bill Kasten, Maryland-Balt. County; Dewan Day, Jackson St.; Bryan Harris, Houston; Shea Douglas, Southern Mississippi; Tyler Balentine, Buffalo; Zach Placzek, St. Louis; Andy Gros, Louisiana-Lafayette, Caleb McCon-nell, Louisiana-Monroe; Nick Bour-geois, Tulane; Dave Penny, East Carolina; Ryan Bullington, Ball St.; Kiki Bengochea, Miami (Fla.); Chris Reilly, Seton Hall; Chris Young, Mississippi St.; Dirk Hayhurst, Kent St.; Jeff Watchko, Georgia Tech.; Jesse Cramer, Duquesne; Joseph Blanton, Kentucky; Mark Michael, Kentucky; Andy Wilson, Stetson; Anthony Santopolo, Fordham; Bo Pettit, LSU; Brian Slocum, Villanova; David Talamantez, Lamar; Jason Vincent, Delaware; Kevin Niemczura, St. Bonaventure; Scott Wade, Kentucky; Tom Kandybowicz, Villanova; Rory Shortell, San Diego St., Brent Metheny, James Madison.

Infielders: Antonio Cogar, Alabama St., Pat OĂBrien, Kent St.; Dewan Day, Jackson St.; Brad Erwin, N.C. Charlotte; Bryan Sanchez, Buffalo; Mike Huggins, Baylor; Vasili Spanos, Indiana; Steve Harden, Delaware; Stefan Bailie, Washington St.; Mike Prochaska, North Carolina St.; Nick Italiano, Pennsylvania; Eric Rodland, Gonzaga; Troy Cairns, New Mexico; Luke Appert, Minnesota; Mark Teahen, St. MaryĂs; Omar Pena, Northeastern; Brad Lamm, N.C. Charlotte; Dennis Wyrick, Arizona St.; Mike Martinez, Cal. St. Fullerton; Bilal Omar, Northern Illinois; Dusty Young, New Mexico; Jake Miller, Navy; Jonathan Schuerholz, Auburn; Tila Reynolds, Washington; Zach Borowiak, S.E. Missouri; Joseph Peer, Austin Peay; Kainoa Obrey, Brigham Young; Tom McLaughlin, Fairleigh Dickinson; Chris Dick, Wagner; Aaron McEachran, Northern Iowa; Chris Hall, Indiana St.; Tim McCabe, West Virginia; Mike McCoy, San Diego.

Outfielders: Kellen Dixon, Youngstown St.; Sal Frisella, Southern Illinois; Aaron Soberiaj, Florida; Casey Grimm, Seton Hall; Dave Williams, Louisville; James Burgess, Tulane; Jason Corapci, Cal. St. Fullerton; Jeff Barry, Vermont; Josh Pfifer, Air Force; Keith Butler, Liberty; Michael Brown, William & Mary; Mike Cunningham, South Florida; Mitch Jones, Alabama-Birmingham; Nic Carter, Campbell; Ben Himes, Virginia; Bobby Kingsbury, Fordham; Brent Sollenberger, Old Dominion; Brian Burgamy, Wichita St.; Jayce Tingler, Missouri; Joe Ferin, Iowa St.; Jon Volosin, Fordham; Mike Taylor, N.C. Charlotte; Tyler Davidson, Washington; Ben King, Alabama; Wally Pontiff, LSU.

Other Positions: DH Rich Wallace, Central Florida; DH Jay Garthwaite, Washington; DH Roger Wechter, Detroit Mercy.

All-American Team

The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features seven conference players or pitchers of the year, including: RHP Kip Bouknight (Southeastern Player Of The Year), RHP Aaron Heilman (Big East Pitcher Of The Year), RHP Shane Komine (Big 12 Player Of The Year), 2B Matt Easterday (Southern Player Of The Year), SS Tim Hummel (Colonial Player Of The Year), OF Mike Campo (Big Ten Player Of The Year), DH Al Corbeil (Sun Belt Player Of The Year).

Along with Cresse, this year's first team features six starting pitchers who posted a combined 73-13 record with an ERA of 2.59. Cal. St. Fullerton's Adam Johnson leads the first team pitchers with 153 strikeouts. The first team relief pitcher, Cory Scott of East Carolina, has saved 22 games this season which is one short of the NCAA record.

The offense features power, line drive hitters and speed. The first team belted 182 homers (average 16.5 per player). Nine players hit 18 or more doubles this season. As far as speed, four players swiped 16 or more bases.

The first team also features Collegiate BaseballĂs National Player of The Year in RHP Kip Bouknight of South Carolina. Bouknight posted a glistening 15-1 overall record with a 2.87 ERA and fanned 129 batters with only 33 walks. He won his first 15 games of the season against rugged competition before losing his last start at the Southeastern Conference tournament to Kentucky. In those 15 consecutive wins, he was unbeaten in the SEC regular season (9 wins).

Former Tigers Lloyd Peever and Ben McDonald were named the Collegiate Baseball Players of the Year in 1992 and 1989, respectively.

The following are the first, second and third team Louisville Slugger All-Americans for the 2000 season. Statistics are prior to NCAA postseason play.

First Team

LHP ¨ Lenny DiNardo, Stetson (15-1, 1.88 ERA, 5 CG, 128 K, 25 BB)
RHP ¨ Kip Bouknight, South Carolina (15-1, 2.87 ERA, 4 CG, 129 K, 33 BB)
RHP ¨ Aaron Heilman, Notre Dame (10-2, 3.04 ERA, 8 CG, 113 K, 24 BB)
RHP ¨ Shane Komine, Nebraska (10-3, 2.20 ERA, 6 CG, 142 K, 26 BB)
RHP ¨ Adam Johnson, Cal. St. Fullerton (7-3, 2.53 ERA, 5 CG, 153 K, 26 BB)
RHP ¨ Justin Wayne, Stanford (12-3, 3.02 ERA, 4 CG, 128 K, 34 BB)
Relief ¨ Cory Scott, East Carolina (22 SV, 1.64 ERA, 48 K, 11 BB)
C ¨ Brad Cresse, LSU (.393, 25 HR, 18 2B, 91 RBI)
1B ¨ Todd Faulkner, Auburn (.413, 26 2B, 22 HR, 99 RBI)
2B ¨ Matt Easterday, Georgia Southern (.444, 22 2B, 15 HR, 75 RBI, 23 SB)
SS ¨ Tim Hummel, Old Dominion (.403, 21 2B, 8 HR, 68 RBI, 21 SB)
3B ¨ Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech. (.420, 20 2B, 16 HR, 73 RBI, 12 SB)
OF ¨ Bill Scott, UCLA (.424, 21 HR, 19 2B, 72 RBI)
OF ¨ Gabe Gross, Auburn (.426, 26 2B, 12 HR, 79 RBI, 16 SB)
OF ¨ Mitch Jones, Arizona St. (.355, 26 HR, 17 2B, 88 RBI, 8 SB)
OF ¨ Mike Campo, Penn St. (.442, 22 2B, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 17 SB)
OF ¨ Al Corbeil, Florida International (.406, 19 2B, 13 HR, 68 RBI)
UT ¨ Jason DuBois, Virginia Commonwealth (.435, 19 HR, 12 2B, 74 RBI, 7-5, 3.71 ERA, 81 K, 27 BB)

Second Team
RHP ¨ David Gil, Miami (Fla.)
RHP ¨ Jason Anderson, Illinois
RHP ¨ Rik Currier, Southern California
LHP ¨ Billy Traber, Loyola Marymount
RHP ¨ Kenny Baugh, Rice
RHP ¨ Kyle Crowell, Houston
Relief ¨ Charlie Thames, Texas
C ¨ Casey Myers, Arizona St.
C ¨ Forrest Johnson, UCLA
1B ¨ Philip Hartig, The Citadel
2B ¨ Chris Burke, Tennessee
SS ¨ Steve Holm, Oral Roberts
SS ¨ Darren Fenster, Rutgers
3B ¨ Aaron Sisk, New Mexico
OF ¨ Frank Corr, Stetson
OF ¨ Joe Inglett, Nevada
OF ¨ Chris Smith, Florida St.
OF ¨ John-Ford Griffin, Florida St.
DH ¨ Jesse Gutierrez, Texas-Pan American
UT ¨ Ben Diggins, Arizonaß

Third Team
LHP ¨ Kenny Holubec, Louisiana-Monroe
RHP ¨ Beau Hale, Texas
RHP ¨ Ryan Miller, Evansville
RHP ¨ Bob Brownlie, Rutgers
RHP ¨ Chris Bootcheck, Auburn
RHP ¨ Chad Hawkins, Baylor
LHP ¨ Jon Switzer, Arizona St.
RHP ¨ Rich McGuire, Delaware
LHP ¨ Jared Berkowitz, Tulane
RHP ¨ Scott Dohmann, Louisiana-Lafayette
Relief ¨ Jeff Bajernau, Oklahoma
Relief ¨ Zane Carlson, Baylor
Relief ¨ Derrick DePriest, North Carolina
C ¨ Justin Cowan, Nebraska
C ¨ Dane Sardinha, Pepperdine
C ¨ Scott Walter, Loyola Marymount
1B ¨ Brad Hawpe, LSU
1B ¨ Pat Hollander, Lehigh
1B ¨ Pat Magness, Wichita St.
1B ¨ Garrett Atkins, UCLA
2B ¨ Andrew Salvo, Delaware
2B ¨ Chase Utley, UCLA
2B ¨ Keith Lillash, Cleveland St.
SS ¨ Jeff Keppinger, Georgia
SS ¨ Jeremy Kurella, Northwestern
3B ¨ Kevin Howard, Miami (Fla.)
3B ¨ Justin Gemoll, Southern California
3B ¨ Jake Gautreau, Tulane
OF ¨ Jeremy Johnson, S.E. Missouri St.
OF ¨ Tim Olson, Florida
OF ¨ Tyrell Godwin, North Carolina
UT ¨ Mike Wombacher, Louisiana-Monroe




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