June 1, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - It is an honor bestowed on a select few individuals in college baseball and two of the 33 recipients on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America baseball team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) came from the Tulane baseball squad. Senior Jeremy Schaffer earned second team honors after a distinguished career on the field and in the classroom, graduating with his degree in Finance this spring, and junior Brandon Boudreaux claimed a spot on the third team with a 3.66 GPA in management.
The duo becomes the first Tulane teammates to earn the Academic All-America honors in the same season in school history. They are the eighth and ninth players in school history to earn Academic All-America honors on the diamond. It's also just the second time in TU history that multiple players have garnered Academic All-America honors in the same academic year, joining Neal Comarda (Baseball) and Gerry Sheridan (Football) who did so in 1978.
Boudreaux and Schaffer were the only two Conference USA student-athletes named to the 2012 Academic All-America team.
Adding one more honor to his mantel, Schaffer ended his Tulane career as one of the most decorated players in school history and sits among the school's all-time leaders in a multitude of statistical categories. The Bellaire, Texas native graduated from Tulane's Freeman School of Business this spring with a degree in finance and was named to both the Conference USA All-Academic Team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District squad this season.
On top of being a standout in the classroom, Schaffer was a mainstay behind the plate for the Olive and Blue over the past four seasons. In four years he started 217 games - eighth most in school history - and set career-highs in seven offensive categories during his senior season. Schaffer ranks eighth in career home runs (41) and RBI (194) in the Tulane charts, while ranking among the top-20 in Conference USA history on both lists. His 59 doubles are ninth all-time at Tulane and he stands among the top-25 on seven other major offensive scales.
Boudreaux bolstered his resume with the trio of academic honors to close out his junior campaign. Ranking among the team and Conference USA leader in nearly every offensive category, he was also among college baseball's top academic performers with a 3.66 GPA as a management major. Boudreaux has been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, the CoSIDA Academic All-District lineup and, today, an Academic All-America honoree.
This season, Boudreaux set career-highs in 13 offensive categories and ranked among the top-ten in Conference USA in nine offensive categories when the regular season ended. The left-handed hitter ended his season with a .426 on-base and .531 slugging percentage, 110 total bases, 14 doubles and 33 walks - all ranking among the C-USA leaders - and led the conference with 56 runs scored. He also stole 10 bases and drove in a career-high 36 RBIs. In his career, Boudreaux is among the top-30 in games started (28th, 157) and walk (30th, 89) and is 33rd with 120 runs scored and 40th with 176 hits in his three season on campus.
The Academic All-America ballot is comprised of each Academic All-District squad and is voted on by the members of CoSIDA. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached at least sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.