Daniel Uggla Selected As 2001 TPX Louisville Slugger All-American
May 25, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior second baseman Daniel Uggla (Columbia, Tenn./ Central) has been selected for the 2001 Louisville Slugger Division I All-American team, as voted on by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Uggla was selected for the second team after enjoying one the most prolific seasons in Tiger history in which he received all-conference honors as well as becoming a finalist for the C-USA Player of the Year award. In addition, Uggla was also named one of 20 semi-finalists for the 2001 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
Uggla is the first Tiger to receive all-American status since the 1994 season when former Tiger and current Colorado Rockie outfielder Mark Little was honored, as well. Also joining Uggla on the second team are fellow Conference USA players Jake Gautreau and Andy Cannizaro from Tulane and Kevin Youkilis from Cincinnati, who was a third team selection.
The Columbia, Tenn. native, posted one of the best seasons in Memphis and C-USA history, after finishing first in C-USA in slugging percentage (.790) and second in four separate categories including, home runs (18), doubles (28), total bases (169) and on-base percentage (.498). Uggla also ranked in the top five in C-USA in batting (.379), runs scored (72) and walks (42) while finishing among the top 10 in hits with 81. He was the C-USA and NCBWA National Hitter of the Week for the week of March 12th-19th, where during 21 at-bats he recorded four home runs ( three in one game including one grand slam), three doubles, one triple, 10 runs and 17 RBI while tying school and conference marks for RBI in a single game (9). His 28 doubles are a new single-season record at the U of M and had stood untouched since Tim Dulin set the mark in 1984. Interestingly enough, Dulin was also selected for all-American status during that same season and was the only Tiger to do so until Little accomplished the feat, 10 years later.
"It's a very deserving honor," said Head Coach Dave Anderson. "Daniel had an outstanding season and was a big reason why our team did so well. A lot of people felt he was the best player in the conference. It's a great honor for Daniel and great day for our program, because it shows that the U of M can and will continue producing quality talent."