Uggla Receives Baseball Weekly All-America Honors
May 31, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis junior second baseman Daniel Uggla was named to the Baseball Weekly first team All-America on Thursday. It is the second publication that has named Uggla as an All-America selection, coming on the heels of Collegiate Baseball's naming of Uggla as a second team Louisville Slugger All-American last week.
Uggla led Memphis in virtually every offensive category in 2001, including home runs (18), batting average (.379), slugging percentage (.790), and RBI (67). He also set a single season Tiger record by hitting 28 doubles on the year. He helped to spearhead one of the greatest single season turnarounds in NCAA baseball this season, leading the Tigers from 15 wins in 2000 to 34 wins in 2001. The Tigers 34-24 record was the second best record in C-USA this season, behind Tulane's 50-10 record through the C-USA tournament.
Uggla was one of three C-USA players to be named All-America by Baseball Weekly. He is joined by Tulane's Jake Gautreau on the first team and Andy Cannizaro on the second team. C-USA also had three players named to the Baseball Weekly Freshman All-American team. Houston pitcher Brad Sullivan, South Florida third baseman Myron Leslie, and Tulane outfielder/pitcher Michael Aubrey were all named as some of the country's top freshmen.
Uggla is the first Tiger since Mark Little in 1994 and the first Memphis infielder since Tim Dulin in 1983 and 1984 to earn All-American honors. The only other Tigers to earn the national honors are pitcher Tim Corder (1982 and 1983), current Memphis coach Dave Anderson (1981), and outfielder Ron McNeely (1975 and 1976).