It was a momentous Monday morning for the Tulane baseball program.
Before the clock struck noon, not only did the Green Wave (31-14, 11-5 American) crack the Top 15 for the first time since 2007, vaulting to the No. 15 slot in both the D1 Baseball and Perfect Game polls, individual honors rolled in as well.
Designated hitter Jeremy Montalbano was named one of Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week, as well as American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his potent offensive performance in Tulane’s three-game sweep over South Florida.
Montalbano swatted four home runs in Tampa, including an AAC-record three in Saturday’s victory, to carry the high-powered offense to the top of the league standings. His 10 homers this season have helped Tulane easily lead the AAC in the category with 48 (14 more than second-place UConn).
The former Texas transfer is second in the league in total bases (95) and third in home runs and runs batted in (39).
"Jeremy had a great weekend, and it's awesome for him and his teammates to be able to celebrate his accomplishments with the national award that he has received,” coach David Pierce said. “The three home runs that he hit in Saturday's game were critical home runs against quality pitchers for a quality team, but I still think the best hit he had of the weekend was his double down the right field line for his first hit in the first game.”
He is the first Tulane player to earn the national award since Green Wave pitcher/outfielder Brian Bogusevic was named in 2005.
The award is presented weekly by Louisville Slugger and Montalbano shares the honor with four other players: pitchers Kyle Simonds (Texas A&M) and LHP Pat Krall (Clemson) along with outfielders Kevin Strohschein (Tennessee Tech) and Brandon Soat (IPFW)
“Overall, it was just an exceptional weekend for our team,” Pierce said. “To celebrate this award with Jeremy is great."