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Baseball: Cajun graduates to be recognized

Baseball: Cajun graduates to be recognized

Baseball: Cajun graduates to be recognized

Dan McDonald

It’s become a tradition over the past few years, and outfielders Josh Landry and Alex Preciado, pitcher Jeff Martinez and shortstop Jameson Parker become part of an elite group today during University of Louisiana baseball pregame activities.
That senior foursome will have bachelor’s degrees conferred prior to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Sun Belt Conference contest against Western Kentucky. Pregame activities will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m. at Moore Field.

The foursome will join four other seniors who will be playing their final home game today as the Cajuns wrap up regular-season play prior to next week’s Sun Belt Tournament in Bowling Green, Ky. The other seniors ending their home careers are pitchers Brandt Sanders, Cody LeBlanc and Jonathan Cottrell and outfielder John McCarthy.

"All of those guys are on track to get their degrees in the fall or next spring," said UL assistant coach Chris Domingue.
Since Cajun head coach Tony Robichaux took over the program prior to the 1995 season, senior squad members who have completed degree requirements during their active playing career have received their diplomas in an on-field ceremony prior to the final home game of the season.

Parker actually received his degree in finance last December at the end of the fall term, and is working on a second degree in business management. Landry and Preciado will receive business degrees today, with those three conferred by Dr. Robert Viguerie, assistant dean of the College of Business Administration.

Martinez will receive his degree in general studies from Dr. Wayne Andrepont, assistant to the dean of the College of Sciences.

UL senior honorees

Jonathan Cottrell, RHP, Sr., Niceville, Fla.-Okaloosa-Walton Comm. College

Two-year letterman … Has pitched in five games this season, all in relief …. Has made a total of 10 appearances including two starts during career … Attended both Chipola JC and Okaloosa-Walton before coming to UL.

Josh Landry, OF, Sr., Jeanerette-Catholic High

Three-year letterman … Returning All-Sun Belt Conference selection and preseason member of Brooks Wallace Watch list … Hitting .286 with 43 RBI, second on team, and 12 stolen bases … Has only one error all season in outfield … Hit .305 with 83 hits in junior season.

Cody LeBlanc, RHP, Sr., Lafayette-Acadiana (Lamar)

First-year letterman who played two years of junior college and one year at Lamar before transferring to UL … Has pitched in three games this season, all in relief … Former standout at Acadiana High and first-team All-State selection.

Jeff Martinez, LHP, Sr., Baton Rouge-Parkview Baptist High

Three-year letterman … Has pitched in five games this year, starting once … Was slated as weekend starter in opening series in 2002 before arm injury and surgery ended his season … Member of Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List for academic performance.

John McCarthy, OF, Sr., Palos Park, Ill.-Mesa Junior College

Two-year letterman … Currently third on the squad with a .336 average with a team-high 70 hits, 17 doubles and five triples … Has also stolen 18 bases … Has played in all 53 games this season and started 52 of the 53.

Jameson Parker, SS, Sr., Crestview, Fla.-Okaloosa-Walton Comm. College

Two-year letterman … Hitting .301 and tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 18 … Has only committed four errors while playing and starting 46 games, and hasn’t committed an error since March 11 … Two-time Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll selection.

Alex Preciado, OF, Sr., Yuma, Ariz.-Arizona Western College

Two-year letterman … Currently second on the squad with a .337 average with six homers and 26 RBI … Member of the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List in 2005 for academic achievement.

Brandt Sanders, LHP, Sr., Patterson-Patterson High

Four-year letterman … Has pitched in 16 games this season with one start, and has struck out 25 batters in 22 2/3 innings while ranking sixth on squad in ERA (4.37) … Two-time selection to the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Originally published May 20, 2006