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Jeff Perconte, Mike Naumann Named Academic All-America

June 8, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Two Notre Dame baseball players have been named to the 2000 GTE Academic All-America Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Senior second baseman Jeff Perconte (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove HS) was one of 11 players named to first team while junior lefthander Mike Naumann (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) was the only pitcher among 10 players named to the third team.

Notre Dame baseball players have combined for 15 Academic All-America awards (since 1977), including a pair of two-time honorees in outfielders John Loughran (’86, ’87) and Dan Peltier (’87, ’88). Perconte and Naumann are the first Irish baseball players to earn Academic All-America honors since 1992, when first baseman Joe Binkiewicz and infielder Cory Mee were first-team honorees.

Perconte is the seventh Irish baseball player to receive first-team Academic All-America honors, with the others including catcher Tim Pollock (’77), infielder Dave Bartish (’80), third baseman James Dee (’84), Loughran (’86), Binkiewicz and Mee.

Notre Dame was one of seven Division I baseball programs to produce multiple 2000 Academic All-Americans, with the following schools also producing two: St. Bonaventure, Davidson, North Carolina, Bucknell, St. Joseph’s (Pa.) and Duquesne (of those teams, Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure were the other ones that produced a first-teamer). Of the above seven teams, only two-Notre Dame and UNC-participated in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Perconte closed his career in the spring of 2000 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and seventh Dean’s List semester before graduating with a 3.76 cumulative GPA as a double major in economics and government. A valuable leader of the 2000 Irish baseball squad and a team tri-captain, Perconte was batting .429 before reaggravating a shoulder injury that caused him to miss 11 games early in the 2000 season. He opened the 2000 season with 34 error-free games as the starting second baseman and posted a .975 season fielding pct. in 46 total games played (with just four errors). Perconte-who will attend law school next fall-appeared in 153 games during his career while helping the Irish post a 171-73 record (.701) during the 1997-2000 seasons.

Naumann likewise has posted perfect semester GPAs during his Notre Dame career, with his six Dean’s List semesters including three 4.0 terms. A pre-professional science major who intends to attend medical school after his graduation in May of 2001, a_naumann_060900.jpg Naumann heads into his senior year with a 3.93 cumulative GPA. Naumann served as the only lefthander on the 2000 Notre Dame pitching staff that finished among the nation’s top-20 leaders in team ERA (3.93). His career statistics at Notre Dame include a 6-1 record and just 22 walks in 75 innings while his 2000 highlights included a win over Detroit, a save versus Boston College and a 3.48 season ERA (second-best on the staff). He allowed just seven walks in 34 innings of work during the 2000 season.

Six Notre Dame student-athletes have received Academic All-America honors during 1999-2000, with the others including junior women’s basketball player Ruth Riley (first team), senior hockey player Andy Jurkowski and senior men’s swimmer Ray Fitzpatrick (both third team, for fall/winter “at large sports) and sophomore softball catcher Jarrah Myers (third team). Two others currently are being considered for spring “at-large” Academic All-America status: senior men’s golfer Jeff Connell and senior women’s distance runner Alison Klemmer.


First Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
P Jason Anderson Illinois Jr. Danville, IL 3.33/Accountancy
P Jon Smith Cal State Fullerton Jr. Nueyo, CA 4.00/Business Administration
C Casey Myers Arizona State Jr. Casa Grande, AZ 4.00/Mathematics
IF Phil Broshears Evansville Sr. Evansville, IN 3.75/Sports Medicine
IF Andy Green Kentucky Sr. Lexington, KY 3.89/Finance
IF Jeff Perconte Notre Dame Sr. Arlington Heights, IL 3.76/Economics/Government
IF Mark Teixeira Georgia Tech So. Severna Park, Md. 3.31/Economics
OF Jason Milleisen St. Bonaventure Sr. Miller Place, NY 3.70/Finance
OF Mike Pisani Michigan State Sr. Rochester, MI 3.74/General Business
OF Aaron Runk Iowa State Sr. Stillwater, MN 3.76/Finance
DH Brent Laircey Alabama-Birmingham Sr. Statesboro, GA 3.84/Biology

Second Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
P Wes Self Davidson Jr. Independence, VA 3.90/Biology/Pre-Medicine
P Chris Elmore North Carolina Sr. Virginia Beach, VA 3.55/Business Administration
P Matt Potalivo Bucknell Sr. Levittown, PA 3.90/Civil Engineering
C Joe Hietpas Northwestern Jr. Appleton, WI 3.80/Economics
IF Ben Brown Davidson Sr. Charlotte, NC 3.66/Economics
IF Mark Evers St. Bonaventure Jr. Troy, NY 3.50/Finance
IF Sam Hoehner Morehead State Sr. Frankfort, KY 3.96/Business Admin./Accounting
IF Kevin Kirkby St. Joseph’s (PA) Jr. River Vale, NJ 3.45/Mathematics
OF Carlos Gautreaux Oklahoma State Sr. Abbeville, LA 3.54/Psychology
OF Jason Turner Ohio State Sr. Versailles, OH 3.66/Business
OF Tyrell Godwin North Carolina Jr. Council, NC 3.23/History
OF Rocky Kravetz Duquesne Sr. Pittsburgh, PA 3.97/History/Political Science
DH Jim Reilly St. Joseph’s (PA) Jr. Pittsburgh, PA 3.98/Chemistry

Third Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
P Mike Naumann Notre Dame Jr. Tucson, AZ 3.93/Pre-Professional Sci.
C Frank Fresconi Bucknell Sr. New Castle, DE 3.30/Mechanical Engineering
IF Dan Lawler Creighton Jr. Rochester, MN 3.53/Accounting
IF Scott Pieratt Central Michigan Sr. Mt. Pleasant, MI 3.50/Elementary Education
IF Jason Smith North Carolina State Grad. Goldsboro, NC 3.78/Construction Engin. & Mgmt.
IF Nick Danzuso Duquesne Sr. Pittsburgh, PA 3.47/Business
IF Cory Lunde Portland So. Vancouver, WA 3.96/Secondary Education
OF Justin Godusky St. Joseph’s (PA) So. Macungie, PA 3.66/Marketing
OF Jared Hertz Gonzaga Jr. LaVerne, CA 3.90/Finance
DH Ty Martin Mississippi State Sr. West Melbourne, FL 3.25/Fitness Management

Note: Perconte and Naumann’s GPAs are updated to include the 2000 spring semester (others are as of the 1999 fall).