What hits at a 0.423 clip and slugs an average of 12 home runs in a season? What pitching staff is a combined 46-9 with 28 saves? It is the fourth annual 2011 D3baseball.com preseason All-American team
Joining three USA South all-stars are Heidelberg third baseman, Willie Brechun and Chapman hurler Brian Rauh as unanimous selections to the D3baseball.com preseason team. Catcher Trey Such, Methodist, first baseman Justin Franklin, Ferrum and pitcher/outfielder Greg Van Sickler, Shenandoah, represent the USA South Conference as first team selections.
The first team outfield is familiar with success as all three participated in the Championship round in Appleton. Zach Boskovich, Linfield; Kevin Brashears, Shenandoah; and Ricardo Lizcano, Heidelberg are all looking for another chance to roam the outfield at Fox Cities Stadium at the end of May. Joining Franklin and Brechun in the infield are two middle infielders from the Mid-Atlantic region, Frostburg State's Matt Greene and Keystone's Esteban Meletiche. Designated hitter Mitchell Rowan of Willamette rounds out the nine offensive players.
Rauh, a freshman sensation in 2010, is expected to continue to dominate the competition in 2011. Sam Eagleston, Johns Hopkins and Brad Orosey, Texas Lutheran are the other starting pitchers named to the first team preseason list. Two relievers, Chris DeGoti, Tufts and Andy Lowe, Heidelberg round out the pitching staff.
Four players on the 2011 list also appeared on the 2010 preseason All-American squad. Van Sickler and Orosey were first team selections in 2010 while Lowe was on the second team. Pomona Pitzer's David Colvin was an honorable mention in 2010 and a second team selection as a pitcher in 2011.
2011 D3baseball.com preseason All-Americans
: C - Trey Such, Methodist; 1B - Justin Franklin, Ferrum; 2B - Matt Greene, Frostburg State; 3B - Willie Brechun, Heidelberg; SS - Esteban Meletiche, Keystone; OF - Zach Boskovich, Linfield; Kevin Brashears, Shenandoah; Ricardo Lizcano, Heidelberg; DH - Mitchell Rowan, Willamette; UTL - Greg Van Sickler, Shenandoah; P - Chris DeGoti, Tufts; Sam Eagleson, Johns Hopkins; Andy Lowe, Heidelberg; Brad Orosey, Texas Lutheran; Brian Rauh, Chapman.
: C - Jay Lichter, Randolph-Macon; 1B - Bruce Maxwell, Birmingham-Southern; 2B - Ryan Walsh, UMass Boston; 3B - Nick Beaman, Ripon; SS - Greg Van Horn, Wooster; OF - Bobby Doyon, Keene State; Todd Keneborus, St Joseph's (Maine); Jesse Sikorski, Johns Hopkins; DH - Ken Gregory, Kean; UTL - Jeff Donovan, UW-Whitewater; P - David Colvin, Pomona-Pitzer; Alex Eliopoulos, Johns Hopkins; Cody Hallahan, Bethany Lutheran; Jason Pankau, Illinois Wesleyan; Paul Uhl, Thomas More.
: C - Matt Cornetti, Mount Aloysius; 1B - Matt Stahl, Allegheny; 2B - Brandon Ricco, Birmingham-Southern; 3B - Chad Mullins, Case Western Reserve; SS - Anthony Pisani, Southern Maine: OF - Jimmy Baum, Penn State Altoona; Will Hodges, Carthage; Jake Mullin, McMurry; Jeff Scafidi, Anna Maria; DH - K.C. Judge, Cal Lutheran; UTL - Jim Schult, Eastern Connecticut State; P - Nolan Corr, Wheaton (Mass.); Ethan Holt, Heidelberg; Derek Johnson, Redlands; Britton Quayle, Frostburg State; Matt Schimpf, Texas Tyler.
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