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All American Teams College
For Immediate Release: Thursday,
May 21, 1998
ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL TEAMS
TUCSON, Ariz. The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I
All-American baseball teams were announced today which have a potent mix of pitching and
The 16-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs
and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball
newspaper, features nine conference Players or Pitchers of
The Year, including: (Seth Etherton: Pac-10 South, Jeff Austin: Pac-10
South, Sammy Serrano: Trans America, Jeff Pickler: Southeastern, Damon
Thames: Western Athletic, Paul Day: Big West, Kevin Mench: America East,
Eric Valent: Pac-10 South, and Jeff Ryan: Missouri Valley).
The first team also features four starting pitchers who posted a
combined 46-11 record with an ERA of 2.87. Fresno State's Jeff Weaver led the first
teamers with 156 strikeouts. Shane Wright of Texas Tech hurled 12 complete games this
season. The two relief pitchers saved 31 games between them with a microscopic ERA of
The offense features power and speed. The first team belted 210 homers
(average 21 per player). Jeff Ryan of Wichita State swiped 29 bases this year and Jeff
Pickler of Tennessee 25. Three other players stole 16 or more.
The first team also features Collegiate Baseballs National
Player of The Year in OF Kevin Mench (Delaware) who hit a nation-leading 31 home runs
heading into regional competition. He has hit more home runs this season than any
northeast baseball player in history. His 31 homers rank as the 12th most in NCAA Division
In addition, Mench is second in the nation in the latest NCAA
statistics with a .464 batting average. Mench, who was America East Player of The Year,
led the league in five categories and was second in stolen bases with 16.
Prior to this season, only three Division I players have hit 30 or more
home runs and had double digit stolen bases. J.D. Drew of Florida State (1997 Collegiate
Baseball Player of Year) hit 31 homers and stole 32 bases in 42 attempts last year to
become the first player college history to accomplish the 30/30.
Frank Fazzini of Florida State belted 33 homers with 19 stolen bases in
1985. Oklahoma State's Pete Incaviglia (1985 Collegiate Baseball Player of Year)
hit 48 homers (all-time record) and stole 14 bases in 1985.
The following are the first, second and third team Louisville Slugger
All-Americans for 1998. Complete statistics on each of the players accompany this release
along with past winners.
RHP Jeff Weaver, Fresno State
(10-4, 2.98 ERA, 9 CG, 156 K, 37 BB in 123 2/3 IP).
RHP Seth Etherton, Southern California
(11-3, 2.77 ERA, 147 K, 25 BB in 113 2/3 IP).
RHP Jeff Austin, Stanford (12-3, 2.98
ERA, 8 CG, 129 K, 30 BB in 126 2/3 IP).
RHP Shane Wright, Texas Tech. (13-1,
2.76 ERA, 12 CG, 108 K, 20 BB in 143 2/3 IP).
Relief Josh Fogg, Florida (12 SV,
1.38 ERA, 87 K, 18 BB in 65 IP).
Relief Jack Krawczyk, Southern California
(19 SV, 1.47 ERA, 39 K, 5 BB in 36 2/3 IP).
C Sammy Serrano, Stetson (.457, 13
HR, 23 2B, 68 RBI, 8 SB).
1B Eddy Furniss, Louisiana State
(.398, 25 HR, 21 2B, 67 RBI).
2B Jeff Pickler, Tennessee (.445, 7
HR, 30 2B, 61 RBI, 25 SB).
SS Damon Thames, Rice (.422, 26 HR,
33 2B, 113 RBI).
3B Paul Day, Long Beach State (.424,
13 HR, 15 2B, 81 RBI, 19 SB)
OF Kevin Mench, Delaware (.464, 31
HR, 16 2B, 68 RBI, 16 SB).
OF Eric Valent, UCLA (.336, 30 HR, 10
2B, 73 RBI).
OF Jeff Ryan, Wichita State (.454, 23
HR, 32 2B, 105 RBI, 29 SB).
UT Brad Wilkerson, Florida (.347, 21
HR, 13 2B, 63 RBI, 18 SB, 9-4 as pitcher, 4.23 ERA).
DH Pat Magness, Wichita State (.467,
21 HR, 19 2B, 99 RBI).
LHP Benito Flores, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Alex Santos, Miami (Fla.)
RHP David Walling, Arkansas
LHP John Hendricks, Wake Forest
Relief Scott Clackum, Clemson
Relief Jarred Kingrey, Alabama
Relief Marc Bluma, Wichita State
C Mike Dean, Oral Roberts
1B Jason Hart, S.W. Missouri State
2B Xavier Nady, California
SS Brian Roberts, North Carolina
3B Bo Robinson, North Carolina-Charlotte
OF Bubba Crosby, Rice
OF Mike Curry, South Carolina
OF James Matan, North Carolina-Charlotte
DH Aubrey Huff, Miami (Fla.)
UT Clinton Johnston, Vanderbilt
RHP Kip Wells, Baylor
RHP Matt Phillips, Delaware
LHP Mark Mulder, Michigan State
RHP Mike Fischer, South Alabama
LHP Josh Bobbitt, Tulane
RHP Ryan Rupe, Texas A&M
RHP Brett Weber, Illinois
LHP Ryan Spille, S.E. Missouri State
LHP Chuck Crowder, Georgia Tech.
RHP Andrew Checketts, Oregon State
Relief Aaron Heilman, Notre Dame
Relief Robbie Morrison, Miami (Fla.)
C Josh Bard, Texas Tech.
C Jeremy Salazar, Florida State
1B Charley Carter, Baylor
1B Casey Bookout, Oklahoma
1B Jon Palmieri, Wake Forest
1B Robb Quinlan, Minnesota
1B Casey Kelley, Washington State
2B Nakia Hill, Cal. St. Northridge
2B Keith Ginter, Texas Tech.
3B Garrett Atkins, UCLA
3B Morgan Ensberg, Southern California
SS Adam Everett, South Carolina
SS Bobby Hill, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zach Sorensen, Wichita State
SS Derek Wathan, Oklahoma
OF Sonny Cortez, Tennessee
OF Juan Pierre, South Alabama
OF Shayne Carnes, Alabama-Birmingham
OF Termel Sledge, Long Beach State
OF Ryan Fry, Missouri
OF Jason Sparks, Tulane
OF Corey Taylor, N.E. Louisiana
UT Jason Jennings, Baylor
UT Brandon Inge, Virginia Commonwealth
- First Team
- Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
- National Players Of The Year
- 1998: OF Kevin Mench
- Univ. of Delaware
- 1997: J.D. Drew
- Florida State University
- 1996: RHP Kris Benson,
- Clemson University
- 1995: 1B/P Todd Helton,
- Tennessee &
- OF/P Mark Kotsay,
- Cal. St. Fullerton
- 1994: P/1B Ryan Jackson
- Duke University
- 1993: P/OF Brooks Kieschnick,
- Univ. of Texas
- 1992: P Lloyd Peever,
- Louisiana State Univ.
- 1991: P Bobby Jones,
- Fresno State Univ.
- 1990: OF Mike Kelly,
- Arizona State Univ.
- 1989: P Ben McDonald,
- Louisiana State &
- UT Scott Bryant,
- Univ. of Texas
- 1988: P Andy Benes,
- Evansville University
- 1987: 3B Robin Ventura,
- Oklahoma State &
- 1B Marteese Robinson,
- Seton Hall University
- 1986: P Greg Swindell,
- Univ. of Texas
- 1985: OF Pete Incaviglia,
- Oklahoma State Univ.
- 1984: OF Oddibe McDowell,
- Arizona State Univ.