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All American Teams College

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 21, 1998

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" 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 offense.

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 1.42.

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 Baseball’s 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 I history.

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.

First Team
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).
 
Second Team
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
 
Third Team
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
 
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.
 

 

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