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All-American Teams College - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 4, 1999

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL TEAM

TUCSON, Ariz. - The 1999 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team, chosen by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features a who's who of tremendous baseball talent. Led by Freshman Players of The Year (2B James Jurries, Tulane; 3B Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech.; and RHP Blair Varnes, Florida St.) the team has a potent mix of power, pitching and speed.

Tulane's Jurries had a sensational year for the Green Wave as he hit .374 with 20 homers, 22 doubles and 79 RBI in addition to stealing 18 of 23 bases. He collected 104 hits in 65 games and scored 90 runs. He also was named as a second team Louisville Slugger All-American, the only such freshman so honored.

As far as Georgia Tech's Teixeira, he had a superb freshman campaign with a .387 batting average, 13 homers, 18 doubles, 65 RBI and 87 hits with most of his games being played in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference. He also stole 11 of 13 bases.

Florida State's Varnes was nearly perfect heading into a Super Regional matchup against Auburn as he posted an 11-1 record and 3.84 ERA. He fanned 75 batters and walked only 16 in 103 innings.

Here is a rundown on the 1999 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team by position:

PITCHERS
RHP Blair Varnes, Florida St. - Posted a sensational 11-1 record for the Seminoles with a 3.84 ERA. Fanned 75 batters with only 16 walks in 103 innings.
RHP Charlie Isaacson, Arkansas - Was perfect with a 9-0 record and 3.15 ERA. Fanned 97 batters and walked 53 in 99 2/3 innings. Named a Southeastern Conference first team selection.
RHP Daniel Haren, Pepperdine - Posted a 10-3 record with a 3.08 ERA. Struck out 77 batters and walked only 27. Co-Freshman of The Year in the West Coast Conference.
RHP Justin Wechsler, Ball St. - Had a 10-3 record with a 3.39 ERA and 67 strikeouts with only 30 walks in 87 2/3 innings. Named Freshman of The Year in the Mid-American Conference.
RHP Shane Komine, Nebraska - Komine had a superb freshman campaign with a 6-2 record and 3.58 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 37 walks in 78 innings.
RHP Josh Karp, UCLA - Had an 8-3 record with 4.26 ERA and 79 strikeouts with 44 walks in 86 2/3 innings. An honorable mention Pac-10 selection.
RHP Rich McGuire, Delaware - McGuire threw 8 complete games in 11 starts this season and had a 7-4 record and 3.58 ERA. He fanned 40 batters and walked 14 batters in 73 innings of work.
RHP Ben Keiter, Wichita St. - Undefeated in 1999, Keiter was 7-0 with a 4.12 ERA and 53 strikeouts and 17 walks in 63 1/3 innings.
RHP Brett Lewis, Georgia Southern - Lewis struck out 122 batters in 119.3 innings this season in posting a 9-5 overall record and 5.28 ERA. He only walked 47 batters.
RHP Brian Sager, Stanford - Sager was undefeated at 6-0 heading into the Super Regional against Southern California. He had registered a 3.98 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 35 walks in 81 1/3 innings.
RHP Dave Pahucki, Siena - Pahucki had a glistening 9-1 record, 4.03 ERA and 6 complete games in 12 starts. He fanned 46 batters and walked 25 in 76 innings.
RHP E.J. Laratta, Ohio St. - One of the stalwarts of the Buckeye staff, Laratta posted a 10-2 record and 3.18 ERA heading into its Super Regional against Cal. St. Fullerton. He had 55 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 82 innings. He posted 5 complete games in 13 starts. Named Freshman Pitcher of The Year in the Big Ten Conference.
RHP Jason Bush, Virginia Tech. - Bush was 11-2 this season with a 4.59 ERA and 56 strikeouts and 25 walks in 84 1/3 innings.
RELIEF PITCHERS
Chris Quiroz, U.C. Santa Barbara - Posted 10 saves with a 5.01 ERA, 2-3 overall record and 27 strikeouts. Walked only 12 batters.
Lance Cormier, Alabama - Cormier posted 11 saves this season heading into its Super Regional with LSU with 62 strikeouts and 5-3 overall record. Named to the Southeastern Conference second team.
Scott Yahraus, Creighton - Posted 11 saves with a 3.42 ERA. He had 42 strikeouts and only 19 walks. Named to the Missouri Valley Conference second team.
Davy Martin, Virginia Commonwealth - Martin had 4 saves and a 6-0 record as he registered a 3.58 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 23 walks.
Ryan Bos, Northwestern - Had 8 saves and a 3.81 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 19 walks.
CATCHERS
Doc Brooks, Georgia - Hit .286 for the Bulldogs with 12 homers, 10 doubles, 31 RBI. Posted a .614 slugging percentage.
C/OF Alex Dvorsky, Iowa - Hit .331 with 9 homers, 12 doubles and 37 RBI this season
Paul O'Toole, Notre Dame - Started in 52 of team's 61 games behind the plate. Produced a .318 batting average with 61 hits, 15 doubles and 8 homers. Swiped 12 of 17 bases. Led team with 55 runs scored. Homered in final four games of season.
FIRST BASEMEN
Brad Carlson, Iowa - Belted 21 homers and 17 doubles as he knocked in 71 runs. Carlson hit .367 for the year.
David Jensen, Brigham Young - Cracked 23 doubles and 6 homers while knocking in 35 runs and hitting .368 on the season.
Jeremy Brown, Alabama - Hit .349 with 13 homers, 19 doubles and 61 RBI.
Ryan Howard, S.W. Missouri St. - Belted 19 homers with 14 doubles and 66 RBI in hitting .355 on the year. Named Freshman of The Year in the Missouri Valley Conference.
SECOND BASEMEN
James Jurries, Tulane - Had a monster year hitting .374 with 20 homers, 22 doubles and 79 RBI in addition to stealing 18 of 23 bases. Collected 104 hits in 65 games and scored 90 runs. Named a second team All-American to the regular Louisville Slugger honor team, the only such freshman so honored. Jurries was named Freshman of The Year in Conference USA.
Brendon Harris, William & Mary - Cracked 20 doubles and 9 homers while hitting .362 with 49 RBI. He also swiped 9 of 14 bases on the season.
Chris Burke, Tennessee - Hit .372 with 25 doubles and 2 homers in recording 41 RBI. He also recorded 19 stolen bases in 32 attempts and had 87 hits.
Mike Woods, Southern - Produced 20 doubles and 5 home runs with a .386 batting average. He also knocked in 42 runs and swiped 14 of 19 bases on the season. Named Freshman of The Year in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
THIRD BASEMEN
Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech. - Had a sensational freshman campaign in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference as he hit .387 with 13 homers, 18 doubles, 65 RBI and 87 hits. He was successful in 11 of 13 stolen bases. Named to the Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
Jake Gautreau, Tulane - Cracked 21 homers for the Green Save this season in hitting .292 with 69 RBI and 11 doubles. He had a slugging percentage of .580.
3B/C Greg Sain, San Diego - Sain had one of the top years for a freshman in University of San Diego history. He hit 12 homers (USD freshman record), 21 doubles (single-season school record) and 66 RBI which was only four shy of the school mark. He belted three grand slams in hitting .339 through 66 games. Sain also had a .592 slugging percentage. Named Co-Freshman of The Year in the West Coast Conference.
SHORTSTOPS
Jeff Keppinger, Georgia - Cracked 11 homers with 14 doubles and 48 RBI with a .383 batting average.
Stevie Daniel, Tennessee - Daniel hit .346 with 9 homers, 19 doubles and 52 RBI. He swiped 30 of 33 bases this season with 80 hits.
OUTFIELDERS
Mike Ross, Maine - Cracked 20 doubles with 63 RBI and 5 stolen bases as he posted a .361 batting average. Named Rookie of The Year in the America East Conference.
Gabe Gross, Auburn - Hit .361 with 7 homers, 23 doubles and 64 RBI.
Mike Rodriguez, Miami (Fla.) - Hit .392 for the Hurricanes with 11 doubles, and 29 RBI. He swiped 16 of 23 bases.
Mike Scott, Providence - Hit .420 with 21 doubles and 5 homers on the season. He also registered 64 RBI with 120 hits, 13 triples and swiped 7 of 10 bases.
OF/DH Neal McCarthy, Providence - Hit .376 with 17 homers, 22 doubles and 69 RBI.
Shelley Duncan, Arizona - Clubbed an Arizona freshman record 20 homers this season. He also hit 13 doubles and knocked in 68 runs as he hit .294 for the season. Named an honorable mention selection in the Pac-10 Conference.
MULTIPLE POSITION ATHLETE
Rob Cafiero, Villanova - Hit .361 with 10 homers, 15 doubles and 72 RBI. As a pitcher, he registered a 5-4 record, 5.77 ERA and 43 strikeouts with 28 walks.
DESIGNATED HITTERS
Luke Simmons, Illinois - Hit .386 with 7 homers, 8 doubles and 38 RBI this season.
Brian Wright, North Carolina St. - Cracked 14 doubles with 5 homers in hitting .353 on the year. He also knocked in 35 runs and was 12 of 12 in stolen bases.

 

HONORABLE MENTION SELECTIONS
PITCHERS: LHP Dan D'Amato (North Carolina St.), LHP Jon Switzer (Arizona St.), LHP Lenny DiNardo (Stetson), LHP Wes Hepler (Campbell), RHP Preston Larrison (Evansville)
INFIELDERS: C Ryan Budde (Oklahoma St.), 1B Chad Tracy (East Carolina), 1B Jeff Ontiveros (Texas), 2B Junior Ruiz (San Jose St.), 2B Tom Creighton (Fresno St.), 3B Jack Hannahan (Minnesota), 3B/C Beau Craig (Southern California), SS Tony Garcia (Pepperdine), SS Ryan Stegall (Missouri)
OUTFIELDERS: OF Aaron Fausett (Vanderbilt), OF Karl Nonemaker (Vanderbilt), Tim Merritt (South Alabama), OF Bryan Gant (Cal Poly), OF Chris Wright (Long Beach St.), OF Len Elias (Bowling Green), OF Steve Stanley (Notre Dame), OF Stephen Cotton (Texas Southern), OF/DH Zach Donelson (Oral Roberts)
OTHER POSITIONS: UT Ben Diggins (Arizona), DH Vinnie Rinaldi (Stetson), DH Darren Welch (Southern Mississippi).
 

 

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