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All-American Teams College - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 19, 2000

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 2000 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team features a who’s who of tremendous baseball talent. The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Co-Freshman Players of The Year in 3B Kevin Howard of Miami (Fla.), relief pitcher Zane Carlson of Baylor, and 2B Mike Fontenot of Louisiana St.

Howard had a sensational year for the Hurricanes as he was voted the team’s MVP. He hit .414 with 29 doubles, 4 homers and 47 RBI. Howard recorded a team-high 20 multiple hit games and had 13 multiple RBI games, including a 7-RBI game against Long Beach St. He holds the UM freshman single-game records for at bats (8, twice), runs scored (5), doubles (3), home runs (2) and RBI (7). He also set a record when he reached base 14 consecutive times this season.

Carlson was a first team Big 12 Conference selection. He posted 15 saves with a 2.28 ERA. In 24 appearances, he struck out 46 batters, walked 21 and limited opposing hitters to a .188 batting average. The talented Baylor pitcher broke the Bears’ single-season saves record previously held by Collegiate Baseball’s 1999 National Player of The Year Jason Jennings who played for Baylor as well.

Fontenot was Freshman of The Year in the Southeastern Conference and hit .344 with 16 homers, 60 RBI and scored 80 runs. He broke the LSU freshman record of 15 homers set by teammate Blair Barbier. Fontenot finished the regular season tied for the SEC lead in runs scored (80). His slugging percentage was .585, and his on-base percentage was .440.

Here is a rundown on the 2000 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper:

Pitchers

RHP Darrell Rasner, Nevada — Rasner posted a 12-2 record with a 3.56 ERA along with 2 complete games and 83 strikeouts with 37 walks.

RHP Bob Brownlie, Rutgers — Freshman of The Year in the Big East, Brownlie posted a 9-1 record with a 2.39 ERA and 3 shutouts this season.

RHP Bryan Bullington, Ball State — Bullington, who has a 96 mph fastball, fanned 99 batters this year as the No. 1 starter for the Cardinals most of the season. He posted a 9-4 record and was named Freshman of The Year in the Mid-American Conference.

LHP Mitch Stetter, Indiana St. — Stetter, who was Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of The Year, posted an 8-1 record, 2.45 ERA with 3 complete games, 1 save and 62 strikeouts with only 33 walks.

LHP Jamie Rodrigue, Nebraska — Rodrigue had a 7-2 record, 2.85 ERA, 4 complete games and 41 strikeouts with 9 walks.

LHP Joe Saunders, Virginia Tech. — Saunders had a superb freshman campaign with a 9-2 record, 3.64 ERA, 4 complete games, 64 strikeouts and 50 walks.

LHP Matt Lynch, Florida St. — Lynch was 6-0 on the mound with a 3.15 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 23 walks.

RHP Austin Mix, Oklahoma — Mix, who was a second team All-Big 12 selection, had a sensational first season with a 9-1 record, 4.89 ERA, 1 complete game along with 79 strikeouts and 39 walks.

RHP Greg Conden, George Washington — Was 7-1 with a 3.62 ERA, 3 complete games, 74 strikeouts and 35 walks.

RHP Aaron Rembert, N.C. Asheville — Posted a 9-4 record with a 3.43 ERA, including 3 saves, 45 strikeouts and 17 walks.

RHP Joey Simon, Florida — Simon posted a 7-2 record, 4.98 ERA along with 1 save, 46 strikeouts and 13 walks.

RHP Jarrod Schmidt, Clemson — A second team All-Atlantic Coast selection, Schmidt posted a 7-0 record, 2.42 ERA, 1 complete game along with striking out 47 batters.

RHP Scott Greene, East Carolina — Greene posted a 6-1 record with a 4.21 ERA, 35 strikeouts and only 5 walks. His strikeout to walk ratio is incredible at 7:1.

Relief Pitchers

Zane Carlson, Baylor — Collegiate Baseball’s Co-Freshman National Player of The Year, Carlson was a first team Big 12 Conference selection. He posted 15 saves with a 2.28 ERA. In 24 appearances, he struck out 46 batters, walked 21 and limited opposing hitters to a .188 batting average.

David Boehle, Princeton — A first team All-Ivy League selection, Bohle posted 9 saves with a glistening 1.73 ERA along with 29 strikeouts and only 9 walks.

Ozzie Lugo, Florida International — Voted Freshman of The Year in the Sun Belt Conference, Lugo had 16 saves with a 3.57 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Reed Pawelk, Iowa — Pawelk saved 12 games for the Hawkeyes and registered a 3.18 ERA.

Catcher

John Schneider, Delaware — Schneider was a second team America East selection as he hit .325 with 14 doubles and 31 RBI.

First Basemen

Andy Schutzenhofer, Illinois — Hit .399 with 7 homers, 14 doubles and 59 RBI.

Nick Swisher, Ohio St. — The Big Ten Conference Freshman of The Year, Swisher hit 10 home runs with 12 doubles, 48 RBI. He had a slugging percentage of .549.

Scott Edwardsen, LeMoyne — Hit .393 with 12 homers, 11 doubles, and 35 RBI.

Mike Galloway, Central Michigan — Galloway hit .405 with 8 homers, 9 doubles, 37 RBI and had a 17-game hitting streak during the season.

Danny Matienzo, Miami (Fla.) — Hit .352 with 7 homers and 94 total bases with 48 RBIs. He had 63 hits as well.

A.J. Ellis, Austin Peay — A first team Ohio Valley Conference selection, Ellis hit .368 with 11 doubles, 28 RBI and posted a slugging percentage of .496.

Second Basemen

Mike Fontenot, Louisiana St.Collegiate Baseball’s Co-Freshman of The Year, Fontenot was Freshman of The Year in the Southeastern Conference and hit .344 with 16 homers, 60 RBI and scored 80 runs. He broke the LSU freshman record of 15 homers set by teammate Blair Barbier. Fontenot finished the regular season tied for the SEC lead in runs scored (80). His slugging percentage was .585, and his on-base percentage was .440.

Anthony Lunetta, Southern California — Freshman of The Year in the Pac-10, Lunetta hit .355 with 21 doubles, 72 hits and 41 RBI.

Jack Headley, Santa Clara — Freshman of the Year in the West Coast Conference, Headley hit .445 in conference play.

Shortstops

Drew Meyer, South Carolina — Tremendous defensive shortstop who was named a second team All-Southeastern Conference. He hit .318 with 9 homers for the Gamecocks.

Matthew Maniscalco, Mis-sissippi St. — Another superb defensive player, he hit 10 doubles with 28 RBI this season for the Bulldogs.

Jeff Baker, Clemson — Hit .345 with 5 homers, 13 doubles and 46 RBI for the Tigers.

Third Basemen

Kevin Howard, Miami (Fla.) — Collegiate Baseball’s Co-Freshman Player of The Year, Howard had a sensational year for the Hurricanes as he was voted the team’s MVP. He hit .414 with 29 doubles, 4 homers and 47 RBI. Recorded a team-high 20 multiple hit games. Had 13 multiple RBI games, including a 7-RBI game against Long Beach St. He holds the UM freshman single-game records for at bats (8, twice), runs scored (5), doubles (3), home runs (2) and RBI (7). He also set a record when he reached base 14 consecutive times this season.

Joe Drapeau, Maine — Freshman of The Year in the America East Conference, Dra-peau hit .359 with 16 homers and 50 RBI.

Brian Barden, Oregon St. — Hit .381 with 7 homers, 13 doubles and 46 RBI.

Matt Craig, Richmond — Craig hit .369 with 9 homers, 17 doubles and 43 RBI this season.

Outfielders

Adam Greenberg, North Carolina — A second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, he hit .390 with 7 homers, 8 doubles and knocked in 33 runs. He also swiped 24 bases and walked 28 times.

Brian Stavisky, Notre Dame — Stavisky received second team All-Big East honors. He hit .298 with 14 homers, 15 doubles and 45 RBI.

Keith Butler, Liberty — Butler was named Player of The Year and Freshman of The Year in the Big South Conference which is an achievement never done before in conference history. Butler hit .396 with 5 homers, 14 doubles, 38 RBI and swiped 30 of 35 bases in a remarkable season.

Matt Carson, Brigham Young — The Freshman of The Year in the Mountain West Conference hit .395 with 8 homers, 18 doubles and 43 RBI. He led the league with a .450 batting average and posted a slugging percentage of .780 and an on-base percentage of .541.

Mike Taylor, N. C. Charlotte — Taylor, who was named Freshman of The Year in Conference USA and was named to the league’s second team All-Conference team, hit .355 with 3 homers, 8 doubles and 28 RBI.

Bob Malek, Michigan St. — Malek hit .351 with 8 homers, 7 doubles, and knocked in 50 runs.

Multiple Position Athletes

Ryan Gordon, North Carolina Greensboro — Recorded a sensational 9-1 record on the mound with a 2.57 ERA along with 100 strikeouts and only 22 walks. As a hitter, he posted a .356 batting average with 4 homers, 5 doubles and swiped 7 bases. He was named Freshman of The Year in the Southern Conference and was also a first team All-Conference pick as well.

Danny Lopaze, Virginia Commonwealth — Hit .341 with 9 homers, 14 doubles, 59 RBI. As a pitcher, he posted a 4-2 record, 3.51 ERA and 3 saves.

Dewan Day, Jackson St. — Day was a first team selection at two positions on the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first team at first base and as pitcher. He ranked third in the SWAC in doubles and batted .336 on the season. On the mound, he went 4-2 with an ERA of 5.01 and ranked 12th in the conference in strikeouts with 7.5 per game.

Designated Hitters

Matt Hopper, Nebraska — Hopper put up huge numbers for a freshman with a .353 batting average, 21 homers, 14 2B and 70 RBI. He was Freshman of The Year and a first team Big 12 Conference selection as well.

Mike Mileusnic, Dartmouth — Mileusnic was named Rookie of The Year in the Ivy League and hit .376 on the season.

Honorable Mention

Pitchers: Ben Clayton, Wake Forest; Daniel Hodges, Florida St.; Mike Hernandez, Fresno St.; Taylor Childress, Vanderbilt; Chris Leonard, Miami (Ohio), Jared Hemus, San Diego; Jason Martina, San Francisco; Jason Waddell, New Orleans; Justin Maureau, Wichita St.; Ben Thurmond, Winthrop; Bill Kasten, Maryland-Balt. County; Dewan Day, Jackson St.; Bryan Harris, Houston; Shea Douglas, Southern Mississippi; Tyler Balentine, Buffalo; Zach Placzek, St. Louis; Andy Gros, Louisiana-Lafayette, Caleb McCon-nell, Louisiana-Monroe; Nick Bourgeois, Tulane; Dave Penny, East Carolina; Kiki Bengochea, Miami (Fla.); Chris Reilly, Seton Hall; Chris Young, Mississippi St.; Dirk Hayhurst, Kent St.; Jeff Watchko, Georgia Tech.; Jesse Cramer, Duquesne; Joseph Blanton, Kentucky; Mark Michael, Kentucky; Andy Wilson, Stetson; Anthony Santopolo, Fordham; Bo Pettit, Louisiana St.; Brian Slocum, Villanova; David Talamantez, Lamar; Jason Vincent, Delaware; Kevin Niemczura, St. Bonaventure; Scott Wade, Kentucky; Tom Kandybowicz, Villanova; Rory Shortell, San Diego St., Brent Metheny, James Madison.

Infielders: Antonio Cogar, Alabama St., Pat O’Brien, Kent St.; Dewan Day, Jackson St.; Brad Erwin, N.C. Charlotte; Bryan Sanchez, Buffalo; Mike Huggins, Baylor; Vasili Spanos, Indiana; Steve Harden, Delaware; Stefan Bailie, Washington St.; Mike Prochaska, North Carolina St.; Nick Italiano, Pennsylvania; Eric Rodland, Gonzaga; Troy Cairns, New Mexico; Luke Appert, Minnesota; Mark Teahen, St. Mary’s; Omar Pena, Northeastern; Brad Lamm, N.C. Charlotte; Dennis Wyrick, Arizona St.; Mike Martinez, Cal. St. Fullerton; Bilal Omar, Northern Illinois; Dusty Young, New Mexico; Jake Miller, Navy; Jonathan Schuerholz, Auburn; Tila Reynolds, Washington; Zach Borowiak, S.E. Missouri; Joseph Peer, Austin Peay; Kainoa Obrey, Brigham Young; Tom McLaughlin, Fairleigh Dickinson; Chris Dick, Wagner; Aaron McEachran, Northern Iowa; Chris Hall, Indiana St.; Tim McCabe, West Virginia; Mike McCoy, San Diego; Wally Pontiff, Louisiana St.

Outfielders: Kellen Dixon, Youngstown St.; Sal Frisella, Southern Illinois; Aaron Soberiaj, Florida; Casey Grimm, Seton Hall; Dave Williams, Louisville; James Burgess, Tulane; Jason Corapci, Cal. St. Fullerton; Jeff Barry, Vermont; Josh Pfifer, Air Force; Keith Butler, Liberty; Michael Brown, William & Mary; Mike Cunningham, South Florida; Mitch Jones, Alabama-Birmingham; Nic Carter, Campbell; Ben Himes, Virginia; Bobby Kingsbury, Fordham; Brent Sollenberger, Old Dominion; Brian Burgamy, Wichita St.; Jayce Tingler, Missouri; Joe Ferin, Iowa St.; Jon Volosin, Fordham; Mike Taylor, N.C. Charlotte; Tyler Davidson, Washington; Ben King, Alabama.

Other Positions: DH Rich Wallace, Central Florida; DH Jay Garthwaite, Washington; DH Roger Wechter, Detroit Mercy.

 

 

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