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All-American Teams College - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 5, 2002

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 2002 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team features a who’s who of tremendous baseball talent.

The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Freshman National Players of The Year in RHP Philip Humber of Rice, 1B Vincent Sinisi of Rice and 1B Darryl Lawhorn of East Carolina.

Here is a rundown on the 2002 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper:

Pitchers

RHP Philip Humber, Rice — Humber, Collegiate Baseball’s co-National Freshman Player of The Year, was superb with a 11-1 record and 2.50 ERA. He fanned 121 batters and walked only 38 in 101 innings. Humber was a first team Western Athletic Conference selection who was also named Freshman of The Year.
RHP Derek DeCarlo, Florida International — Freshman of The Year and a second team Sun Belt selection, DeCarlo posted an 11-0 record and 3.53 ERA as he fanned 92 batters and walked 37 batters.
RHP Chris Lambert, Boston College — The First Team Big East selection and Pitcher of The Year in the conference was nothing short of sensational. He posted a 9-3 record, 2.76 ERA and five complete games. In addition, the Freshman of The Year in the Big East struck out 87 batters and walked 51.
RHP Matt Durkin, San Jose St. — Durkin had an impressive 11-2 record along with a 2.55 ERA, 4 complete games and 84 strikeouts along with only 21 walks in his freshman campaign.
RHP Grant Johnson, Notre Dame — Johnson had an 8-4 record and 3.35 ERA for the Irish. He posted 82 strikeouts and 35 walks. His best outing was in regional action as he one-hit South Alabama with eight strikeouts.
LHP Taylor Tankersley, Alabama — Posted an 8-5 record with 7 saves and a 2.62 ERA in 68 2/3 innings. He allowed 55 hits and 20 earned runs with 65 strikeouts and only 20 walks. The eight wins tied a single-season freshman record at Alabama.
RHP Justin Verlander, Old Dominion — The Freshman of The Year in the Colonial Athletic Association, Verlander struck out 137 batters and posted a glistening 1.90 ERA this season as he posted three shutouts.
LHP Glenn Swanson, U.C. Irvine — Swanson posted a 7-3 record, 3.22 ERA and two saves. In addition, he struck out 68 batters and walked only 34.
LHP Robert Swindle, Charleston Southern — Swindle struck out 95 batters and walked only 14 this season, amazing numbers for a freshman.
LHP Zach Jackson, Louisville — Jackson had a superb season for the Cardinals as he posted a 7-1 record and 4.42 ERA. He fanned 34 batters and walked only 13.
LHP Jeremy Sowers, Vanderbilt — Sowers fanned 75 batters and walked only 24 as he posted a 4-5 record and 4.09 ERA in the tough Southeastern Conference.
LHP Scott Lewis, Ohio St. — Lewis had a glistening 2.91 ERA and 5-2 record as he struck out 68 batters and walked only 25.
RHP A.J. Shappi, U.C. Riverside — Shappi posted a 6-3 record, 3.55 ERA and two complete games as he fanned 66 batters and walked 24.
RHP Eric Posthumus, U.C. Santa Barbara — Posthumus registered a 6-1 record and struck out 48 batters with 27 walks in 2002.
RHP Shawn Phillips, Delaware St. — Phillips recorded a 7-3 slate along with a 3.69 ERA. He also registered 5 complete games as he struck out 77 batters and walked 22.
RHP Mike Parisi, Manhattan — Parisi put together a 6-4 record with 3 saves and a 3.19 ERA. He also struck out 56 batters and walked 20.
RHP Justin Orenouff, George Washington — Orenouff had a superb freshman season as he posted a 7-2 record, 2.13 ERA and 54 strikeouts with 14 walks.
RHP Brian Nicholas, Alabama St. — The Freshman of The Year and First Team Southwestern Athletic Conference performer was superb in his initial year. He posted a 7-4 record, 4.06 ERA, 4 complete games and fanned 52 batters with 30 walks.
RHP Jack Muscalus, Lehigh — The Freshman Player of The Year and second team Patriot League performer posted a 7-3 record and 3.54 ERA.
LHP Ryan Gehring, Illinois-Chicago — Gehring was Freshman of The Year in the Horizon League. He registered eight wins and a 3.13 ERA with 67 strikeouts.

Relief Pitchers

Huston Street, Texas — A first team Big 12 Conference pick and Freshman Pitcher of The Year in the Big 12, Street had a microscopic 0.96 ERA with 9 saves and a 4-1 overall record. He struck out 41 batters and walked only five in 37 1/3 innings.
Byron Binda, Coastal Carolina — Binda posted a 5-1 record with 1 save and a 3.10 ERA. He struck out 47 batters and walked 21.
David Purcey, Oklahoma — Purcey posted six saves with a 3.04 ERA and also had a 3-3 overall record. He fanned 54 batters and walked 24.
Greg Bunn, East Carolina — Bunn had a 2.76 ERA and saved four games with 23 strikeouts and nine walks.
Travis Wendte, Missouri — Wendte saved five games for the Tigers and had a 3-2 record with a 2.52 ERA. He fanned 40 batters and walked 11.
Cliff Russum, Southern Mississippi — Russum posted 4 saves and a 1-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. He fanned 15 batters and walked six.

Catchers

Grant Rembert, N.C. Asheville — A superb defensive catcher, Rembert hit .365 with 5 homers, 7 doubles and 40 RBI this season.
Aaron Hathaway, Washington — Hathaway hit .329 with 4 homers, 6 doubles and 29 RBI this season and swiped 9 of 14 bases.
Brad Davis, Long Beach St. — Davis is a superb defensive catcher who hit .319 this season and was a second team Big West Conference selection.
Brad Willcutt, Southern Mississippi — An All-Freshmen Conference USA selection, Willcutt cracked 16 doubles, 7 homers and knocked in 48 runs this season.
Ben Crabtree, Ohio — Crabtree hit .345 with 8 doubles, 4 homers and 34 RBI this season and was superb behind the plate.

First Basemen

Vincent Sinisi, Rice — Sinisi, Collegiate Baseball’s co-National Freshman Player of The Year, was named Player of The Year in the Western Athletic Conference and was a first team WAC selection. He hit .433 with 22 doubles, 9 homers and 73 RBI in addition to collecting 104 hits and scoring 58 runs. Sinisi also swiped 9 bases.
Darryl Lawhorn, East Carolina — Lawhorn, Collegiate Baseball’s co-National Freshman Player of The Year and a first team Conference USA selection, put up huge numbers this season as he hit .419 with 17 homers, 12 doubles, 61 RBI and swiped 14 bases.
Phil Rothkugel, Central Connecticut St. — Named Freshman of The Year in the Northeast Conference, Rothkugel hit .391 with 8 homers and 48 RBI.
Ryan Cuscovitch, Hartford — Cuscovitch was named to the first team America East Conference squad. He hit .323 with 5 homers and 35 RBI.
Kyle Larsen, Washington — Larsen hit .363 with 5 homers, 11 doubles and 36 RBI during the past season.
Tony Roth, Creighton — Roth, Freshman of The Year in the Missouri Valley Conference, hit .345 with 4 homers, 12 doubles and 26 RBI. He also swiped 8 of 11 bases.
Matt Anderson, U.C. Irvine — Anderson, a second team Big West Conference pick, hit .404 with 3 homers, 12 doubles and 30 RBI.
Chris Gaskin, Manhattan — Named Rookie of The Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Gaskin posted a .326 batting average while collecting 61 hits, 37 RBI and 34 runs.

Second Basemen

Eric Patterson, Georgia Tech. —  Patterson was a first team Atlantic Coast Conference pick and hit .388 with 10 doubles, 3 homers and 27 RBI. In addition, he swiped 29 bases.
Sean Smith, Loyola Marymount — A first team West Coast Conference selection and Freshman Player of The Year in the WCC, Smith hit like an upperclassman with a .404 batting average in his first season of play.
Jarrett Hoffpauir, Southern Mississippi — Hoffpauir was an All-Freshmen selection in Conference USA and hit .322 with 15 doubles and 28 RBI.
Marshall Szabo, Georgia — Szabo hit .367 with 4 homers, 3 doubles and 17 RBI for the Bulldogs.
Nate Jaggers, Middle Tennessee St. — Jaggers had a superb season as he hit .320 with 7 homers, 10 doubles and 31 RBI.
Steve Winters, Air Force — Winters nearly hit over .400 as he batted .393 with 6 doubles and 15 RBI.

Shortstops

Stephen Drew, Florida St. — Named Rookie of The Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a second team ACC selection, drew hit .383 with 14 homers, 10 doubles and 48 RBI despite missing 28 games due to an injury. He is a superb defensive player as well.
Ben Ingold, Wake Forest — Ingold hit .340 with 11 doubles, 2 homers and 24 RBI.
Bobby Tweksbary, Vermont — Tweksbary had a superb season as he was named a first team America East selection. He hit .340 and ranked fourth in the America East with a .463 on-base percentage.
Paul Janish, Rice — Janish, a superb defensive shortstop, was a first team Western Athletic Conference pick as he hit .348 with 10 doubles and 28 RBI.
Brian Bixler, Eastern Michigan — Bixler was named Freshman of The Year in the Mid-American Conference as he hit .323 with 12 homers, 12 doubles and 46 RBI.
Matt Shepherd, Southern Mississippi — Shepherd, an All-Freshman Conference USA selection, hit .342 with 10 doubles and 20 RBI.
Dustin Pedroia, Arizona St. — A first team Pac-10 pick, Padroia hit .335 with 13 doubles and 33 RBI. In 165 chances as a shortstop, second baseman and third baseman, he only made two errors.

Third Basemen

Matt Lein, Wofford College — Lein, Freshman of the Year and second team selection in the Southern Conference, hit .383 with 6 homers, 14 doubles and 52 RBI.
Eric Thornton, Oral Roberts — Thornton, a second team Mid-Continent Conference pick, hit .343 with 16 doubles, 6 homers, 47 RBI and swiped 6 bases.
Matt Bose, Oklahoma — Bose hit .309 with 16 doubles, 4 homers and 31 RBI in a superb freshman season.

Outfielders

Joe Wickman, UNLV — Wickman, Freshman of The Year and first team Mountain West Conference selection, posted a league-record .490 batting average in his debut with the Rebels. He also put together an 18-game hitting streak and notched the MWC’s best on-base percentage at .584, reading base with 48 hits and 21 walks.
Seth Smith, Mississippi — Named Freshman of The Year in the Southeastern Conference and a first team SEC selection, Smith hit .402 with 8 doubles, 4 homers and 44 RBI. He established new school freshman records for hits (68), singles (55), total bases (90) and RBIs (44).
Dee Brown, Central Florida — Brown, Freshman of the Year and first team selection in the Atlantic Sun Conference, hit .396 with 9 doubles, 42 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.
Drew Locke, Boston College — Locke hit .452 with 13 doubles, 19 RBI and swiped 10 of 11 bases.
Jake McLintock, San Diego St. — McLintock hit .366 with 16 doubles, 4 homers and knocked in 41 runs.
Matt Young, New Mexico — Young, a first team Mountain West Conference pick, reached base safely in 43 straight games and hit .380 with 4 doubles, 23 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Playing LF, CF, 2B and 3B, he made just four errors in 102 chances and was the leadoff hitter for the Lobos.
Clay Timpner, Central Florida — Timpner hit .385 with 4 homers, 4 doubles and 27 RBI as he swiped 10 of 15 bases this season.
Drew Davidson, Illinois — Davidson hit .370 with 9 doubles, 8 homers and 23 RBI for the Illini.
Israel Victor, N.C. Asheville — Victor had a superb year as he hit .338 with 14 doubles, 3 homers and 29 RBI.
Jordan Haar, Charleston Southern — Haar hit .348 with 9 homers, 15 doubles and 28 RBI. He also swiped 9 of 11 bases.
Jeff Culpepper, Gonzaga — Culpepper hit .372 with 12 doubles, 3 homers and 28 RBI this season.

Multiple Position Athlete

Wes Whisler, UCLA — Whisler, Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10 Conference and a first team Pac-10 pick, had a superb season for the Bruins as he belted 18 homers and paced the team with a .684 slugging percentage. He broke the UCLA freshman home run record when he hit his 16th round tripper of the season. On the mound, he ranked eighth in the conference with a 4.06 ERA and led UCLA with 59 strikeouts.
Jay Johnson, Xavier — Named Freshman of The Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Johnson hit .335 with 29 runs scored and 22 RBI. As a pitcher, he appeared in 18 games. He was part of Xavier’s first no-hitter since 1988 and threw six perfect innings in another outing against Rhode Island.
Cole Helms, Tennessee Tech. — Helms was named Rookie of The Year in the Ohio Valley Conference as he hit .369. He was among league leaders in hits (75) and doubles (16). In 18 appearances on the mound, the righthander fanned 54 batters in 53 2/3 innings for the conference’s second-best strikeout mrk (9.06 K’s/9 innings).

Designated Hitter

Aaron Izryk, Maine — Izaryk was named a first team America East selection as he hit .384 with 18 RBI this seson.
J. D. Reininger, Texas — The Freshman Player of The Year in the Big 12 Conference, Reininger hit .336 with 11 doubles, 8 homers and 32 RBI.

Honorable Mention

Pitchers: Tim Morley (Wake Forest), Zac Cline (West Virginia), Brent Coudron (Purdue), Brian Duensing (Nebraska), Jake Glanzmann (George Mason), Tyler Lumsden (Clemson), Jason Vargas (Louisiana St.), Alan Horne (Mississippi), Wade Townsend (Rice), David Bartelt (Florida), Dennis Bigley (Oral Roberts), J.C. Faircloth (Western Kentucky), Kyle Markle (Cincinnati), Mike Harris (Rhode Island), Ross Ohlendorf (Princeton), Ryan Welch (Southern Illinois), Alan Bryan (Samford), Brett Strickland (Georgia St.), Cody Blackard (Belmont), Dave MacDonald (Illinois St.), Eric Dworkis (Gonzaga), Eric Haberer (Southern Illinois), Josh Deel (Jacksonville), Kory Kelchen (Northern Iowa), Kyle Bloom (Illinois St.), Matthew Jakubov (Wichita St.), Mike Pete (Florida), Ryan Welch (Southern Illinois), Tommy Boss (Florida), Brian Bach (Wake Forest), Daniel Davidson (Wake Forest), Jeff Moore (N.C. Wilmington), Jon Koller (U.C. Irvine), Logan Kensing (Texas A&M), Nick Peay (Dartmouth), Mark Sopko (Arizona St.), Ronald Hill (N.C. Wilmington), Scott Goetz (Eastern Kentucky), Garry Bakker (North Carolina), Joshua Kirk (Southern), Nick Allen (Villanova), Jered Weaver (Long Beach St.), Ken Gleason (Manhattan), Matt Schroeder (Northern Illinois), Mike Lewis (LeMoyne), Phil Shirek (Nebraska), Ryan Welch (Southern Illinois), Tim Day (Michigan St.), Tyler Saneholtz (Bowling Green St.), Brett Smith (U.C. Irvine), Brett Strickland (Georgia St.), Devin Monds (Northeastern), Jon Lewis (Stony Brook), Ken Grant (Siena), Mathew Jakubov (Wichita St.), Matt Buckingham (Creighton), Neil Jamison (Long Beach St.), Clay Harris (Louisiana St.), Aaron Rawl (South Carolina).

Infielders: Derek Bruce (Washington St.), Jeff Larish (Arizona St.), John Hardy (Arizona), P.J. Finigan (Southern Illinois), Josh Archer (Middle Tennessee St.), Chris Hyde (Austin Peay), Chris Malec (U.C. Santa Barbara), J.C. Holt (Louisiana St.), Stuart Musslewhite (Houston), Derek Hutton (Florida Atlantic), Gary Morris (Elon), Jonathan Tucker (Florida), Tug Hulett (Auburn), Michael Griffin (Baylor), Jeff Baisley (South Florida), Jeff Nichols (Brown), Josh Mader (New Mexico), Brian Haskins (Jacksonville St.), Daniel Hurst (Mercer), Michael Giroud (East Tennessee St.), David Nicholson (California), Chris Iannetta (North Carolina), Damian Blakeley (St. Bonaventure), Devin Ivany (South Florida), Alex Jamieson (Jacksonville), Clint Sammons (Georgia), Jason Jaramillo (Oklahoma St.), Jeff Parrish (Virginia Commonwealth), Rusty Bennett (Georgia St.), Donny Lucy (Stanford), Jason Maxey (Maryland), Wyatt Toregas (Virginia Tech.), Cy Donald (San Francisco), Mark Reynolds (Virginia), Brent Dlugach (Memphis), Matt Devins (Stony Brook), Patrick Rooney (Pepperdine), Chuck Jeroloman (Auburn), Eli Iorg (Samford), Michael Holliman (Texas), Vince Ircandia (Niagara).

Outfielders: Aaron Mathews (Oregon St.), David Nicholson (California), Anthony Albano (Evansville), Dooley Prince (McNeese St.), Nate Corrick (San Jose St.), Aaron Mathews (Oregon St.), Antone Towns (Western Kentucky), Bill Quinn (Georgetown), Brett Anderson (Charleston), Daniel Bruce (Nebraska), Gerald Clark (Tulane), Jeremy Slayden (Georgia Tech.), Joe Frazee (Loyola Marymount), Josh Wyrick (Cal Poly SLO), Pete Curnow (Navy), Royce Kufuroku (San Francisco), Todd Stroud (New Mexico), Tony Vallone (Albany), Adam Balkan (Princeton), Alex Blagojevich (Pennsylvania), Anthony Rablon (George Washington), Clay Peterson (Belmont), Jeff Corsaletti (Florida), Jeff Fiorentino (Florida Atlantic), Matt Cooksey (George Mason), Pete Curnow (Navy), Tim Short (Fordham), Tony Vallone (Albany), Trevor Hahn (Portland), Will Frazier (Maryland), Madison Edwards (Texas Tech.), Kirk McConnell (Arkansas), Matt Wilkerson (U.C. Santa Barbara), Adam Willard (N.C. Charlotte), Jeff Hourigan (Clemson).

Other Positions: DH Adam Bucci (Lafayette), DH Joey Metropoulos (Southern California), DH Chris Adamo (New Orleans), DH Jason Carey (Vermont), DH Jon Mungle (Mississippi St.), DH Josh Fields (Oklahoma St.), DH R.J. Brown (U.C. Irvine), DH Todd Stroud (New Mexico), DH Jason Carey (Vermont), DH Miguel Paquette (Northeastern).

 

 

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