Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, May 29, 2008
SLUGGER'S" ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL TEAMS
TUCSON, Ariz. The Louisville Slugger NCAA
Division I All-American baseball teams and National Player of The Year were
announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
The 17-man first team, chosen by performances
up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball
newspaper, features 10 conference players or pitchers of the year, including:
- LHP Brian Matusz, San Diego (Pitcher of
Year West Coast Conference).
- RHP Aaron Crow, Missouri (Pitcher of
Year Big 12 Conference).
- RHP Stephen Strasburg, San Diego St.
(Pitcher of Year Mountain West Conference).
- RHP Scott Gorgen, U.C. Irvine (Pitcher
of Year Big West Conference).
- RHP Tim Clubb, Missouri St. (Pitcher of
Year Missouri Valley Conference).
- Relief Joshua Fields, Georgia (Pitcher
of Year Southeastern Conference).
- C Buster Posey, Florida St. (Player of
Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
- 3B Jeremie Tice, College of Charleston
(Player of Year Southern Conference).
- SS Gordon Beckham, Georgia (Player of
Year Southeastern Conference).
- OF Brian Van Kirk, Oral Roberts (Player
of Year Summit League).
The first team features six starting pitchers
who posted a combined 63-8 record with an ERA of 2.14. RHP Stephen Strasburg of
San Diego St. led all pitchers with 133 strikeouts. The first team relief
pitcher was Joshua Fields of Georgia. He recorded 16 saves and a 1.52 ERA.
The offense features power and line drive
hitters. The first team belted 181 homers led by 3B Jeremie Tice of College of
Charleston (25) and SS Gordon Beckham of Georgia (23). The team collected 201
doubles led by OF Bryan Miller of Troy (32). Eight first teamers hit 17 or more
doubles during the season.
named Florida States Posey as its National
Player of The Year. Posey, a gifted defensive catcher for the Seminoles who
threw out 22 runners (41.5%) and credited with 6 pickoffs, leads the nation in
three offensive categories, including batting average (.467), on-base percentage
(.567) and slugging percentage (.864). He also hit 19 homers, 20 doubles and
recorded 73 RBIs heading into regional play.
This marks the 12th year that Louisville
Slugger has sponsored the Division I All-Americans.
The following are the first, second and third
team Louisville Slugger All-Americans for 2008.