|DENVER (NCBWA) – The National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its 14th annual
2004 All-America Division I baseball teams Tuesday.
Led by All-Everything pitcher Jered Weaver of Long Beach State,
the "dream team" is a solid collection of student-athletes who have
excelled on all levels in '04 and are prevalent in the NCAA World
Series at Omaha from June 18-28.
Weaver, a two-time NCBWA All-America first teamer, posted numbers
unseen in the Big West Conference and nationally for the campaign.
He was 15-1 overall with 201 strikeouts in 136 1/3 innings pitched,
just 19 walks, 25 earned runs, a 1.65 ERA, and a .161 opponents'
The 2003 and '04 Co-Big West Player of the Year with teammates
Abe Alvarez and P Jason Windsor, respectively, led coach Mike Weathers'
squad to the finals of the NCAA Long Beach Super Regional. Two extra-inning
losses to Arizona of the Pacific-10 Conference stood in the way
of a Dirtbags' trek to the 2004 World Series.
On the mound side with Weaver are two of the NCBWA's preseason
All-America starting hurlers from defending national champion Rice.
Philip Humber was among the Top Seven in Division I total wins nationally
with a 13-2 record and 1.80 ERA. Teammate Wade Townsend, who was
almost unhittable in RU's 2003 drive to the NCAA crown, went undefeated
at 11-0 in '04 with a team-leading 1.68 ERA. Each Owls' moundman
had 141 strikeouts for coach Wayne Graham's squad. 2004 preseason
All-America Jeff Niemann was an almost certain choice for the first
unit before being sidelined for part of the year by injuries. The
Rice aces were all among the first 10 selections in the 2004 Major
League Baseball Draft.
Texas junior lefty J.P. Howell (14-2, 2.26 ERA, 153 strikeouts
in 123 2/3 innings of work to lead all Big 12 Conference pitchers
in the first three categories) rounded out the initial starters
selected after tossing coach Augie Garrido's Longhorns to the NCAA
World Series for the fourth time in five years.
Relief pitchers on the first unit had similarly-stunning numbers.
Southern Miss standout Austin Tubb had a hand in 18 winning decisions
(8-0 record with 10 saves) in his 32 relief appearances and had
a 0.93 ERA for the Conference USA power coached by Corky Palmer.
Three-time All-America RHP Huston Street of Texas came on strongly
toward the latter part of the season to save 12 games in 27 appearances
and increase his Texas and Big 12 Conference career record for saves
A cavalcade of Division I's top hitters for average and power
batsmen is reflected in all three units. New Mexico State 1B Billy
Becher returns with .42 home runs per game (25 in 59 outings) to
lead the nation in that category. All-Conference USA 2B Jarrett
Hoffpauir of Southern Miss adds some of the best extra-base numbers
of any middle infielder with 11 homers, 92 RBI and a .405 batting
average. C-USA Player of the Year Ryan Jones of East Carolina helped
the Pirates move to within two triumphs of a first-ever trip to
Omaha with his 18 homers and 66 RBI in the first 49 games of the
Shortstop Dustin Pedroia of Arizona State also returns as the
first team member from the 2003 contingent after pacing the Pacific-10
Conference contender to back-to-back NCAA appearances. Catcher Landon
Powell, the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Year, slimmed
down some 35 pounds in the offseason and jumped up his statistical
numbers t> o 19 homers and 64 RBI for the World Series-bound Gamecocks.
Fellow SEC slugger OF Jon Zeringue of LSU hit close to the .400
all year and led the Tigers back to their almost-annual trek to
Promising a solid future for Division I baseball, youngsters
such as Nebraska sophomore 3B Alex Gordon (Big 12 Player of the
Year with 18 homers, 75 RBI and a .754 slugging percentage), William
& Mary sophomore OF Chris Rahl (20 homers, 70 RBI) and Florida State
soph OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.385 average, 19 home runs, 81 RBI)
are just some of the second-year standouts represented on the first
unit. A total of 48 different schools and nine student-athletes
in the dent in 2004 NCAA World Series is on either the first, second
or third squads in this year's voting by NCBWA membership.
In 2004 the NCBWA, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and
Xanthus to select the national collegiate player with the Xanthus
Dick Howser Trophy-embodying a collegian with standout athletics'
ability as well as off-field character for Division I diamondman
of the year. The '04 announcement and award ceremony are set for
9:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Omaha (Neb.) Courtyard by Marriott, 101 South
10th Street, 2nd Floor meeting area, on Friday, June 18.
2004 NCBWA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Second Team: 1B Josh Brady, Texas Tech,
Jr.; 2B Warner Jones, Vanderbilt, So.; 3B Brad
McCann, Clemson, Jr.; SS Brian Bixler, Eastern
Michigan, Jr.; C Kurt Suzuki, Cal State Fullerton,
Jr.; OF Byron Barber, College of Charleston,
Jr.; OF Marshall Hubbard, North Carolina, Jr.;
OF Ryan Frith, Southern Miss, Sr.; UT/ATH Stephen
Head, Ole Miss, So.; SP Greg Bunn, East Carolina,
Jr.; SP Justin Hoyman, Florida, Jr.; SP Spencer
Grogan, Oklahoma State, Jr.; SP Matt Fox, UCF,
Jr.; RP Anthony Rea, Santa Clara, Jr.; RP Chad
Blackwell, South Carolina, Jr.
Third Team: 1B Mike Ferris, Miami (Ohio),
Jr.; 1B Jim Burt, Miami (Fla.), Sr.; 2B Jed
Lowrie, Stanford, So.; 2B Graig Badger, Rutgers,
Sr.; 3B Matt Macri, Notre Dame, Jr.; 3B Ed Lucas,
Dartmouth, Sr.; SS Stephen Drew, Florida State,
Jr.; C Caleb Moore, East Tennessee State, Jr.;
OF Stephen Carter, Eastern Kentucky, Jr.; OF
Steve Carvati, Ohio State, Jr.; OF Matt VanDerBosch,
Oral Roberts, Sr.; OF Eric Nielsen, UNLV, Jr.;
OF Jeff Frazier, Rutgers, Jr.; OF Matt Barket,
Tulane, Jr.; UT/ATH Dennis Bigley, Oral Roberts,
Jr.; UT/ATH P.J. Hiser, Pittsburgh, Sr.; SP
Wade LeBlanc, Alabama, Jr.; SP Steve Grasley,
Creighton, Sr.; SP Dennis Robinson, Jacksonville,
Jr.; RP Kyle Stutes, Lamar, Sr.; SP Clay Dirks,
LSU, Sr.; SP Garrett Broshuis, Missouri, Jr.;
SP Michael Rogers, N.C. State, So.; SP Ross
Ohlendorf, Princeton, Jr.; SP P.J. Walters,
South Alabama, Jr.; SP Aaron Rawl, South Carolina,
Jr.; SP Mike Pelfrey, Wichita State, So.; RP
Steven Register, Auburn, Jr.; RP Neil Jamison,
Long Beach State, Jr.; RP Ryan Doherty, Notre
Dame, So.; RP Michael Snapp, Texas-Arlington,
Sr.; RP Nate Moore, Troy State, Jr.; RP Blair
Erickson, UC Irvine, Fr.
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