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Two Eagles Earn Preseason All-American Honors
FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU’s Chris Sale picked up Louisville Slugger Preseason Second Team All-American honors, and teammate Zach Maxfield earned third-team honors, selected by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Sale enters the 2010 season with a 9-4 career record with three saves and a 2.94 ERA in 35 appearances. The Eagles’ junior lefthander posted a 2.72 ERA a season ago ranking him second in the Atlantic Sun. Sale ranked 26th in the nation in ERA and 26th in strikeouts in 2009. Sale earned Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year honors over the summer and Baseball American named Sale the top prospect in the Cape Cod League. He also earned First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors in 2009. The Lakeland, Fla. native also picked up A-Sun player of the week on Mar. 30 after a 12 strikeout performance against Belmont.
Maxfield posted a .383 batting average ranking seventh in the Atlantic Sun and his slugging percentage of .738 placed second in the conference and 32nd in the nation. The junior also belted 20 home runs to place in the top 25 both in home runs and in home runs per game.
The 2010 Louisville Slugger preseason All-American baseball teams features a who's who of NCAA Division I baseball players.
Second Team Preseason All-Americans
RHP Alex Wimmers, Ohio St.
LHP Cody Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
LHP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast
RHP Daniel Renken, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Sam Gaviglio, Oregon St.
LHP Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi
RHP Matt Harvey, North Carolina
Relief Matty Ott, Louisiana St.
Relief Ryan Duke, Oklahoma
C Cameron Rupp, Texas
C Micah Gibbs, Louisiana St.
1B Preston Tucker, Florida
1B Troy Channing, St. Mary's
2B Mike Sodders, New Mexico St.
2B Kolbrin Vitek, Ball St.
3B Joey Bergman, Coll. of Charleston
SS Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia
OF Mike McGee, Florida St.
OF Blake Dean, Louisiana St.
OF Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington
OF Devon Dageford, Louisiana Tech.
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia
Third Team Preseason All-Americans
LHP Sean Gilmartin, Florida St.
RHP Noe Ramirez, Cal. St. Fullerton
RHP Trevor Bauer, UCLA
RHP Tyler Pill, Cal. St. Fullerton
LHP Kenneth Roberts, Middle Tennessee St.
RHP Sam Dyson, South Carolina
RHP Gerrit Cole, UCLA
Relief Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon St.
Relief Jarad Miller, Valparaiso
Relief Scott Matyas, Minnesota
Relief Eric Pettis, U.C. Irvine
Relief Cole Green, Texas
Relief Nick Ramirez, Cal. St. Fullerton
Relief Michael Schum, Wright St.
C Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri St.
C Eddie Rohan, Winthrop
C Rafael Neda, New Mexico
1B Paul Hoilman, East Tennessee St.
1B Tony Plagman, Georgia Tech.
1B Austin Wates, Virginia Tech.
1B Andy Wilkins, Arkansas
1B Zach Maxfield, Florida Gulf Coast
2B Kolten Wong, Hawaii
2B Sean Rockey, George Washington
2B Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
2B Wes Hobson, Appalachian St.
3B Anthony Rendon, Rice
3B Jake Smith, Alabama
3B Phil Wunderlich, Louisville
3B Bo Reeder, East Tennessee St.
SS Drew Lee, Morehead St.
SS Stephen Cardullo, Florida St.
OF Gary Brown, Cal. St. Fullerton
OF Kevin Nieto, Manhattan
OF Ryan Enos, Dallas Baptist