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2002 NCBWA All-America Team Represents Cream of Division I Crop
June 11, 2002
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-The 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers All-America team, released Tuesday by NCBWA, indicates the top-notch abilities of student-athletes throughout the nation in NCAA Division I baseball.

On the week of the 56th NCAA World Series in Omaha and the impending Dick Howser Trophy, presented Friday by Verizon/The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the NCBWA (voting entity for the award) in Omaha at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) to the most outstanding Division I diamondman in the nation, the All-America contingent is a dream team that could make any coach or program proud.

There are 12 standouts who are among the eight teams in the June 14-22 College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium and six returnees from the 2001 first, second or third units selected by the 150-plus voting members of the NCBWA for 2002.

Nine NCBWA mainstays from the District Players of the Year for Division I all landed places on the first three units as the 2002 team is one of the youngest contingents in the 1989-02 history of the selections.

First baseman Vincent Sinisi is a redshirt freshman with .432 hitting credentials (11th nationally in batting average) while Southern University stalwart Rickie Weeks led the nation in hitting with a .495 average, 20 home runs and 96 RBI as he posted Davey Johnson-like numbers as the first team second baseman.

The four starting pitchers (three sophomores and a junior) on the initial unit had a combined record of 53-8 with 509 strikeouts in 494-plus innings and the nation's first choice in the 2002 Major League Draft-Ball State righthander Bryan Bullington. Relief aces senior Blake Taylor of South Carolina and junior Royce Ring of San Diego State combined for 38 saves prior to the 2002 CWS.

The left side of the infield, though, is the envy of any college coach. 2002 Dick Howser Trophy finalist senior SS Khalil Greene is third nationally with a .480 batting average for Coach Jack Leggett's World Series-bound Clemson Tigers along with 26 home runs and 86 RBI. Teammate 3B Jeff Baker briefly eclipsed the Clemson season record for home runs with 25 before Greene topped that in a subsequent NCAA Super Regionals' game against Arkansas and sports 82 RBI for one of the nation's top 1-2 hitting punches at any pair of positions.

Catcher Jed Morris powered Nebraska to its second consecutive appearance at Rosenblatt Stadium in the nationals at Omaha, Neb., with a Big 12 Conference-high 21 homers and 84 RBI while New Mexico State OF Ryan Kenning paced the Aggies to their first-ever NCAA appearance in 2002 with 24 dingers and 96 RBI. Notre Dame's speed merchant Steve Stanley helped the Fighting Irish make their first trek to the NCAA World Series since 1957 with a solid series in the Super Regionals at Florida State and sports a .445 average with 31 stolen bases through games of June 13, 2002. DH-utility athlete John McCurdy of Maryland posted numbers (.443-19 HR-77 RBI) that kept the Terrapins in contention for a postseason berth for most of the season.

While the three All-America teams have a solid flair from the state of South Carolina (four Clemson standouts, two from South Carolina, and one each from Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston), there are a total of 34 teams from nine Division I conferences represented on the 2002 lists.

Previous first teamers on the NCBWA All-America contingents since '89 have included Georgia Tech catcher Jason Varitek, Clemson pitcher Kris Benson, Texas P-DH-1B Brooks Kieschnick, LSU second baseman Todd Walker, Cal State Fullerton OF Mark Kotsay, Southern California pitcher Mark Prior, Wichita State pitcher Braden Looper, Stanford catch A.J. Hinch, and Old Dominion shortstop Tim Hummel, among others.

2002 NCBWA All-America Team
First Team
Pos. Name, School Class BA AB R H HR RBI

1B Vincent Sinisi, Rice Fr. .432 264 65 114 11 80
2B Rickie Weeks, Southern U. So. .495 198 63 98 20 96
3B Jeff Baker, Clemson Jr. .335 248 63 83 25 82
SS Khalil Greene, Clemson Sr. .480 269 90 129 26 86
C Jed Morris, Nebraska Jr. .380 263 68 100 21 84
OF Ryan Kenning, New Mexico St. Sr. .319 242 66 77 24 96
OF Steve Stanley, Notre Dame-31 SB Jr. .445 245 72 109 1 35
OF Vito Chiaravalloti, Richmond Jr. .366 238 69 85 23 86
UT/ATH John McCurdy, Maryland Jr. .443 221 67 98 19 77
Pitchers
Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV

SP Bryan Bullington, Ball St Jr. 11-3 2.84 15 104.2 88 18 139 0
SP Brad Sullivan, Houston So. 13-1 1.82 18 128.1 80 49 157 0
SP Tim Stauffer, Richmond So. 15-3 1.54 20 146 110 34 140 0
SP Justin Simmons, Texas So. 14-1 2.52 18 114.1 93 35 73 0
RP Royce Ring, San Diego St. Jr. 5-1 1.85 36 39 29 13 54 17
RP Blake Taylor, So. Carolina Sr. 6-1 2.03 34 80 66 39 73 21

Second Team
Pos. Name, School Class BA AB R H HR RBI

1B Nate Gold, Gonzaga Sr. .333 228 59 76 33 76
2B James Jurries, Tulane Sr. .408 235 77 96 20 74
3B Tom Merkle, New York Tech Jr. .430 186 48 80 20 68
SS Mark Kiger, Florida Sr. .403 258 90 104 11 55
C David Castillo, Oral Roberts So. .398 226 59 90 14 79
OF Ryan Goleski, Eastern Michigan So. .381 218 62 83 22 70
OF Brian Wright, N.C. State Sr. .418 232 72 97 14 73
OF Terry Trofholz, TCU Jr. .441 213 51 94 3 40
UT/ATH Ryan Barthelemy, Fla. State Sr. .362 293 76 106 17 94
(tie) UT/ATH Jesse Crain, Houston Jr. .310 258 51 80 11 47
Crain Pitching Stats: 4-0, 0.00 ERA, 26 G, 35.2 IP, 18 H, 10 BB, 44 SO, 10 SV
Pitchers
Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV

SP Steve Reba, Clemson Sr. 13-3 4.06 18 106.1 112 41 78 0
SP Alex Hart, Florida Jr. 13-3 3.24 17 111 81 56 81 0
SP Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford Jr. 12-1 2.34 18 142.1 121 32 125 0
SP Kyle Sleeth, Wake Forest So. 14-0 2.97 18 118.1 115 41 113 0
RP Randy Corn, The Citadel Sr. 1-0 1.37 39 59 33 16 76 13
RP Dave Bush, Wake Forest Sr. 8-1 1.64 40 60.1 47 10 61 13

Third Team
Pos. Name, School Class BA AB R H HR RBI

1B Yaron Peters, South Carolina Sr. .398 256 79 102 28 92
2B Corey Loomis, Bowling Green Jr. .404 193 61 73 13 52
3B Lee Curtis, Coll. of Charleston Jr. .409 225 67 92 15 65
SS Russ Adams, North Carolina Jr.-45 SB.370 254 75 94 7 55
(tie) C Jeremy Brown, Alabama Jr. .320 219 56 70 11 64
C Chris Snyder, Houston Jr. .343 230 59 79 15 71
OF Justin Owens, Coastal Carolina Sr. .417 211 60 88 11 58
OF Mark Jurich, Louisville So. .365 203 47 74 16 60
(tie) OF Wes Reohr, Penn State Sr. .393 191 49 75 9 38
OF Sam Fuld, Stanford So. .372 274 61 102 6 43
OF Dustin Majewski, Texas Jr. .403 196 35 79 9 45
OF Adam Bourassa, Wake Forest Jr.-26 SB.412 250 71 103 2 41
UT/ATH Darryl Lawhorn, E. Carolina Fr. .419 234 52 98 17 61 (tie)
UT/ATH Bob Malek, Michigan State Jr. .402 219 66 88 16 66
Pitchers
Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV

SP Lance Cormier, Alabama Sr. 11-3 3.28 17 129 135 27 85 0
SP Matt Henrie, Clemson Jr. 12-4 3.04 18 106.2 106 24 80 0
SP Scooter Michael, UNCGreen So. 12-1 2.76 27 100.1 93 21 86 3
SP Philip Humber, Rice Fr. 11-1 2.67 17 108 86 40 128 0 (tie)
SP Kyle Bakker, Georgia Tech So. 12-2 3.34 18 126.2 126 23 106 0
SP Paul Maholm, MS State So. 10-3 3.43 14 102.1 103 33 77 0
SP Shane Komine, Nebraska Sr. 10-0 1.87 14 91.1 56 22 108 0
RP Taylor Tankersley, Alabama Fr. 8-5 2.62 25 68.2 55 20 65 7
RP James Russell, Villanova Jr. 1-3 2.33 22 27 25 8 35 15

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