Collegiate Baseball Names Six Players Preseason All-America
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/31/2008
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First-team All-America selection Cory Harrilchak of Elon
Courtesy: Southern Conference

Collegiate Baseball Names Harrilchak First Team All-American; Davis Named Third Team

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The 2009 Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American baseball teams, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features a who's who of NCAA Division I baseball players.  This year's teams include two Elon Phoenix players Cory Harrilchak (Cary, N.C.) and Bennett Davis (Katy, Texas).  Harrilchak earned his place as the First Team utility player while Davis was a Third Team selection at third base.

As a junior, Harrilchak batted .410, 27th in the nation, to become the first Elon player to conclude a season with a .400+ batting average since 1988.  Harrilchak was named the 2008 SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player after hitting .591 with three homers, 11 RBI, 13 runs score (tying a tournament record) and a 1-0 record on the mound in the tournament.  He was a First Team All-SoCon pick by both the league's coaches and media and was a Second Team ABCA All-Atlantic Region choice.  Harrilchak also belted 11 homers and finished with 12 doubles, five triples, 71 runs, 46 RBI and was 24-of-25 in stolen base attempts.  Harrilchak was also a Second Team selection to the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-American team earlier this year.

Davis earned his spot following a junior season in which he belted 18 homers and drove in a school record 82 runs while hitting .350.  In 61 games, Davis scored 66 runs and also had 15 doubles.  Davis was a Second Team All-Southern Conference selection by the league's media following the 2008 campaign.  He also earned SoCon All-Tournament accolades after helping the Phoenix capture the league's automatic bid to NCAA Regional play.  Davis was also a Second Team selection to the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-American team earlier this year.




Simpson, Sizemore Tabbed Preseason All-Americans

Charleston, S.C. -- College of Charleston senior pitcher Jesse Simpson and senior second baseman Brandon Sizemore were named Louisville Slugger preseason third-team All-Americans, Collegiate Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Sizemore, who was named a first team all-Southern Conference in 2008, hit .325 with 20 homers and 80 RBI last season, while picking up 24 doubles and 11 stolen bases.

Sizemore, from Jacksonville, Fla., ranked 7th nationally in RBI and 21st in home runs. Sizemore hit .418 vs. lefties and .299 vs. right-handers. He hit .380 with runners on base, .636 with the bases loaded, .410 leading off an inning, .404 with runners in scoring position, .378 with two outs and was second on the team with 32 two-out RBI. Sizemore hit .371 with 13 homers and 51 RBI over 27 Southern Conference games.

Simpson, a senior from Baton Rouge, La., helped the Cougars to a 39-20 record last season. Simpson posted a 9-3 record with six saves and a 3.88 ERA. Simpson, who began 2008 as the team's closer, recorded a pair of complete games over 23 appearances, including seven starts. He worked 72 innings and allowed 71 hits, 43 runs and 31 earned runs. Simpson walked 28 and struck out 83 while holding opposing hitters to a .254 batting average.

The Cougars open the 2009 season on Friday, Feb. 20 when they host Miami (Ohio) in the opener of a three-game series at 5:00 at Patriots Point Stadium.




Eagle Baseball Receives Votes in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Griffin Benedict and A.J. Wirnsberger named Preseason All-America


STATESBORO, Ga. - Collegiate Baseball newspaper released its 2009 preseason 'Top 40' poll and Georgia Southern University was mentioned in receiving votes. Senior catcher Griffin Benedict (Dunwoody/St. Pius) and junior third baseman A.J. Wirnsberger (Tuscaloosa, AL/Paul Bryant) were both named to the Louisville Slugger Third Team Preseason All-America.


The Eagles return 18 letterwinners from last year's 33-25 squad.


The Eagles will also face several opponents this year also listed in the poll, including: No. 12 Georgia Tech (four games) and No. 31 East Carolina (Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational). Auburn, South Carolina, Kennesaw State (two games), Elon (Southern Conference) and Winthrop (two games) also received votes.


Benedict, who earlier this month was also named Third Team Preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, earned Second Team All-SoCon honors last year and is regarded as one of the best all-around catchers in the country. The senior was also one of 19 in Georgia Southern history to record 60 runs scored/60 RBI in a season (60/65) and ranked 61st nationally in RBI per game (1.14). He batted .355 with 17 doubles, 12 home runs and walked more times (27) than he struck out (20) in 217 at-bats, all while posting a .978 fielding percentage.

He led the Eagles and finished fifth in the SoCon picking off six runners. In fact, Benedict had more pickoffs by himself than three SoCon teams had total. Benedict accounted for two of the Eagles' NCAA record 14 home runs hit during game two of the Columbia series last year, a 26-8 victory. He also recorded two home runs against Boston College and hit his first career grand slam during the Wofford series.


Wirnsberger was one of 19 Eagles all-time to record 60 runs scored/RBI in a season finishing with 63 runs and 74 RBI. Last year he set a Georgia Southern and Southern Conference record hitting three grand slams in a season and is currently tied for second in the SoCon for career grand slams. He finished with a .325 batting average, 15 doubles, three triples, 6-of-7 in stolen bases, 12 hit by pitches and a .925 fielding percentage at third base.


Like Benedict, Wirnsberger also helped the Eagles set a NCAA record accounting for one of the 14 home runs hit during game two of the Columbia series. One of three Eagles to start all 58 games last year, Wirnsberger ranked 90th nationally in runs scored, 13th in home runs (21), 22nd in RBI per game and 71st in slugging percentage (.668) while finishing in a tie for 10th among the GS season home run leaders.


Georgia Southern opens the 2009 season on Friday, February 20th in a three-game series against Presbyterian. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 800-GSU-WINS.




RHP Stephen Strasburg, San Diego St. (8-3, 1.57 ERA, 133 K, 16 BB in 97 1/3 IP).

RHP Alex White, North Carolina (13-3, 2.83 ERA, 113 K, 42 BB in 101 2/3 IP).

LHP Chris Hernandez, Miami (Fla.) (11-0, 2.72 ERA, 117 K, 18 BB in 112 2/3 IP).

RHP Mike Leake, Arizona St. (11-3, 3.49 ERA, 104 K, 20 BB in 121 1/3 IP).

RHP Tim Clubb, Missouri St. (11-0, 2.52 ERA, 82 K, 32 BB in 103 2/3 IP).

LHP Shane Davis, Canisius (12-1, 2.42 ERA, 10 CG, 47 K, 24 BB in 89 1/3 IP).

Relief Scott Bittle, Mississippi (7-1, 1.78 ERA, 8 SV, 130 K, 30 BB, 70 2/3 IP).

C Josh Phegley, Indiana (.438, 15 HR, 20 2B, 80 RBI).

1B Dustin Ackley, North Carolina (.417, 7 HR, 21 2B, 51 RBI, 19 SB).

2B Bryce Mendonca, Pepperdine (.332, 13 2B, 24 RBI, 32 SB, great defense).

3B Chris Dominguez, Louisville (.365, 21 HR, 13 2B, 75 RBI, 11 SB).

3B Tommy Mendonca, Fresno St. (great defense, .285, 19 HR, 70 RBI).

SS Grant Green, Southern California (great defense, .380, 8 HR, 15 2B, 42 RBI).

OF Blake Dean, Louisiana St. (.353, 20 HR, 18 2B, 73 RBI).

OF Jason Kipnis, Arizona St. (.371, 14 HR, 16 2B, 73 RBI, 24 SB).

OF Scott Krieger, George Mason (.381, 21 HR, 16 2B, 60 RBI).

UT Cory Harrilchak, Elon (.410, 11 HR, 12 2B, 46 RBI, 24 SB, 7-3 as pitcher, 5.13 ERA).



LHP Mike Minor, Vanderbilt

LHP Justin Marks, Louisville

RHP Chris Fetter, Michigan

LHP Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma St.

RHP Ben Tootle, Jacksonville St.

RHP Thain Simon, Santa Clara

RHP Matt Ridings, Western Kentucky

RHP Kyle Gibson, Missouri

Relief Eric Pettis, U.C. Irvine

Relief Louis Coleman, Louisiana St.

C Micah Gibbs, Louisiana St.

C Michael Thomas, Southern

1B Rich Poythress, Georgia

1B Rob Lyerly, N.C. Charlotte

2B Ryan Schimpf, Louisiana St.

3B Mike Spina, Cincinnati

SS Ryan Jackson, Miami (Fla.)

OF A.J. Pollock, Notre Dame

OF Ryan Lockwood, South Florida

OF Chad Cregar, Western Kentucky

OF Nate Lape, Marshall

UT Blake Smith, California



RHP Chance Ruffin, Texas

LHP Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma St.

RHP Seth Maness, East Carolina

RHP Jerry Sullivan, Oral Roberts

RHP Adam Warren, North Carolina

RHP Sam Dyson, South Carolina

LHP Danny Bibona, U.C. Irvine

RHP Jesse Simpson, College of Charleston

Relief A.J. Griffin, San Diego

Relief Jason Stoffel, Arizona

Relief Zach Calhoon, Texas-San Antonio

Relief Nick Gaudi, Pepperdine

Relief Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon St.

Relief Chase Dempsay, Houston

C Tommy Medica, Santa Clara

C Myckie Lugbauer, Maine

C Griffin Benedict, Georgia Southern

1B Ben Carlson, Missouri St.

1B Alan Ahmady, Fresno St.

1B David Anderson, Coastal Carolina

1B Greg Rohan, Kent St.

1B Jeremy Cruz, Stetson

1B Justin Bour, George Mason

2B Brandon Sizemore, College of Charleston

3B Bennett Davis, Elon

3B Kyle Seager, North Carolina

3B Stuart Tapley, Florida St.

3B A.J. Wirnsberger, Georgia Southern

SS Ben Soignier, Louisiana-Monroe

SS D.J. LeMahieu, Louisiana St.

OF Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina

OF Josh Fellhauer, Cal. St. Fullerton

OF Michael Rockett, Texas-San Antonio

OF Kyle Jensen, St. Mary’s

OF Chris Edmondson, Le Moyne



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