More honors for Hearod

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama senior right fielder Beau Hearod was named to the 2003 All-American team on Monday.

Hearod, second team CBI All-American selection in the outfield, is one of only four Southeastern Conference players named to the two-team sqaud, joining South Carolina pitcher David Marchbanks (first-team), LSU shortstop Aaron Hill (second-team) and Auburn pitcher Steven Register (second-team).

Rice sophomore right-hander Jeff Niemann was named the national player of the year by

Niemann, who improved to 17-0 with a win over Southwest Missouri State in the opening round of the College World Series, edged out Southern second baseman Rickie Weeks and New Mexico State first baseman Billy Becher in the two-year old Web site's first All-American team, which was decided before the start of the College World Series.

Niemann has posted a 1.67 ERA and struck out 152 batters in 129.1 innings for the Owls.

In 62 games this season, Hearod batted .346 (80-for-231) with an SEC-leading 20 home runs and 82 RBI for the Crimson Tide. In addition, the Jennings, La., native added 64 runs, 18 doubles, four triples and eight stolen bases.

He led the Crimson Tide in runs scored (64), triples (4), home runs (20), RBI (82) and slugging percentage (.719).

The 82 RBI tied Andy Phillips (1999) and Doug Duke (1986) for the third-highest total in school history. In addition, Hearod is one of only five UA players with 80 or more RBI in a single season.

His home run total makes him just the 12th player in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season and the first since Aaron Clark hit 20 home runs in 2001.

In addition to his honor by College, Hearod was named to the 2003 National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) First-Team All-American squad and was a second-team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region selection.

Off the field, Hearod has won numerous academic honors for the Crimson Tide. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll secretion, Hearod is also a two-time national winner. The senior was named to the 2003 Verizion/CoSIDA Academic All-American team for the second straight year. He was a second-team selection after compiling a 3.62 GPA in Finance this season. He was a third-team selection following his junior season.

In addition, Hearod won Verizion/CoSIDA District IV honors in both 2002 and 2003.

Hearod was drafted in the 10th round by the Houston Astros in last week's Major League Baseball draft and will for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League beginning Tuesday, June 17.

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