Baseball Notes-Scott Honored, Thomley Weighs Offer

University of Alabama senior left fielder Gabe Scott has been named to the 2004 National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association All-American team in an announcement made by the NCBWA Board of Directors on Wednesday morning.

The Lake Charles, La., native was a Second-Team NCBWA All-American pick as an outfielder.

Scott played in 56 games this season and led the Crimson Tide with a .364 (67-for-184) batting average with 12 home runs and 35 RBI. He led the team in total hits, slugging percentage (.630) and on-base percentage (.494) and ranked second in doubles (13), home runs and walks (35).

Scott also paced the Tide with 19 multiple hit games. He had a 27-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-April 23 and reached base in 41 straight games from Feb. 25-May 14.

He was a First Team All-SEC selection by the SEC Coaches and Scott was also honored this season as SEC Player of the Week (April 11) after he went 7-for-12 with three home runs and eight RBI in a series win at No. 9 Ole Miss.

Off the field, he was a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-American selection. He graduated with honors from The University of Alabama on May 7 with a degree in Finance. He was also named the Culverhouse Business School's Most Outstanding Finance Student in 2005.

Scott was not drafted in Major League Baseball's amateur draft last week, is receiving offers to sign as a free agent.

Tide outfielder Morrow Thomley said Wednesday that he is pondering an offer to join the Chicago Cubs as a free agent as a pitcher. Thomley, a senior in 2005, was Alabama second-leading hitter among every day players with a .305 average.

Junior right-hander Trey Shields, who was taken in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics, is expected to forgo his senior season and sign with the A's.

Shields appeared in seven games and made three starts for the Crimson Tide this season. He was 1-1 with 5.50 ERA, which included a start on the mound in the NCAA Regional championship game against No. 1 ranked Tulane.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that Spencer Pennington, who was drafted in the 32nd round by the Milwaukee Brewers, will return for his senior season at Alabama.

Brent Carter, Alabama's all-time strikeout leader and a senior in 2005, was a 16th-round draft pick by the San Diego Padres. and will sign with the San Diego Padres.

Carter was expected to fly to Peoria and sign with the Padres organization this week before beginning his career in Eugene, Oregon.

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