Brown & Stonard named All-Americans

OMAHA, Neb. -- University of Alabama senior catcher Jeremy Brown and sophomore second baseman Peter Stonard were both named to the 2002 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America team on Friday, in an announcement made here at the College World Series. Brown and Stonard were both Second-Team ABCA All-America selections.

Stonard batted .411 (97-for-236) with five home runs and 42 RBI this season. He added 59 runs, 22 doubles and 18 stolen bases. Stonard also compiled a .610 slugging percentage for the Crimson Tide.

Stonard's .411 batting average is a single-season Alabama record for a sophomore. The previous record was .395 by David Magadan in 1982. Stonard is just the fifth player in school history to hit .400 or better in a single-season. His .411 batting average is the second-highest ever at Alabama.

The UA second baseman closed the year with a 12-game hitting streak, where he batted .426 (23-for-54) with nine runs, five doubles and 10 RBI. Stonard hit safely in 24 of his final 25 games and 29 of his last 31 games, dating back to April 12.

Brown, a native of Hueytown, Ala., appeared in 66 games for Alabama this season and compiled a .320 (70-for-219) with 11 home runs and 64 RBI. He also set the UA single season record with 69 walks, surpassing the previous total of 66 walks held by Bret Elbin in 1983.

Brown made only one error for Alabama in is final 119 games at the Capstone. He set the UA single-season record with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 2001 and made only one error this year, compiling a .998 fielding clip. He also was second in the SEC with seven pickoffs and ranked among the league leaders by throwing out 43 percent of his attempted base stealers.

A first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics, Brown concluded his UA career as the all-time leader for games played (251), games started (251), runs scored (244), walks (207) and putouts (1,660). He is the only player in SEC history with 300 career hits (307) and 200 career walks (207).

The complete listing of All-America honors of the Crimson Tide is as follows:

  • Jeremy Brown 2nd Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2nd Team American Baseball Coaches Association
  • Lance Cormier 1st Team Academic All-America (Verizon/CoSIDA) 3rd Team Collegiate Baseball
  • Beau Hearod 3rd Team Academic All-America (Verizon/CoSIDA)
  • Taylor Tankersley 1st Team Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball 3rd Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

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