Four Tide athletes make All-South

OMAHA, Neb. -- The University of Alabama led the 2002 American Baseball Coaches Association first-team All-South Region with four selections the ABCA All-America committee announced today at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Crimson Tide's first-team selections included pitcher Lance Cormier, catcher Jeremy Brown, second baseman Peter Stonard and outfielder Scott McClanahan.

Of the 13 players named to the ABCA All-South Region squad, 11 were from Southeastern Conference schools. South Carolina, the SEC's lone representative here in Omaha, had three first team picks.

Cormier posted an 11-3 record and 3.28 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Crimson Tide. In addition, he set the single-season record with 129 innings pitched, surpassing the old mark of 122.2 innings held by Heath Henderson (1997). Cormier is just the 16th pitcher in school history to win 10 or more games as his 11 wins this year are tied for third on the single-season list.

Cormier concluded his UA career as the school's all-time leader for appearances (87), wins (31), innings pitched (384.2) and strikeouts (289). He was a fourth-round draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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).

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.

McClanahan was the only UA player to start every game at the same position this season. He concluded the year with a .297 (80-for-269) with a team-high 14 home runs and 62 RBI. McClanahan set the Alabama career record with 22 outfield assists. He had eight this season and also added eight assists during the 2000 season. He was an 11th round draft pick following his senior season by the New York Yankees.

2002 ABCA All-South Region First Team

SP Alex Hart, Jr. (Florida)
SP Lane Mestepey, So. (LSU)
SP Nick Bourgeios, Jr. (Tulane)
SP Lance Cormier, Sr. (ALABAMA)
RP Blake Taylor, Sr., (South Carolina)
C Jeremy Brown, Sr. (ALABAMA)
1B Yaron Peters, Sr. (South Carolina)
2B Peter Stonard, So. (ALABAMA)
SS Drew Meyer, Sr. (South Carolina)
3B Pat Osborn, Jr. (Florida)
OF Chaz Lytle, Jr. (Georgia)
OF Bubba Lavender, Sr. (Morehead State)
OF Scott McClanahan, Sr. (ALABAMA)

2002 ABCA All-South Region Second Team

SP Shae Douglas, Jr. (Southern Miss)
SP Brad Purcell, Sr. (SE Missouri State)
SP Joseph Blanton, Jr. (Kentucky)
RP Joey Charron, So. (Tulane)
RP Doug Vincent, Jr. (Tennessee Tech)
C Chris Hamblin, Jr. (Cincinnati)
1B James Jurries, Sr. (Tulane)
2B Jake Allen, Jr. (Tennessee Tech)
SS Mark Kiger, Sr. (Florida)
3B Kevin Matuszek, Jr. (Morehead State)
OF Jeff Cook, Jr. (Southern Miss)
OF Mark Jurich, So. (Louisville)
OF Justin Sims, Jr. (Middle Tennessee State)

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