Baseball stars Stonard & Brown honored

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Tide catcher Jeremy Brown and current Alabama and infielder/outfielder Peter Stonard were named to the 2002 Easton Redline All-Defense team, announced in the most recent issue of Collegiate Baseball newspaper (Oct. 11, 2002).

Brown has also been named the 2002 Easton Sports Redline Defensive Division I Player of the Year, following his senior season with the Crimson Tide.

The award, sponsored by Easton Sports to spotlight the top defensive players in the nation, saw several remarkably efficient players nominated throughout the country.

"This was another superb group of defensive stars," said Jim Darby, senior vice president of the sponsoring Easton Sports Company. "We were especially impressed by the quality and improving defense of all of our winners who had some remarkable statistics."

Stonard was also recognized among the 10 best fielder's in Division I last season, posting a .976 fielding mark as the Tide's right fielder and second baseman.

The Clayton, Mo., native handled all 43 chances without an error in right field, before becoming the Crimson Tide' everyday second baseman in mid-April. He made only six errors in 33 games as the starting second baseman last year.

The Division I winner, Brown, made only one error for a sparkling .998 fielding mark as the Crimson Tide's starting catcher this past season. He had 413 putouts and 57 assists to go with his lone error.

Brown's .998 fielding mark is the third highest in school history. The Hueytown, Ala., native shares the single-season record with former catcher Dan Harris (1967) with a 1.000 fielding mark. Brown did not commit an error in 51 games during the 2001 season.

He was the sparkplug who led Alabama to a 51-15 record and also contributed offensively with a .310 average, 11 home runs and 64 RBI starting all 66 games.

In addition, Brown holds Alabama records for most career putouts (1,660), most consecutive games without an error in one season (51) and career (84), and most consecutive errorless chances in a season (444) and career (608).

He also finished his UA career with the second-highest fielding percentage in school history (.994), committing only 10 errors in 1,660 total chances as a first baseman (1999-2000) and catcher (2001-02).

Other Division I players named to the Easton Redline All-Defensive Team includes Michigan State outfielder Bob Malik (No errors, 88 Chances), TCU outfielder Terry Trofholz (.992 mark, 1 error), Notre Dame centerfield Steve Stanley (.993, 1 error), Bowling Green first baseman Kelly Hunt (.996, 2 errors), South Carolina shortstop Drew Meyer (.969), Clemson shortstop Khalil Greene (.967), Texas second baseman Tim Moss (.979) and Texas-San Antonio third baseman Mike Schramek (.962).


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