Alabama Baseball Players Honored

Alabama second baseman Ross Wilson was named first-team preseason All-America, it was announced Monday by Ping Baseball. Senior Crimson Tide third baseman Jake Smith was a third-team All-America selection by Ping.

Ross Wilson earned 2009 First-Team All-Southeastern Conference honors and was named to the 2008 Freshman All-SEC squad in his first two seasons with the Tide.

Jake Smith was a 2009 First-Team All-SEC selection as well as a two-time SEC All-Defensive Team member during his UA career.

"We are certainly pleased with the recognition Ross and Jake have gotten in the preseason," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Both have had tremendous careers at Alabama and are deserving of this honor. They are both leaders on and off the field and we are very pleased for what they have been able to accomplish and are excited about their future."

An outstanding athlete, with speed and power, Wilson has compiled a .321 (152-for-473) career batting average with 24 home runs and 94 RBI in his 117-game career at Alabama. He is a two-time All-SEC performer after hitting .305 (71-for-215) with 12 home runs and 47 RBI in his 47-game SEC career.

Wilson returns for his third season as the Crimson Tide's starting second baseman, where he teams with junior shortstop Josh Rutledge to form one of the best middle infields in college baseball. As a sophomore, he hit .353 (76-for-215) with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 55 games. He was third on the team with 12 multi-RBI games and fourth with 22 multi-hit games. In SEC play, he batted .343 (37-for-108) with five home runs and 27 RBI en route to being named first-team All-SEC.

A two-way threat, Smith had a solid junior season at the plate and on the mound for the Crimson Tide. He hit a team-best .359 (70-for-195) with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in 49 games as a junior. In SEC play, he hit .333 (38-for-114) with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 29 SEC games en route to first-team All-SEC honors. He was twice named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for his play at third base. He made only five errors in 116 chances at third base last year and committed 10 errors in 181 chances in 2008.

Overall, he has played 151 career games and made 148 starts during his three-year career and compiled a .284 (155-for-546) batting average with 32 home runs and 117 RBI. He has also posted a .279 (78-for-280) batting average with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 80 career SEC games.

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