2006 first team first baseman Andy D'Alessio (.312-23 HR-85 RBI) of Clemson joins fellow first unit member OF Kellen Kulbacki of James Madison (.464-24 HR-75 RBI), the nation's returning leader in home runs and batting average in Division I, and Cal State Fullerton World Series returnee Wes Roemer (13-2, 145 SO, 7 walks, 155 IP) as three of the sterling returnees.
NCAA World Series heroes 1B Chad Flack and SS Josh Horton of
North Carolina on the second team have their school poised to make
another run at the NCAA Championship, captured last June by Oregon State
for the first time. Fellow CWS competitors include first team starting
pitcher (after blazing in relief in '06) Cole St. Clair, P/1B Joe Savery
and SS Brian Friday of the Rice Owls on the '07 dream team rosters.
Team USA performers from summer 2006 also are in abundance with
Vanderbilt 3B Pedro Alvarez, utility star P-1B Sean Doolittle of
Virginia, Rice's St. Clair, and Texas Tech's Roger Kieschnick, to name
just a few, receiving recognition.
The starting pitching staff also has strong numbers worth noting
behind Roemer. TCU's Jake Arrieta (14-4), Arkansas' Nick Schmidt (9-3),
and Nebraska's Tony Watson (10-2) were aces of their staffs, while
relief men Joshua Fields (15 saves) of Georgia, Blair Erickson (14) of
UC Irvine and Milan Dinga of Army (10) combined for 39 saves and
microscopic ERAs in a total of 81 appearances out of the bullpen.
First team infielders and outfielders featured such feats as
Alvarez's 22 home runs as a freshman, seven triples and 36 stolen bases
by Alabama OF Emeel Salem, a 11-2 pitching mark to compliment a .324
batting average by Doolittle, and 17 home runs apiece by C Kevin
Coughlin of Kentucky and OF Steven Strasbaugh of Western Carolina.
The three units have representation from 18 different
conferences as teams anticipate the opening of 2007 baseball in late
January or early February. Preseason All-Americans give a sneak peek to
those who may be in contention for the prestigious 21st annual Dick
Howser Trophy, voted upon by NCBWA members and awarded annually in
Omaha, Neb., prior to the NCAA World Series.
Clemson closer Daniel Moskos made the second team after posting a 5-5 record to go along with 10 saves and a 2.52 ERA ERA in 53.2 innings pitched.
D'Alessio, Moskos Preseason All-American
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