Baseball Players Keep Reeling in the Awards

Two Gator baseball players- Pat Osborn and Alex Hart- were named to the Baseball America college baseball All America teams the magazine announced Wednesday. Osborn was selected as the Second Team third baseman while Hart was a Third Team starting pitcher.

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Junior third baseman Pat Osborn (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the SEC and Florida with a .414 batting average (104-251) and finished the 2002 campaign with 17 home runs and 76 RBI. He tied UF school record for hits in a season (104), home runs- game (3 vs. Ole Miss, 3/15), total bases-game (3 vs. Ole Miss, 3/15) and hits- game (5 vs. Winthrop, 2/17). A Third Team All America selection by Collegiate Baseball, First Team All South Region, First Team All-SEC pick, NCAA Regional and SEC All Tournament team selections, Osborn was picked in the second round (No. 72) of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

Junior Alex Hart (Marion, Pa.) had a breakout year as he finished with a 13-3 record and 3.24 earned run average. He also limited opponents to a .199 batting average and walked just 4.54 batters per nine innings (56 in 111.0 IP). The All-SEC First Team and All South Region First Team selection led the Gators with 111.0 innings pitched, struck out 81 batters and allowed just 81 hits on the year. Throughout the season, Hart was listed on everyone's national player of the year "Watch Lists." He was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the No. 133rd overall pick. Hart has been listed as a consensus All America selection.

Senior shortstop Mark Kiger, who was listed on Baseball America's College Player of the Year "Watch List," was not selected for All America honors.



• Baseball America All America

Second Team: Pat Osborn

Third Team: Alex Hart

• National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All America

Second Team: Alex Hart, Mark Kiger

• Baseball Weekly All America

Second Team: Alex Hart, Mark Kiger

• Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger All America

Third Team: Alex Hart, Pat Osborn

• Brian Rose, Johnny Bench Award semifinalist (nation's top catcher, one of top-10)

• Pat McMahon, USA Baseball Coach of the Year


• All South Region

First Team: Alex Hart, RHP; Pat Osborn, 3B; Second Team: Mark Kiger, SS

• NCAA Regional All Tournament Team

Ryan Shealy, Mark Kiger, Keith Ramsey, Aaron Sobieraj, Pat Osborn


• SEC All Tournament Team

Ben Harrison, Pat Osborn, Ryan Shealy

• All-SEC (coaches)

First Team: Alex Hart, Pat Osborn

Second Team: Ryan Shealy, Mark Kiger, Aaron Davidson, Aaron Sobieraj

• Alex Hart/Mark Kiger, Baseball America National Player of the Year "Watch List"

• Pat Osborn/Alex Hart, Baseball America "Top Surprises"

• Alex Hart, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (week of Feb. 1, 2002)

• Keith Ramsey, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (week of April 30, 2002)

• Ryan Shealy, SEC Player of the Week (for week of May 13)

• Alex Hart, SEC Player of the Week (week of May 6, 2002)

• Keith Ramsey, SEC Pitcher of the Week (week of March 25, 2002)

• Ryan Shealy, SEC Player of the Week (week of March 11, 2002)

• Pat Osborn, SEC Player of the Week (week of Feb. 11, 2002)

• Mark Kiger, SEC Player of the Week (week of April 15, 2002)

• Ryan Shealy, UF's nominee for SEC Good Works Team

• All-SEC Academic

Jay Belflower, Jeff Cardozo, Kevin Coleman, Alex Hart, David Klebonis, Tom Potter, Ryan Shealy, Matt Siegel, K.O. Wiegandt

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