Patterson collects another award

DALLAS -- LSU outfielder Ryan Patterson earned a first-team All-America designation Tuesday as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its 15th annual 2005 All-America Division I baseball team.

Patterson is the 16th LSU player in the past 18 seasons to earn first-team all-America recognition.

Patterson, a senior from Rowlett, Texas, was also named a first-team all-American last month by USA Today/Sports Weekly. He batted .369 (92-for-249) on the year with 23 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 74 runs and 56 RBI in leading LSU to the Southeastern Conference Western Division title.

Patterson hit .353 (284-for-805) during his three-season LSU career with 66 doubles, five triples, 50 homers, 203 runs and 174 RBI. He is among the top 10 in several LSU career categories, including doubles (No. 2), home runs (No. 5), hits (No. 5), total bases (No. 5), RBI (No. 9) and runs (No. 9).

Patterson, a three-time all-SEC performer, was selected last week in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 2005 NCBWA All-America squad is also headlined by the four finalists for the Xanthus Dick Howser Trophy, which will be presented live on CSTV Friday, June 17, at 10 a.m. (CDT) from Omaha.

Pitchers Lance Broadway (15-1, 1.62 ERA, Conference USA Pitcher of the Year) of TCU and Cesar Carrillo (13-3, 127 strikeouts) of Miami (Fla.) are two of the four Xanthus Howser Trophy finalists on the first unit along with Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon (.380-19 HR-64 RBI) and Florida State OF Shane Robinson (.427 average, nation-leading 122 hits).

Tennessee ace Luke Hochevar (15-2, 2.09 ERA) enters the NCAA World Series tied with TCU's Broadway for most strikeouts in Division I baseball with 151 on the first team while Southern California's Ian Kennedy brings a 11-2 overall record and 2.44 ERA into his first appearance in the CWS. Kennedy averages 12.6 strikeouts for every nine innings he has tossed with 134 whiffs in 103 IP pre-Omaha.

The top relief pitchers are just as impressive with NCAA saves' leader Steve Kleen (17, also a .350-hitting 1B-DH with eight homers and 58 RBI) of Pepperdine joining NCBWA Stopper of the Year awardee J. Brent Cox of Texas and Erik Morrison of Ball State with a total of 46 saves among that trio. The multi-talented crew salvaged critical wins through NCAA or conference tournament play.

Hitting for both average and power in most cases, the first team also boasts the nation's top batters, some outstanding base stealers and sound defensive student-athletes.

In addition to Gordon at third base, Georgia Tech SS Tyler Greene, Alcorn State 2B Corey Wimberley (42 stolen bases in 44 games) and World Series-bound 1B Matt LaPorta (24 HR) of Florida highlight the all-star infield, with Southern Miss C Brad Willcutt (16 homers, 82 RBI) behind the plate. Utility athlete Mike Costanzo of Coastal Carolina blasted 16 home runs with 67 RBI while going 8-1 with 14 saves as a pitcher.

The NCBWA All-America outfield features Patterson and Ole Miss' Brian Pettway (.387-21 HR-66 RBI) as well as Pacific-10 Conference All-America Jacoby Ellsbury (a .410-plus batsman throughout the 2005 season).

The second unit has five starting pitchers with a combined 57 wins, three relief standouts with 36 total saves, two relievers with earned run averages under 0.50 (Long Beach State's Neil Jamison at 0.00 in 29 2/3 innings and Southern Miss' Daniel Best at 0.46), and
pitchers-utility athletes with a combined 19-4 mound mark.

National home run (gross total with Clemson's Kris Harvey at 25 each) co-leader Adam Tucker of Birmingham-Southern at first base and outfielders Nolan Reimold (20 homers) of Bowling Green and Daniel Carte (19 HR, 74 RBI) of Winthrop lead a star-studded second team.

Sluggers Harvey (25 homers) pf Clemson, 1B Adam Carr (22 HR) of Oklahoma State and 3B Brandon Taylor (20 HR) of Brigham Young headline the representative third team. Relief ace Scott Reese (12-0) of Creighton and Big 12 Freshman Pitcher of the Year Johnny Dorn (12-1) of Nebraska are third team hurlers with some of the nation's top credentials.

2005 NCBWA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Pos.

First Team

School

Ht.

Wt

Cl.

Hometown

1B

Matt LaPorta

Florida

6-1

210

So.

Port Charlotte, Fla.

2B

Corey Wimberley

Alcorn State

5-8

185

So.

Jacksonville, Fla.

3B

Alex Gordon

Nebraska

6-1

215

Jr.

Lincoln, Neb.

SS

Tyler Greene

Georgia Tech

6-2

190

Jr.

Plantation, Fla.

C

Brad Willcutt

Southern Miss

6-1

210

Sr.

Columbus, Miss.

OF

Shane Robinson

Florida State

5-9

165

So.

Tampa, Fla.

OF

Ryan Patterson

LSU

5-11

200

Sr.

Rowlett, Texas

OF

Brian Pettway

Ole Miss

6-1

202

Jr.

Vicksburg, Miss.

OF

Jacoby Ellsbury

Oregon State

6-1

190

Jr.

Madras, Ore.

UT

Mike Costanzo

Coastal Carolina

6-3

210

Jr.

Springfield, Pa.

SP

Lance Broadway

TCU

6-4

195

Jr.

Grand Prairie, Texas

SP

Cesar Carrillo

Miami (Fla.)

6-3

177

Jr.

Chicago, Ill.

SP

Luke Hochevar

Tennessee

6-5

205

Jr.

Fowler, Colo.

SP

Mike Pelfrey

Wichita State

6-7

215

Jr.

Wichita, Kan.

SP

Ian Kennedy

USC

6-0

195

So.

Huntington Beach, Cal.

RP

J. Brent Cox

Texas

6-4

206

Jr.

Bay City, Texas

RP

Steve Kleen

Pepperdine

6-4

205

Sr.

Menifee, Calif.

RP

Erik Morrison

Ball State

6-2

205

Sr.

Hanover, Ind.

Second Team: 1B Adam Tucker, Birmingham-Southern, Jr.; 2B Chris Campbell, College Of Charleston, So.; 3B Ryan Braun, Miami (Fla.), Jr.; SS Seth Johnston, Texas, Sr.; C Caleb Moore, East Tennessee State, Sr.; OF Gabe Scott, Alabama, Jr.; OF Trevor Crowe, Arizona, Jr.; OF Travis Buck, Arizona State, Jr.; OF Nolan Reimold, Bowling Green, Jr.; OF Daniel Carte, Winthrop, Jr.; DH/ATH Stephen Head, Ole Miss, Jr.; DH/ATH Brian Bogusevic, Tulane, Jr.; SP Ricky Romero, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.; SP Cesar Ramos, Long Beach State, Jr.; SP Kevin Slowey, Winthrop, Jr.; SP Dallas Buck, Oregon State, So.; SP Nick Hill, Army, So.; RP Daniel Best, Southern Miss, Jr.; RP Neil Jamison, Long Beach State, Sr. RP Craig Hansen, St. John's, Jr.
 
Third Team: 1B Jordan Brown, Arizona, Jr.; 1B Adam Carr, Oklahoma State, Jr.; 2B Scott Sizemore, VCU, So.; 2B Jed Lowrie, Stanford, Jr.; 3B Brandon Taylor, BYU, Jr.; 3B Ryan Zimmerman, Virginia, Jr.; SS Cameron Blair, Texas Tech, Sr.; SS Mitch Hilligoss, Purdue, So.; C Jeff Clement, USC, Jr.; OF Matt Kutler. Brown, Sr.; OF Jeff Corsaletti, Florida, Sr.; OF Sergio Pedroza, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.; OF James Boone, Missouri, Jr.; OF Eli Iorg, Tennessee, Jr.; DH/ATH Kris Harvey, Clemson, Jr.; DH/ATH Joe Savery, Rice, Fr.; SP Mike Wlodarczyk, Boston College, Sr.; SP Matt Green, Louisiana-Monroe, Jr.; SP Max Scherzer, Missouri, So.; SP Johnny Dorn, Nebraska, Fr.; SP Brent Adcock, Troy, Sr.; RP Scott Reese, Creighton, So.; RP Tyler Chambliss, Florida State, So.; RP Blake Owen, Belmont, Jr.


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