Two Huskers Named NCBWA All-Americans

University of Nebraska baseball players Luke Gorsett and Tony Watson were honored Tuesday with selection to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America team..................

It was the first NCBWA selection for both Gorsett – a second-team selection – and Watson – a third-team honoree, as both players were instrumental in helping the Huskers go 42-18 on the year and earn the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Luke Gorsett, who was named the NCBWA District Player of the Year on Sunday, finished a strong 2006 campaign by hitting .348 with 15 homers and 48 RBI. The Denver, Colo., native ranked among the Big 12 leaders in homers (second), slugging percentage (second), total bases (133, eighth) and batting average (15th). A first-team All-Big 12 selection, Gorsett was a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award and was named an All-American from the College Baseball Foundation. Gorsett was selected in the seventh round of last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tony Watson earns his second All-American citation of the season. He was also a third-team honoree by Collegiate Baseball. The sophomore left-hander from Grimes, Iowa, compiled a 10-2 record and a 2.78 ERA in 17 appearances, ranked third in the Big 12 in ERA and wins, fourth in opponent batting average (.236) and seventh in innings pitched (100.1). A first-team All-Big 12 selection, he allowed one earned run or less in seven of his 15 starts and allowed more the four runs only once all season. Watson, who is 16-3 with a 2.79 ERA in two seasons at Nebraska, was picked in the 17th round of the MLB Draft last week by the Baltimore Orioles.

In all, three Huskers have earned postseason All-America recognition from the various collegiate publications this year. Shortstop Ryan Wehrle was also tabbed for third-team All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

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