More All-American Honors For Bearkat Baseball

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HUNTSVILLE - The awards continue to roll in for a pair of Sam Houston State baseball players. A week after being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American team, Luke Prihoda and Bobby Verbick have been recognized once again.

The American Baseball Coaches Association announced its All-America first, second and third teams this week and both Bearkats found their way on to the list. Prihoda, who led the nation in saves, was named to the second team as a relief pitcher and Verbick was a third team outfielder.

“That is just unbelievable,” SHSU head coach Mark Johnson said. “It is great a recognition for these guys. They have just done so well and it shines so brightly on Sam Houston State as well.”

Both Verbick and Prihoda were first-team selections on the NCBWA ballot.

Prihoda led NCAA Division I baseball in saves with 18 this year, setting both Southland Conference and Sam Houston State season records. He compiled a 1.61 earned run average and a 7-3 won-loss record, striking out 65 batters while walking only 11 in 72 and two-thirds innings. He was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year as well and the MVP of the SLC tournament. The NCBWA also awarded Prihoda with the prestigious Stopper of the Year award given to the nation’s top relief pitcher.

Verbick produced a .370 batting average, playing in all 64 games. He led the team with 23 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs, and 81 runs batted in. Verbick had 30 multiple hit games and led the Bearkats with 21 multiple RBI contests. He also drove in the game-winning run in the 11th inning of the Bearkats’ 12-11 victory over Southern Miss to vault SHSU into the regional final in Oxford, Miss.

The Bearkats finished off one of the most successful baseball seasons since moving up to the Division I level. They won 40 games for the first time since 1987 and advanced to the finals of the Oxford Regional in this year’s NCAA Tournament before losing to host school Ole Miss.

“(The selection committee) does such a good job putting that team together,” Johnson said. “It certainly helps that we got to a regional final, because it makes it much easier to vote on those guys. So many times really good players get overlooked because they aren’t seen, so it is great for us to be able to get both of those guys a much deserved recognition.”

Prihoda and Verbick became the second and third SHSU baseball players to earn All-America recognition at the Division I level. In 1999, Kelly Eddlemon was a first-team selection after hitting a school-record 26 homeruns.

The ABCA All-America Teams are collegiate baseball's oldest selections, dating to 1949. All Division I coaches have the opportunity to nominate and vote on these selections, which are initially compiled into eight All-Region teams. These teams are then finalized as the first, second and third All-America teams by the ABCA's NCAA Division I All-America and Coach of the Year Committee, chaired by Pat McMahon. This year, the committee selected 59 players as 2007 ABCA All-Americans.

The ABCA named David Price from Vanderbilt University as the 2007 ABCA/Rawlings Division I Player of the Year. A junior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., for head coach Tim Corbin's Commodores, the consensus All-American left-hander led the SEC in five different pitching categories and was dominant in almost every start for his '07 squad. He led Vanderbilt to a school-record-season victories' total at 54-13 overall.

2007 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-America Teams

First Team
RHP - Bryan Henry, Sr., Florida State (14-2, 2.60 ERA, 117 K, 117.2 IP)
RHP - Adam Mills, Sr., Charlotte (14-2, 1.01 ERA, 141 K, 142.2 IP)
LHP - David Price, Jr., Vanderbilt (11-1, 2.63 ERA, 194 K, 133.1 IP)
RHP - Jacob Thompson, So., Virginia (11-0, 1.50 ERA, 101 K, 114 IP)
Relief RHP - Casey Weathers, Sr., Vanderbilt (12-2, 7 saves, 2.37 ERA, 75 K, 49.1 IP)
C - Ed Easley, Jr., Mississippi State (.363, 12 HR, 63 RBI, 85 H, 58 R, 15 2B)
1B - Matt LaPorta, Sr., Florida (.402, 20 HR, 52 RBI, 68 H, 60 R, 10 2B, 55 BB)
2B - Tony Thomas, Jr., Florida State (.430, 11 HR, 50 RBI, 111 H, 91 R, 33 2B, 6 3B, 31 SB)
SS - Todd Frazier, Jr., Rutgers (.377, 22 HR, 65 RBI, 93 H, 87 R, 24 2B, 2 3B, 25 SB, 62 BB)
3B - Brandon Waring, Jr., Wofford (.401, 27 HR, 74 RBI, 89 H, 73 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 12 SB)
DH - Kiel Roling, So., Arizona State (.373, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 69 H, 56 R, 10 2B)
OF - Dominic de la Osa, Jr., Vanderbilt (.378, 20 HR, 62 RBI, 94 H, 65 R, 23 2B, 2 3B, 20 3B)
OF - Kyle Russell, So., Texas (.336, 28 HR, 71 RBI, 75 H, 68 R, 11 2B, 5 3B, 10 SB)
OF - Robbie Widlansky, Jr., Florida Atlantic (.433, 15 HR, 69 RBI, 104 H, 61 R, 24 2B, 9 SB)
UTL - Joe Savery, Jr. Rice (10-1, 2.78 ERA, 57 K, 87.1 IP; .360, 5 HR, 57 RBI, 93 H, 55 R, 18 2B)

Second Team
RHP - Adrian Alaniz, Jr., Texas (12-3, 2.59 ERA, 91 K, 104.1 IP)
RHP - Ryan Berry, Fr., Rice (11-2, 2.71 ERA, 119 K, 116.1 IP)
RHP - Preston Guilmet, So., Arizona (12-2, 1.87 ERA, 146 K, 135 IP)
LHP - Nick Schmidt, Jr., Arkansas (11-3, 2.69 ERA, 111 K, 124 IP)
RHP - Anthony Shawler, So., Old Dominion (11-2, 2.20 ERA, 130 K, 114.2 IP)
Relief RHP - Andrew Carnigan, Jr., North Carolina (2-1, 15 saves, 1.36 ERA, 60 K, 53 IP)
Relief RHP - Luke Prihoda, Sr., Sam Houston State (7-3, 18 saves, 1.61 ERA, 65 K, 72.2 IP)
C - Jonathan Lucroy, Jr., UL-Lafayette (.360, 18 HR, 68 RBI, 95 H, 56 R, 19 2B, 3 3B)
1B - Steven Hill, Sr., Stephen F. Austin (.385, 24 HR, 73 RBI, 85 H, 71 R, 16 2B, 4 3B, 10 SB)
1B - Brett Wallace, So., Arizona State (.423, 16 HR, 78 RBI, 107 H, 75 R, 17 2B, 5 3B, 12 SB)
2B - Tyler Mach, Sr., Oklahoma State (.391, 16 HR, 81 RBI, 100 H, 60 R, 24 2B)
2B - Eric Sogard, Jr., Arizona State (.394, 11 HR, 58 RBI, 93 H, 74 R, 12 2B, 4 3B, 18 SB)
SS - Ryan Flaherty, So., Vanderbilt (.381, 4 HR, 57 RBI, 104 H, 59 R, 23 2B, 3 3B, 12 SB)
SS - Ross Oeder, Sr., Wright State (.408, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 93 H, 79 R, 23 2B, 4 3B, 25 SB)
3B - Pedro Alvarez, So., Vanderbilt (.386, 18 HR, 68 RBI, 105 H, 76 R, 21 2B, 3 3B, 6 SB)
DH - Scott Hawkins, So., UL-Lafayette (.344, 16 HR, 49 RBI, 72 H, 54 R, 11 2B, 2 3B, 6 SB)
OF - Corey Brown, Jr., Oklahoma State (.335, 22 HR, 71 RBI, 75 H, 82 R, 15 2B, 5 3B, 23 SB)
OF - Grant Desme, Jr., Cal Poly (.405, 15 HR, 53 RBI, 79 H, 54 R, 17 2B, 12 SB)
OF - Clark Hardman, Jr., Cal State Fullerton (.391, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 102 H, 52 R, 14 2B, 4 3B, 9 SB)
OF - Kellen Kulbacki, Jr., James Madison (.398, 19 HR, 49 RBI, 76 H, 56 R, 15 2B, 9 SB)
OF - Clint Robinson, Sr., Troy (.364, 17 HR, 71 RBI, 87 H, 62 R, 18 2B)
UTL - Zack Putnam, So., Michigan (.330, 8 HR, 59 RBI, 14 2B; 8-5, 3.87 ERA, 87 K, 102.1 IP)

Third Team
RHP - Chance Chapman, Sr., Oral Roberts (8-1, 1.34 ERA, 127 K, 94 IP)
LHP - Cory Luebke, Jr., Ohio State (9-1, 2.07 ERA, 98 K, 117.2 IP)
LHP - Brian Matusz, So., San Diego (10-3, 2.85 ERA, 163 K, 123 IP)
RHP - Kyle Nicholson, Sr., Texas A&M (11-3, 2.25 ERA, 99 K, 124 IP)
RHP - James Simmons, Jr., UC Riverside (11-3, 2.40 ERA, 116 K, 123.2 IP)
Relief RHP - Luke Pisker, Jr., VCU (9-2, 11 saves, 1.87 ERA, 54 K, 62.2 IP)
Relief RHP - Ryan Woods, Sr., LeMoyne (7-2, 14 saves, 1.34 ERA, 41 K, 60.1 IP)
C - Lars Davis, Jr., Illinois (.400, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 90 H, 55 R, 10 2B, 3 3B, 8 SB)
C - Buster Posey, So., Florida State (.382, 3 HR, 65 RBI, 94 H, 66 R, 21 2B, 2 3B, 4 SB)
1B - Dustin Ackley, Fr., North Carolina (.416, 7 HR, 66 RBI, 111 H, 64 R, 19 2B, 3 3B, 11 SB)
1B - Brian Pelligrini, Sr., St. Bonaventure (.391, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 68 H, 57 R, 24 2B, 5 SB)
2B - Johnny Giavotella, So., New Orleans (.385, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 95 H, 65 R, 19 2B, 4 3B, 17 SB)
SS - Mark Hallberg, Jr., Florida State (.360, 3 HR, 56 RBI, 90 H, 68 R, 14 2B, 3 3B, 11 SB)
SS - Andy Parrino, Jr., LeMoyne (.402, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 80 H, 46 R, 17 2B, 2 3B, 5 SB)
3B - Greg Sexton, Sr., William & Mary (.455, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 95 H, 52 R, 18 2B, 3 3B, 8 SB)
3B - Bradley Suttle, So., Texas (.359, 12 HR, 68 RBI, 84 H, 49 R, 17 2B, 2 3B, 2 SB)
DH - Phil Disher, Jr., South Carolina (.328, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 77 H, 40 R, 16 2B, 1 3B)
OF - Tim Binkowski, Sr., Quinnipiac (.424, 3 HR, 39 RBI, 81 H, 41 R, 19 2B, 2 3B, 10 SB)
OF - Scott Krieger, So., George Mason (.365, 20 HR, 68 RBI, 80 H, 59 R, 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 SB)
OF - Brian Rike, Jr., Louisiana Tech (.346, 20 HR, 66 RBI, 75 H, 74 R, 14 2B, 2 3B, 16 SB)
OF - Tyler Stovall, Jr., Central Michigan (.391, 6 HR, 59 RBI, 88 H, 58 R, 15 2B, 3 3B, 20 SB)
OF - Bobby Verbick, Jr., Sam Houston State (.370, 14 HR, 81 RBI, 94 H, 53 R, 23 2B, 5 3B, 10 SB)

2007 Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Winners
P - Tyson Ross, So., California
C - Tyler Weber, Jr., Wichita State
1B - Darin Ruf, So., Creighton
2B - Mike Bionde, Sr., Rutgers
SS - Sergio Miranda, Jr., VCU
3B - Dan Biedenharn, Sr., Wright State
OF - Tommy Lentz, Sr., Winthrop
OF - Matt Stiffler, Jr., Ohio
OF - Jonathan Wyatt, Sr., Georgia