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Six PBC Baseball Players Named All-Americans

Six Peach Belt Conference baseball players were named to the Rawlings/ABCA All-America teams. Columbus State’s Korey Noles received an additional honor as he was named the Rawlings/ABCA Pitcher of the Year. Noles and his teammate Rodney Rutherford were both placed on the first team as were North Georgia’s Rob Flanigan and USC Aiken’s Chad Jacobsen. UNC Pembroke’s Jason Morales was named to the second team and Augusta State’s Shannon Wilkerson to the third team.

In addition to the ABCA All-America team, Noles was named the national Pitcher of the Year on the Daktronics All-America team as voted by Sports Information Directors. USCA’s Jacobsen was named the national Player of the Year. Noles, Jacobsen and Rutherford were all named first team All-America by Daktronics while Morales and AASU’s Josh Wilson received honorable mention. Noles, Jacobsen and Rutherford were also named first-team All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Noles completed a sparkling senior season with a 13-0 record, tying for tops in the nation in victories in the Division II ranks. He posted a 1.73 earned run average and 129 strikeouts, finishing tied for third nationally in that category. His 13 wins tied the CSU school mark for wins held by Tim Trawick (1995) and Rodney Stevenson (1996) and his streak of 13 consecutive wins in a season set a new standard for all pitchers and for left-handers in the program's history. The 13 straight wins were a part of 18 consecutive wins dating back to the 2007 season. He capped his career with a 12-strikeout performance in earning a win against Belmont Abbey in the South Atlantic Regional.

In addition to his spot as a First Team All-American and Pitcher of the Year, Noles was also named a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for his defensive efforts on the mound. He joins former teammates David Brown and Kurt McKee from the 2007 team as Gold Glove winners. The program was implemented at the collegiate level by the ABCA and Rawlings in 2007.
Rutherford finished an outstanding two-year career at CSU by setting school records for home runs in a season (26), runs batted in (89), extra base hits (39), and total bases (182). His 26 homers led the nation in Division II and tied him for the NCAA lead in all divisions. He posted a .373 batting average and a .755 slugging percentage, leading the nation in home runs per game. His home run total tied the single-season record for the Peach Belt Conference.

Jacobsen turned in a phenomenal, record-setting senior campaign at USC Aiken. The 6-1 native of Littleton, Colo. shattered nine single season school records in addition to becoming the program’s all-time leader in career slugging percentage (.710). With 108 hits in 2008, he not only broke Farr’s school mark of 100, but set a new Peach Belt Conference record as well. He led the PBC in eight offensive categories and finished second in three more. Hitting .439 with 21 doubles, two triples, and 22 home runs, Jacobsen drove in 80 RBI and scored 81 runs, slugging .809 and posting a .545 on-base percentage with 57 walks. He ranks in the top three of Division II in five statistical categories and is in the top 10 of four more. Twice an All-Conference and All-Region selection, Jacobsen was a two-time PBC Player of the Week honoree in 2008 and became the program’s third PBC Player of the Year. He was also selected as the Region Player of the Year by Daktronics and the NCBWA.

Flanigan led a squad that made history in their first season eligible for postseason play since the institution entered the NCAA three seasons ago. Not only did the team finish the regular season winning 19 of their last 22 games, but they captured North Georgia's first PBC Tournament Championship for any sport, running through the bracket with four straight wins to claim the title and receive and automatic bid to the NCAA South Atlantic Regional. Flanigan finished just two points off the school record in batting average, but stands alone at the top of North Georgia's all-time single season home run record with 20, eclipsing the previous record of 19 with a pair of solo shots off Columbus State to launch the Saints into the Championship game of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. He had a .735 slugging percentage and scored 73 runs while flashing the leather at first base with a .987 fielding percentage.

Morales gives the Braves their first baseball all-American since sending Johnny Dial to NAIA all-American laurels in 1984. He was the only athlete to play in and start all 56 games for UNCP this season and led the team in nine offensive statistical categories, including establishing new school records in at-bats (230), hits (85), home runs (15), runs batted in (78) and total bases (150). Morales twice strung together 11-game hitting streaks and tallied his third, fourth and fifth career multi-home run games in 2008, including registering a trio of 3-run homers against St. Andrews in February. A .354 hitter over the last four seasons in Pembroke, Morales is UNCP’s career record holder in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, intentional walks, slugging percentage, runs scored and total bases. He compiled 92 multiple-hit and 57 multiple-RBI games during his career in the Black & Gold as well.

Wilkerson ranked among the Peach Belt Conference’s top 10 in nine offensive categories and paced ASU in batting average (.380), slugging percentage (.718), hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (16), RBI (57) and stolen bases (14). He matched current assistant coach Chris Cooper for the most homers in a single season (16 in 2002) by a Jaguar since Tarry Stokes hit 25 round-trippers in 1994. He was also named the Peach Belt Conference Player-of-the-Week on Monday, March 31. He had at least one hit in 46 of 57 games and had a season-high five hits vs. Georgia Southwestern on March 30. He also notched a season-high 10-game hitting streak between March 1 and March 16.


Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association
2008 NCAA Division II All-America Teams


First Team
Name, School, Year

Chad Jacobsen, USC Aiken, Senior
Chas Anthony, Erskine, Sophomore
Rodney Rutherford, Columbus State, Senior
Randall Clay, SE Oklahoma State, Senior
Rob Flanigan, North Georgia, Junior
David Thomas, Catawba, Senior
Gabe MacDougal, Lynn, Junior
Mike Elkerson, Abilene Christian, Senior
Chris Weimer, Nebraska-Omaha, Senior
Keith Hernandez, Emporia State, Senior
Tyler Carroll, Central Oklahoma, Senior
Nick Schumacher, Wayne State(NE), Senior
Korey Noles, Columbus State, Senior
Matt Means, Sonoma State, Senior
Anthony Bass, Wayne State(MI), Junior
Anthony Perez, Tampa, Sophomore

Second Team
POS. Name, School, Year

1B Bryan Cook, Nova Southeastern, Senior
2B Maikol Gonzalez, Tusculum, Senior
3B Greyson Schram, Concord, Sophomore
SS Jason Morales, UNC Pembroke, Senior
INF Scott Savastano, Franklin Pierce, Junior
OF Jerry Sands, Catawba, Junior
OF John Long, Southern Arkansas, Senior
OF Eric Shortell, Emporia State, Senior
OF Jake Palmer, Metro State, Junior
C Konrad Thieme, Sonoma State, Senior
DH Matt Miller, Mesa State, Junior
SP Steve Smith, Ouachita Baptist, Senior
SP Jim Fuller, So. Connecticut St., Sophomore
SP Brett Hontz, Carson-Newman, Senior
SP Marquis Fleming, CSU Stanislaus, Senior
RP Chris Matlock, Central Missouri, Junior

Third Team
POS. Name, School, Year

1B Ian Bridges, Sonoma State, Junior
1B Ben Minard, Ashland, Sophomore
2B Clay Sartain, Delta State, Junior
3B Rob Dahlberg, West Alabama, Junior
SS Mike Provenchar, Mesa State, Junior
INF Adam Kampsen, Northern State, Senior
INF Dirk Webb, Shepherd, Senior
OF Karl Derbacher, So. Connecticut St., Junior
OF Chris Pacheco, Incarnate Word, Junior
OF Shannon Wilkerson, Augusta State, Sophomore
OF Reed Welker, Saginaw Valley, Senior
C Rickey Noland, Delta State, Senior
C Jason Sherrer, Mount Olive, Senior
DH Adam McSwain, Limestone, Senior
SP Brandon Dill, West Alabama, Senior
SP Matt Wright, Shippensburg, Junior
SP Casey Hodges, Mount Olive, Senior
SP Mike Adams, Franklin Pierce, Junior
RP Keith Noe, UC San Diego, Senior

Rawlings/ABCA Position Player of the Year: Keith Hernandez, Emporia State, Senior
Rawlings/ABCA Player of the Year: Keith Hernandez, Emporia State, Senior
Rawlings/ABCA Pitcher of the Year: Korey Noles, Columbus State, Senior


2008 DAKTRONICS DIVISION II BASEBALL ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Player of the Year: Chad Jacobson, Sr., 1B, South Carolina-Aiken
Pitcher of the Year: Korey Noles, Sr., LHP, Columbus State

FIRST TEAM
C—Keith Hernandez, Emporia State
1B—Chad Jacobson, South Carolina-Aiken
2B—Maikol Gonzalez, Tusculum
3B—Rodney Rutherford, Columbus State
SS—Jamie Nilsen, Central Washington
OF—Mike Elkerson, Abilene Christian
OF—John Long, Southern Arkansas
OF—David Thomas, Catawba
DH—Trey Watten, Abilene Christian
UT—Dustin Koca, Nebraska-Omaha
SP—Korey Noles, Columbus State
SP—Mike Adams, Franklin Pierce
SP—Brett Hontz, Carson-Newman
SP—Marquies Fleming, Cal State Stanislas
RP—Anthony Perez, Tampa

SECOND TEAM

C—Jason Scherrer, Mount Olive
1B—Ben Minard, Ashland
2B—Clay Sartain, Delta State
3B—Rob Dahlberg, West Alabama
SS—Randall Clay, Southeastern Oklahoma
OF—Eric Shortell, Emporia State
OF—Brian Majors, Emporia State
OF—Gabe MacDougall, Lynn
DH—Dan Kozloski, Regis
UT—Christian Rosa, Tusculum
SP—Mark Carey, Central Missouri
SP—Clint Straka, Central Oklahoma
SP—Jim Fuller, Southern Connecticut State
SP—Matt Wright, Shippensburg
RP—Justin Lamb, Valdosta State

THIRD TEAM
C—Reece Gorman, Metro State
1B—Bryan Cook, Nova Southeastern
2B—Patrick Brady, Bellermine
3B—Greyson Schram, Concord
SS—Evan Porter, Nebraska-Omaha
OF—Tyler Carroll, Central Oklahoma
OF—Jerry Sands, Catawba
OF—Karl Derbacher, Southern Connecticut State
DH—Nathan Coggins, Albany State
UT—Matt Adams, Slippery Rock
SP—Bobby Hernandez, Barry
SP—Blaine Cravens, St. Joseph’s
SP—Nick Schumacher, Wayne State (Neb.)
SP—Chris Kessinger, Nebraska-Omaha
RP—Tyler Bishop, Franklin Pierce

HONORABLE MENTION
Chas Anthony (2B, Erskine); Derek Bowen (2B, West Virginia Wesleyan); Ian Bridges (UT, Sonoma State); Clay Calfee (1B, Angel State); Brandon Dill (SP, West Alabama); Daniel Ford (3B, Lenoir-Rhyne); Mike Hallum (DH, Central Missouri); Kyle Hogue (3B, Mesa State); Derek Ingui (DH, Franklin Pieerce); Adam Kaminski (UT, Wayne State-Mich.); Bobby Kay (SP, CW Post); Chris Matlock (Central Missouri); Matt Means (SP, Sonoma State); Miguel Moctezuma (C, Central Oklahoma); Jason Morales (SS, UNC-Pembroke); Keith Noe (RP, UC San Diego); Jake Palmer (OF, Metro State); Ryan Schlecht (SP, Mount Olive); Nick Shaw (SS, Barry); Steve Smith (SP, (Ouachita Baptist); Chris Weimer (OF, Nebraska-Omaha); Josh Wilson (UT, Armstrong Atlantic)



2008 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BASEBALL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION
DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN TEAM


PITCHER OF THE YEAR – Mike Adams, Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Keith Hernandez, Emporia State (Kan.)

FIRST TEAM (5 SP due to ties in balloting)

Starting Pitcher – +++Mike Adams, Jr., Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
Starting Pitcher – Jim Fuller, So., Southern Connecticut State
Starting Pitcher – Brett Hontz, Sr., Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
Starting Pitcher – Korey Noles, Sr., Columbus State (Ga.)
Starting Pitcher – Ryan Schlecht, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.)
Relief Pitcher – Justin Lamb, Sr., Valdosta State (Ga.)
Relief Pitcher – Anthony Perez, So., Tampa (Fla.)
Catcher – Keith Hernandez, Sr., Emporia State (Kan.)
First Base – +++Chad Jacobsen, Sr., South Carolina Aiken
Second Base – +Maikol Gonzalez, Sr., Tusculum (Tenn.)
Third Base – Rodney Rutherford, Sr., Columbus State (Ga.)
Shortstop – Jamie Nilsen, Sr., Central Washington
Outfield – Matt Cotellese, Jr., West Chester (Pa.)
Outfield – Mike Elkerson, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
Outfield – David Thomas, Sr., Catawba (N.C.)
Designated Hitter/Utility Player – Dustin Walls, Sr., Incarnate Word
(Texas)

SECOND TEAM (3 SP, 4 OF due to ties in balloting)

Starting Pitcher – Marquis Fleming, Sr., Cal State Stanislaus
Starting Pitcher – Matt Means, Sr., Sonoma State (Calif.)
Starting Pitcher – Steve Smith, Sr., Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
Relief Pitcher – +++Tyler Bishop, Sr., Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
Relief Pitcher – Chris Matlock, Jr., Central Missouri
Catcher – Jason Sherrer, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.)
First Base – Ben Minard, So., Ashland (Ohio)
Second Base – Chas Anthony, So., Erskine (S.C.)
Third Base – Greyson Schram, So., Concord (W.Va.)
Shortstop – Randall Clay, Sr., Southeastern Oklahoma State
Outfield – Karl Derbacher, Jr., Southern Connecticut State
Outfield – John Long, Sr., Southern Arkansas
Outfield – Eric Shortell, Sr., Emporia State (Kan.)
Outfield – ++Chris Weimer, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha
Designated Hitter/Utility Player – +++ Matt Adams, So., Slippery Rock
(Pa.)

THIRD TEAM (2 3B due to ties in balloting)
Starting Pitcher – Anthony Bass, Jr., Wayne State (Mich.)
Starting Pitcher – Nick Schumacher, Sr., Wayne State (Neb.)
Starting Pitcher – Clint Straka, Jr., Central Oklahoma
Starting Pitcher – ++Matt Wright, Jr., Shippensburg (Pa.)
Relief Pitcher – Eric Carmichael, So., West Chester (Pa.)
Relief Pitcher – Shaun Larsen, Jr., Southern Indiana
Catcher – Reece Gorman, Sr., Metro State (Colo.)
First Base – Ian Bridges, Jr., Sonoma State (Calif.)
Second Base – Derek Bowen, Jr., West Virginia Wesleyan
Third Base (tie) – Rob Dahlberg, Jr., West Alabama
Third Base (tie) – Gene Howard, Sr., Rollins (Fla.)
Shortstop – Mike Diaz, Jr., Southern Connecticut State
Outfield – Bryan Majors, Sr., Emporia State (Kan.)
Outfield – Chris Pacheco, Jr., Incarnate Word (Texas)
Outfield – Jerry Sands, Jr., Catawba (N.C.)
Designated Hitter/Utility Player – Scott Savastano, Jr., Franklin Pierce
(N.H.)


HONORABLE MENTION
Starting Pitcher – Tyler Applehans, Jr., Emporia State (Kan.); Andre Benjamin, Jr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Jason Bowman, Jr., West Chester (Pa.); Mark Carey, Jr., Central Missouri; Blaine Cravens, Sr., Saint Joseph's (Ind.); Bobby Hernandez, Jr., Barry (Fla.); Chris Kessinger, Jr., Nebraska-Omaha; #Eric Loh, Sr., Bryant (R.I.); Matt McCarty, Jr., Shepherd (W.Va.); Boo Morrow, Jr., Tusculum (Tenn.); Peden Rucker, Sr., South Carolina Aiken; Scott Shimek, Jr., Saint Mary's (Texas). Relief Pitcher – Zach Farry, Sr., Francis Marion (S.C.); Keith Noe, Sr., UC San Diego. Catcher – Rickey Noland, Sr., Delta State (Miss.); Seth Paul, Sr., Indianapolis (Ind.). First Base – Clay Calfee, Jr., Angelo State (Texas); Bryan Cook, Sr., Nova Southeastern (Fla.); Dusty Washburn, Jr., Fort Hays State (Kan.). Second Base – Mike Baillargeon, Jr., Assumptison., Bellarmine (Ky.); Kyle Resser, Sr., Saint Cloud State (Minn.); #Clay Sartain, Jr., Delta State (Miss.). Third Base – Adam Carolan, Sr., Missouri Western State; Kyle Hogue, Sr., Mesa State (Colo.); Jacob Petkac, So., Ashland (Ohio). Shortstop – Ryan Giblin, Sr., Mansfield (Pa.); Jason Morales, Sr., North Carolina Pembroke; Evan Porter, Jr., Nebraska-Omaha; Matt Reimer, Sr., Saint Joseph's (Ind.); Chauncey Ward, Sr., Albany State (Ga.). Outfield – Craig Brisson, So., North Georgia; Bo Darby, Fr., West Virginia State; Bryan Frew, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha; Justin Garber, Sr., Shippensburg (Pa.); Derek Hinke, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Hunter Jobes, Sr., Delta State (Miss.); Jake Palmer, Sr., Metro State (Colo.); #Kevin Renaud, Sr., Franklin Pierce (N.H.); Alex Vertcnik, Jr., Mount Olive (N.C.); Reed Welker, Sr., Saginaw Valley State (Mich.); Shannon Wilkerson, So., Augusta State (Ga.); Josh Wilson, So., Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.). Designated Hitter/Utility Player – Nathan Coggins, So., Albany State (Ga.); Dustin Koca, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha; Matt Miller, Sr., Mesa State
(Colo.); #Drew Pare, Sr., West Chester (Pa.); Casey Robrahn, Jr., Grand Valley State (Mich.).

+ First team NCBWA Division II All-American in 2007 …
++ Second team NCBWA Division II All-American in 2007 …
+++ Third team NCBWA Division II All-American in 2007 …
# Honorable mention NCBWA Division II All-American in 2007