Oklahoma City leads the way with three members
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three members from Oklahoma City University highlight the 2009 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team, announced November 7. The three members are the most of any NAIA school on the list. 2008 National Champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) places one player, catcher and World Series Most Valuable Player Brian Ward, on the squad.
Of the 17 players on the team, 15 stand-outs will enter the 2009 season as a senior. There are six players that were recognized on the 2008 NAIA All-America First Team. Only one player, senior Jesse Bachman from Spring Arbor (Mich.), was on the 2008 NAIA Preseason All-America Team. The 6-0 pitcher is a two-time First-Team All-American and went 8-2 with a 2.43 ERA last season leading the Cougars to the NAIA World Series.
The Preseason All-America team is chosen by the NAIA All-America Selection Committee.
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2009 NAIA Preseason All-America Baseball Team (Nov. 7) – Sorted by Position
|Josh Collazo*||Oklahoma Baptist||1B||Sr.||6-1|
|Hawkins Gebbers^||Biola (Calif.)||2B||Sr.||6-2|
|Blake Kelley||Rogers State (Okla.)||SS||Sr.||6-0|
|Brent Weaver*||Oklahoma City||3B||Sr.||6-1|
|Thomas Englehardt^||Fisher (Mass.)||UT||Sr.||—|
|Julian Alvarez^||Lee (Tenn.)||OF||Sr.||6-3|
|Kevin Leslie^||Faulkner (Ky.)||OF||Sr.||5-11|
|Garrett Regan&||Oklahoma City||OF||Jr.||6-4|
|Dan Higgins*||St. Francis (Ill.)||OF||Sr.||6-2|
|Tyler Diamond*||The Masters (Calif.)||C||Sr.||6-2|
|Brian Ward^||Lewis-Clark (Idaho)||C||Sr.||5-11|
|David Colopy*||Ohio Dominican||P||Sr.||5-11|
|Jesse Bachman&||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||P||Sr.||6-0|
|David Odquist&||Oklahoma City||P||Sr.||6-6|
|Brent Ebinger&||Lambuth (Tenn.)||P||Jr.||5-10|
|Pablo Lopez*||Lee (Tenn.)||RP||Sr.||5-11|
|Tony Isbell&||Dickinson State (N.D.)||DH||Sr.||—|
* 2008 All-America First Team
^ 2008 All-America Second Team
& 2008 All-America Honorable Mention