Four Pac-10 Baseball Players Named to NCBWA All-American Teams
June 16, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The 15th-Annual Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-American Team was announced today and four Pac-10 players, including ARIZONA STATE SO 2B Zack MacPhee made the first team, while teammates JR RHP Seth Blair and SO RHP Jordan Swagerty earned second team selections and UCLA SO RHP Gerrit Cole was a third team honoree.
MacPhee, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, led the Conference in three offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.490), runs scored (62) and triples (14). He ranked second in slugging percentage (.686), third in batting average (.381), RBI (59) and total bases (133) and seventh in hits (74). A 2010 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, MacPhee’s 14 triples set a new school record, previously held by 2010 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Alan Bannister who hit 13 triples in 1971.
Blair, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, led the Confernce with 11 wins, a mark that ranks third in the nation. He boasted a 3.20 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 90.0 innings of work. He marks in ERA and strikeouts ranked eighth in the Pac-10, respectively. In league play, the righty posted a 7-0 record with a 3.51 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 59.0 innings on the mound.
Swagerty earned second team honors after establishing a new ASU school record this season with 14 saves, besting the previous mark of 12. For the season, the sophomore was 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 35.0 innings pitched. In 33 appearances, Swagerty struck out 46 batters and surrendered only 10 walks.
Cole ranked near the top of multiple pitching categories in the Conference, including second in strikeouts (138), fourth in innings pitched (108.0), opponent batting average (.195) and wins (10) and seventh in ERA (3.25). Cole is apart of the Bruin pitching staff which is tops in the Conference in ERA (2.97), strikeouts (639) and opponent batting average (.218). The 639 strikeouts is a program and Pac-10 record.
ASU and UCLA are in the hunt for the 2010 National Championship, advancing to the NCAA Men’s College World Series this weekend. The Bruins open up on Saturday, June 19, when they play No. 3 Florida at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN HD. The Sun Devils begin their quest for their first title since 1981 when they play Clemson on Sunday, June 20, at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 HD. Both games of the double elimination tournament will be played at the legendary Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.