Six Pac-12 baseball players named NCBWA preseason All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Six Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America Team, the NCBWA announced Wednesday. Four players landed on the first team, and two graced the second team. The Pac-12's four first team representatives are the most from any conference.
Outfielder Michael Conforto of Oregon State and pitchers Mark Appel of Stanford, Adam Plutko of UCLA and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon are first team selections, while Arizona State pitcher Trevor Williams and UCLA hurler David Berg garnered second team consideration.
Conforto, who is one of just three sophomores on the first team, led the league in home runs (13) and RBI (76) and batted .349 in 2012 en route to being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and earning second team All-America laurels from the NCBWA.
Appel, a first team All-Pac-12 performer in 2012, went 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 30 walks. He pitched at least seven innings in 14 of 16 starts and tossed five complete games, earning a first team All-America nod from the NCBWA in 2012.
Plutko, a two-time all-conference honoree, went 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 47 walks. He was a second team NCBWA All-American in 2012.
Sherfy, the Pac-12 leader in saves (19) in 2012, struck out 93 batters in 61.1 innings, earning a first team all-conference nod and second team All-America acclaim from the NCBWA.
Williams, a first team All-Pac-12 performer in 2012, posted a 12-2 record and finished the season with a conference-low 2.05 ERA among qualified starting pitchers. He struck out 59 batters and walked 13, earning second team All-America honors from the NCBWA.
Berg established a Pac-12 record for single-season appearances (50) and led the Conference with a 1.65 opponent batting average and a 1.46 ERA in 2012. He garnered first team Freshman All-America accolades from the NCBWA and was a first team All-Pac-12 selection.
To view a complete list of 2013 NCBWA All Americans, visit www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa/