Cal Has Three Preseason All-Americans and is Ranked 25th in Baseball America
Jan. 5, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. - The University of California baseball program has three players - junior outfielders Brennan Boesch and Chris Errecart, and junior right-hander Brandon Morrow - selected as Baseball America preseason All-Americans; and is ranked 25th in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 poll, it was announced Thursday by the national baseball publication.
Boesch, who earlier was named a first-team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America (NCBWA), is a second-team preseason All-American in Baseball America. Boesch earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2005 and is on the watch list for the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top collegiate player. Last season, he batted a team-leading .355 (fifth in the Pac-10) with 21 doubles (fifth in the Pac-10), two triples, seven home runs and 33 RBI for the Golden Bears. He also finished with a .567 slugging percentage (10th in the Pac-10) with 77 hits and 123 total bases. Boesch's 21 doubles were third on the Cal all-time single-season doubles list, and he hit .367 (22-for-60) with runners in scoring position.
Joining Boesch as a second-team preseason All-American, Errecart was a Cape Cod League All-Star this past summer, batting .303 with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 RBI for the Yamouth-Dennis Red Sox. He was named the fourth-best professional prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America. Last spring, Errecart hit .298 with 15 doubles, eight home runs (ninth in the Pac-10) and 35 RBI for the Bears. He also had 21 multiple-hit games and was the Feb. 15 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two home runs and six RBI at Loyola Marymount, including a game-winning three-run homer on Feb. 13.
Morrow, a hard-throwing right-hander, was named a third-team preseason All-American. He was a Cape Cod League All-Star this summer for Yarmouth-Dennis, striking out 24 batters in 14.7 innings with a 1.84 ERA and three saves. Morrow was selected the fifth-best professional prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America, throwing in the mid-90s with a slider, change-up and split finger fastball. He made 10 appearances with five starts last spring for Cal, recording 25 strikeouts in 25.0 innings.
The Bears are ranked 25th in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 poll after finishing the 2005 campaign 34-23 and 13-11 (fifth) in the Pac-10. Last season, Cal notched 13 wins against teams that advanced to an NCAA Regional; captured Pac-10 series versus highly-ranked Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona; and swept Long Beach State.