Gaviglio, Rhoderick Recognized As Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans

Dec. 21, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - Oregon State sophomore right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio and junior right-handed pitcher Kevin Rhoderick were named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans on Monday.

Gaviglio, from Ashland, Ore., was named to the second team while Rhoderick, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., was selected to the third team.

For Gaviglio, it is his second preseason All-America honor in the past week. He was named an NCBWA Preseason All-America Second Team member after going 10-1 with a 2.73 earned run average as a freshman.

He ended the season on a seven-game win streak, including his last start of the 2009 campaign, coming in a victory over Texas A&M at the Fort Worth Regional. Gaviglio struck out 55 in 62 2/3 innings, and walked just nine. He scattered 45 hits in 18 appearances, six of which were starts, and opponents batted just .200 against him.

After his outstanding freshman campaign, Gaviglio was recognized by a number of organizations. He was named to the Freshman All-America First Team by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and Ping! Baseball. Gaviglio, a native of Ashland, Ore., was also selected to Baseball America's Freshman All-America Second Team.

For Rhoderick, the honor comes a year after he was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention team. He went 3-3 with a 4.18 ERA in 23 appearances last season. Rhoderick saved nine games as a sophomore, giving him 21 for his career, ranking him in the top three in school history.

The honor comes two years after Rhoderick was recognized by a number of organizations to postseason freshman All-American squads. He was named to Freshman All-America Teams by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and Ping! Baseball.

The preseason selections come on a busy day for the Beavers, who, earlier Monday, were ranked as the No. 10 team in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Beavers are one of four teams from the Pac-10 in the publication's top 40 and OSU is just 16 points behind No. 5 Arizona State and four points behind No. 9 Florida.

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