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June 02, 2008

Larsen named All-American by NCBWA

Shaun
Larsen

EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana baseball junior right-hander Shaun Larsen (Tell City, Indiana) was named third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association as a relief pitcher. He becomes the 13th USI baseball player and the fifth pitcher to earn All-America honors.

A first team American Baseball Coaches Association and second team Daktronics All-Region player, Larsen had a record-breaking first season with the Eagles. He set the USI single-season and career records for saves with 17, 10 coming in conference competition. The junior right-hander, who was a first team All-GLVC relief pitcher, also finished the year 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA.

Larsen is the first USI hurler to be recognized nationally since Rob Bowers was named third team All-American by the ABCA in 1999. Bowers recorded eight saves that season to set the USI single-season record that Larsen broke this spring.

The Screaming Eagles finished the season with a 36-20 overall record and the GLVC West Division championship with a 24-7 mark. The GLVC regular season title was USI's first since the 1993 season.

The 36 victories are tied for third all-time at USI for wins in a regular season. The Eagles had a team-best 38 regular season wins during 1992 and 1993, while reaching 36 victories during last year's regular schedule.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BASEBALL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION
2008 DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN TEAM


PITCHER OF THE YEAR Mike Adams, Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Keith Hernandez, Emporia State (Kan.)

FIRST TEAM (5 SP due to ties in balloting)
Starting Pitcher +++Mike Adams, Jr., Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
Starting Pitcher Jim Fuller, So., Southern Connecticut State
Starting Pitcher Brett Hontz, Sr., Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
Starting Pitcher Korey Noles, Sr., Columbus State (Ga.)
Starting Pitcher Ryan Schlecht, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.)
Relief Pitcher Justin Lamb, Sr., Valdosta State (Ga.)
Relief Pitcher Anthony Perez, So., Tampa (Fla.)
Catcher Keith Hernandez, Sr., Emporia State (Kan.)
First Base +++Chad Jacobsen, Sr., South Carolina Aiken
Second Base +Maikol Gonzalez, Sr., Tusculum (Tenn.)
Third Base Rodney Rutherford, Sr., Columbus State (Ga.)
Shortstop Jamie Nilsen, Sr., Central Washington
Outfield Matt Cotellese, Jr., West Chester (Pa.)
Outfield Mike Elkerson, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
Outfield David Thomas, Sr., Catawba (N.C.)
Designated Hitter/Utility Player Dustin Walls, Sr., Incarnate Word (Texas)

SECOND TEAM (3 SP, 4 OF due to ties in balloting)
Starting Pitcher Marquis Fleming, Sr., Cal State Stanislaus
Starting Pitcher Matt Means, Sr., Sonoma State (Calif.)
Starting Pitcher Steve Smith, Sr., Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
Relief Pitcher +++Tyler Bishop, Sr., Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
Relief Pitcher Chris Matlock, Jr., Central Missouri
Catcher Jason Sherrer, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.)
First Base Ben Minard, So., Ashland (Ohio)
Second Base Chas Anthony, So., Erskine (S.C.)
Third Base Greyson Schram, So., Concord (W.Va.)
Shortstop Randall Clay, Sr., Southeastern Oklahoma<


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