A-Sun Quartet Earns Preseason All-American Honors

Monday, December 21, 2009

MACON, Ga. - FGCU’s Chris Sale picked up Louisville Slugger Preseason Second Team All-American honors, and his teammate Zach Maxfield earned third-team honors, while ETSU’s Paul Hoilman and Bo Reeder also received third-team honors.

Collegiate Baseball also named its top 40 teams for 2010 on Monday in addition to the 2010 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American’s. Defending regular-season champion FGCU ranked 38th in the preseason poll with reigning conference champion Jacksonville, receiving votes as did Kennesaw State and Stetson.

Sale enters the 2010 season with a 9-4 career record with three saves and a 2.94 ERA in 35 appearances. The Eagles’ junior lefthander posted a 2.72 ERA a season ago ranking him second in the Atlantic Sun. Sale ranked 26th in the nation in ERA and 26th in strikeouts in 2009. Sale earned Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year honors over the summer and Baseball American named Sale the top prospet in the Cape Cod League. He also earned First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors in 2009. The Lakeland, Fla. native also picked up A-Sun player of the week on Mar. 30 after a 12 strikeout performance against Belmont

Maxfield posted a .383 batting average ranking seventh in the Atlantic Sun and his slugging percentage of .738 placed second in the conference and 32nd in the nation. The junior also belted 20 home runs to place in the top 25 both in home runs and in home runs per game. 

Hoilman pounded out a .380 batting average a season ago and slugged 17 home runs. The junior enters the season tied with Kennesaw State’s Jace Whitmer as the active leader in the Atlantic Sun in home runs with 26. Hoilman finished 2009 tying for second in the conference a season ago in RBI (66).

Reeder knocked in 53 runs a season ago while picking up 39 extra base hits. In his freshman campaign, Reeder also posted a .339 batting-average and a .661 slugging percentage. The Cookeville, Tenn. native also made 17 appearances on the mound for ETSU holding a record of 4-4 with one save striking out 26.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.