Six Sun Devils earn preseason All-America honors from NCBWA
TEMPE, Ariz. - Six Arizona State University baseball student-athletes were named to the NCBWA All-America Team, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced today. Three Sun Devils were named to the First Team, while two earned Second Team honors and one on the Third Team.
2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year and consensus First Team All-American Brett Wallace headlines the Sun Devils on the First Team. Wallace (Sonoma, Calif.) won the Pac-10's Triple Crown last season, batting .404 with 16 home runs and 78 RBI. The junior collected 107 hits for the 2007 Pac-10 Champs, helping lead ASU to the College World Series for the 20th time in school history.
Joining Wallace on the First Team is junior catcher Petey Paramore and senior LHP Josh Satow. Paramore (Allen, Texas) earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors last year thanks to his .379 average and his Pac-10 leading 53 walks. Paramore was also a First Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection. Satow (Scottsdale, Ariz.) returns for his senior season after tying for the Pac-10 lead with 13 wins last year. He finished 13-3 with a 2.76 ERA and 119 strike outs. He threw one shutout and three complete games to lead the Sun Devil pitching staff. He was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection as well as a Second Team All-American.
Kiel Roling was named to the Second Team as a designated hitter, thanks to a dominating debut season in Tempe. Roling (Grand Junction, Colo.) clubbed 15 homers as a sophomore in 2007, driving in 63 runs while batting .356. He earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors and picked up First Team All-American honors from the ABCA as well as Second Team All-American honors from the NCBWA. Mike Leake joined Roling on the Second Team. Leake (Fallbrook, Calif.) had one of the most dominating freshman seasons in school history, tying teammate Josh Satow for the Pac-10 lead with 13 wins. He finished the year 13-2, striking out a school freshman record 94 batters in 127 innings. He hurled two complete games and also recorded a save. He was named First Team All-Pac-10, a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a First Team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com.
Ike Davis (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was named to the Third Team, thanks to a sophomore season that saw him hit .349 with eight homers and 61 RBI. Davis also pitched, going 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA. He earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight year and was named a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.