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Three Sun Devils named All-Americans by the NCBWA

June 11, 2009

Three Arizona State University baseball players were named to the 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America All-American Team, it was announced today. Junior right-handed pitcher Mike Leake and junior outfielder Jason Kipnis were selected to the First Team, while junior catcher Carlos Ramirez was named to the Third Team.

Leake earned All-American honors from the NCBWA for the second consecutive season, after he was a Third Team selection in 2008. He is 16-1 with a 1.36 ERA and 150 strikeouts on the season, earning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year. Leake, who was also named Academic All-American of the Year and a First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, has 40 career wins at ASU, tying him with College Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Bane for the third most in school history.

Kipnis leads the team with a .385 batting average, 85 hits, 48 walks and 26 stolen bases, and he ranks second with 16 home runs and 71 RBI. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and, like Leake, he was also named a First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Ramirez, who has started every game at catcher for the Sun Devils this season, is hitting .349 and he leads the team with 18 home runs and 72 RBI.