Monday, June 16, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama senior right fielder Beau Hearod was named to the 2003 CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-American team on Monday.
Hearod, second team CBI All-American selection in the outfield, is one of only four Southeastern Conference players named to the two-team squad, joining South Carolina pitcher David Marchbanks (first-team), LSU shortstop Aaron Hill (second-team) and Auburn pitcher Steven Register (second-team).
Rice sophomore right-hander Jeff Niemann was named the national player of the year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Niemann, who improved to 17-0 with a win over Southwest Missouri State in the opening round of the College World Series, edged out Southern second baseman Rickie Weeks and New Mexico State first baseman Billy Becher in the two-year old Web site's first All-American team, which was decided before the start of the College World Series.
Niemann has posted a 1.67 ERA and struck out 152 batters in 129.1 innings for the Owls.
In 62 games this season, Hearod batted .346 (80-for-231) with an SEC-leading 20 home runs and 82 RBI for the Crimson Tide. In addition, the Jennings, La., native added 64 runs, 18 doubles, four triples and eight stolen bases.
He led the Crimson Tide in runs scored (64), triples (4), home runs (20), RBI (82) and slugging percentage (.719).
The 82 RBI tied Andy Phillips (1999) and Doug Duke (1986) for the third-highest total in school history. In addition, Hearod is one of only five UA players with 80 or more RBI in a single season.
His home run total makes him just the 12th player in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season and the first since Aaron Clark hit 20 home runs in 2001.
In addition to his honor by College BaseballInsider.com, Hearod was named to the 2003 National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA) First-Team All-American squad and was a second-team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region selection.
Off the field, Hearod has won numerous academic honors for the Crimson Tide. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Hearod is also a two-time national winner. The senior was named to the 2003 Verizion/CoSIDA Academic All-American team for the second straight year. He was a second-team selection after compiling a 3.62 GPA in Finance this season. He was a third-team selection following his junior season.
In addition, Hearod won Verizion/CoSIDA District IV honors in both 2002 and 2003.
Hearod was drafted in the 10th round by the Houston Astros in last week’s Major League Baseball draft and will for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League beginning Tuesday, June 17.
2003 CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-American Teams
First base - Billy Becher, New Mexico State, junior
Second base - Rickie Weeks, Southern, junior
Shortstop - Dustin Pedroia, Arizona State, sophomore
Third base - Jamie D'Antona, Wake Forest, senior
Catcher - Ryan Garko, Stanford, senior
Outfield - Shane Costa, Cal State Fullerton, junior
Outfield - Michael Brown, William & Mary, senior
Outfield - Dustin Majewski, Texas, senior
Designated hitter - Michael Aubrey, Tulane, junior
Utility - Scott Beerer, Texas A&M, junior
Starting pitcher - Jeff Niemann, Rice, sophomore
Starting pitcher - Jered Weaver, Long Beach State, sophomore
Starting pitcher - Tom Mastny, Furman, junior
Starting pitcher - David Marchbanks, South Carolina, sophomore
Starting pitcher - Tim Stauffer, Richmond, junior
Starting pitcher - John Hudgins, Stanford, junior
Starting pitcher - Wade Townsend, Rice, sophomore
Relief pitcher - Huston Street, Texas, sophomore
Relief pitcher - Ryan Wagner, Houston, sophomore
First base - Matt Hopper, Nebraska, senior
Second base - Luke Appert, Minnesota, senior
Shortstop - Aaron Hill, LSU, junior
Third base - Ryan Roberts, Texas-Arlington, senior
Catcher - Mitch Maier, Toledo, junior
Outfield - David Murphy, Baylor, junior
Outfield - Jordan Foster, Lamar, junior
Outfield - Beau Hearod, Alabama, senior
Designated hitter - Jeff Larish, Arizona State, sophomore
Designated hitter - Lee Curtis, College of Charleston, senior
Utility - John Gragg, Bethune-Cookman, senior
Starting pitcher - Scott Lewis, Ohio State, sophomore
Starting pitcher - Vern Sterry, North Carolina State, junior
Starting pitcher - Aaron Marsden, Nebraska, senior
Starting pitcher - Abe Alvarez, Long Beach State, junior
Starting pitcher - Randy Beam, Florida Atlantic, junior
Starting pitcher - Tim Alvarez, Southeast Missouri State, senior
Relief pitcher - Steven Register, Auburn, junior
Relief pitcher - Joey Devine, North Carolina State, freshman
First base - Eddie Kim, James Madison; Chris Alexander, New Mexico; Kelly Hunt, Bowling Green; Mike Costello, Towson; Humberto Aguilar, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Second base - Marc Tugwell, Virginia Tech; Tim Moss, Texas; Steve Sollmann, Notre Dame
Shortstop - Ryan Braun, Miami; Stephen Drew, Florida State; Dusty Young, New Mexico State; Evan Estrada, Pepperdine
Third base - Brian Snyder, Stetson; Brian Buscher, South Carolina; Neil Sellers, Eastern Kentucky; Kevin Kouzmanoff, Nevada; Jesse Novalis, Lehigh
Catcher - Tony Richie, Florida State; David Castillo, Oral Roberts; Jeff Clement, Southern California; Landon Powell, South Carolina; Jeremy West, Arizona State; Tim D'Aquila, Central Connecticut State; Brett Hayes, Nevada
Outfield - Brad Snyder, Ball State; Carlos Quentin, Stanford; Clint King, Southern Miss; Jeff Cook, Southern Miss; Brian Cleveland, North Carolina; Adam Boeve, Northern Iowa; Jeff Van Houten, Arizona, Ryan Harvey, UC Riverside; Josh Phifer, Air Force; Chad Hauseman, Jacksonville; Ryan Mulhern, Mississippi State; Josh Anderson, Eastern Kentucky; Andre Ethier, Arizona State; Chuck Peters, Illinois-Chicago; Scott Dierks, Santa Clara
Utility - Stephen Head, Mississippi; Wes Whisler, UCLA; Micah Owings, Georgia Tech; Joe Koshansky, Virginia
Starting pitcher - Matt Lynch, Florida State; Trent Peterson, Florida State; Daniel Davidson, Florida State; Michael Rogers, North Carolina State; Brad Ziegler, Southwest Missouri State; Kyle Sleeth, Wake Forest; Chuck Bechtel, Marist; Chris Niesel, Notre Dame; J.D. Cockroft, Miami; Dewon Day, Southern; Thomas Pauly, Princeton; Jamie Merchant, Vermont; Zac Cline, West Virginia; R.J. Swindle, Charleston Southern; Jessie Corn, Jacksonville State; Mark Romanczuk, Stanford; Paul Maholm, Mississippi State
Relief pitcher - Daniel Hodges, Florida State; Matt Dalton, Virginia Tech; Cla Meredith, Virginia Commonwealth; J.P. Gagne, Notre Dame; Chad Cordero, Cal State Fullerton; David Aardsma, Rice; Matt Wilhite, Western Kentucky