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Patriots named to pre-season Collegiate Baseball honors list

FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University baseball players have been named to Collegiate Baseball Magazine’s 2009 pre-season honor roll. Senior catcher Jared Barkdoll was named to the pre-season All-America squad, while senior right-handed pitcher David Walters was among those chosen as “Players to Watch” from the Southeast Region and junior shortstop and pitcher Barrett Kleinknecht was among those chosen as “Newcomers to Watch” from the Southeast Region.

Barkdoll, a native of Greencastle, Pa., was an All-Region and All-Peach Belt Conference pick last season while hitting .362 with seven home runs and 50 runs batted in. Walters, a native of River Hill, Md., posted a 9-4 record last year with a 4.66 earned run average. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 47th round of last year’s draft, but chose to return to school for his senior year. Kleinknecht is a hometown product from Florence and a graduate of West Florence High School. He transferred from Florence-Darlington Technical College.

The Patriots will host the annual South Atlantic Challenge this weekend with three games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. each day.

Collegiate Baseball DII Preseason All-Americans from the Southeast Region
Dan Ford – 3B – Sr. – Lenoir-Rhyne
Chas Anthony – 2B – Jr. – Erskine
Bryan Fogle – OF – Jr. – Erskine
Mike Moore – RHP – Sr. – Erskine
Boo Morrow – RHP – Sr. – Tusculum
Raymond Ruggles – RHP – Sr. – Tusculum
Jared Barkdoll – C – Sr. – Francis Marion
Alex Vertcnik – C/OF – Sr. – Mount Olive
Shannon Wilkerson – OF – Jr. – Augusta State
Ryan Kirkman – RHP – Sr. – UNC Pembroke
Josh Wilson – OF – Jr. – Armstrong Atlantic
Blake Ketner – P – Sr. – Catawba
Jarrett Coker – P – Sr. – Columbus State
Danny Davidson – P – Sr. – Columbus State
Mike Dobre – C – Sr. – Mars Hill

 

Collegiate Baseball DII Preseason “Players To Watch” from the Southeast Region
Michael Raymond – Sr. – RHP – Belmont Abbey
Casio Grider – Sr. – SS – Newberry
Zach Glass – Sr. – 1B – Lenoir-Rhyne
Kyle Norris – Sr. – C – St. Andrews
Aaron Hudgins – Sr. – SS – Tusculum
David Walters – Sr. – RHP – Francis Marion
Mills Rogers – Jr. – SS – Carson-Newman
Ken Raborn – Sr. – 1B/3B – USC Aiken
Sean Harrell – Jr. – OF – GCSU
Anders Oster – Sr. – SS – North Georgia
Atlee Pearson – Soph. – RHP – Erskine
Zach Whitman – Jr. – LHP – Georgia Southwestern
Rich Racobaldo – 3B – Sr. – Mount Olive
Tim Rawlings – Sr. – OF – Augusta State
Kevin Dietrich – OF – Sr. – UNC Pembroke
A.J. Nunziato – SS – Soph. – Lander
Kenny Cail – 1B – Sr. – Armstrong Atlantic
Chris Ahearn – Sr. – SS – Catawba
Nick Siega-Riz – OF – Sr. – Wingate
Brian Gordon – Sr. – C – Columbus State
Jonathan McDaniel – Soph. – RHP – Pfeiffer
Brian Williams – Sr. – OF – Mars Hill
 
Collegiate Baseball DII Preseason “Newcomers to Watch” from the Southeast Region
Nate Cudney – LHP – Fr. – Belmont Abbey
Jim Pollack – C – Jr. – Newberry
Max Loveland – Jr. – CF/P – Lenoir-Rhyne
Samson Williams – Jr. – OF – St. Andrews
Jared Richmond – Jr. – OF – Tusculum
Barrett Kleinknecht – Jr. – SS/P – Francis Marion
Antonio Nickel – Fr. – C – Carson-Newman
Jeremy Smith – Jr. – RHP – USC Aiken
Steve Muolo – Jr. – 3B – GCSU
Jordan Erisman – Fr. – OF – North Georgia
Jarrett Miller – Fr. – RHP – Erskine
Chris Lingham – Jr. – OF – Georgia Southwestern
Will Rodriguez – Jr. – 1B – Mount Olive
Dillon Roark – Jr. – RHP – Augusta State
Matt McGovern – Jr. – RHP – UNC Pembroke
Darrin Tew – Jr. – LHP – Lander
Alex Wyche – Jr. – OF – Armstrong Atlantic
Trevor Mullins – Jr. – P – Catawba
Jacob Karr – Fr. – 3B/RHP – Wingate
Alex Montes – Jr. – OF – Columbus State
Myles Pearl – Jr. – OF – Pfeiffer
Mike Kitt – Jr. – INF – Mars Hill
 
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Last Published: March 2, 2009 3:09 PM
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