National Collegiate Baseball Writers November 13, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Carolla
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Sixteen conferences represented among selections
NCBWA ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has selected its fourth annual preseason All-America teams with a wide variety of NCAA World Series standouts, student-athletes from traditional powers and players representing 16 different Division I conferences for the 2003 campaign.

2002 World Series standouts relief pitcher Huston Street (Outstanding Player in the CWS) of Texas, Rice first baseman Vincent Sinisi, outfielder Sam Fuld of Stanford and Houston starting pitcher Brad Sullivan (National Summer Player of the Year) are among the featured first team members.

Southern University second baseman and 2002 NCAA batting leader (.495) Rickie Weeks returns after earning first team All-America laurels from the NCBWA on its 2002 postseason honors' squad. Richmond outfielder Vito Chiaravallotti is the leading home run producer on the 2003 preseason first unit with 23 while Conference USA stalwarts DH Darryl Lawhorn (.416-19 HR-64 RBI) of East Carolina and utility athlete Michael Aubrey (.315-7 HR-56 RBI, 8-1 pitching record) of Tulane join the solid group.

Street (four saves in four appearances in the NCAA World Series) and Simmons (2-0 in the CWS) had a hand in 34 of the 57 wins (57-15) by NCAA champion Texas last season while the starting pitchers on the first team, including Houston's Brad Sullivan (nation-leading 157 strikeouts) and Wake Forest's Kyle Sleeth (14-0), combined for a 58-5 pitching mark in '02. Street and Villanova's James Russell, the initial unit relief aces, combined for 29 saves last season to rank among the top returnees nationally for 2003.

Sophomore shortstop Stephen Drew, the Baseball America 2002 Freshman of the Year with a .402 average, 16 homers and 54 RBI, teams with fellow Atlantic Coast Conference standout 3B Jamie D'Antona (.336-20 HR-83 RBI) for enviable infield numbers, while Eastern Michigan OF Ryan Goleski of the Mid-American Conference posted a .381 average with 22 dingers and 70 RBI. Richmond joins Texas and Wake Forest as the only schools to place two players on first team. Outfielder Vito Chiaravalloti (23 HR, 86 RBI) joins pitcher Tim Stauffer (15-3, 1.64 ERA, 140 K) in representing the Spiders.

2002 Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year Chris Lambert (9-3, 2.76 ERA) of Boston College leads a star-studded second team along with Conference USA single season batting recordholder (.441) Terry Trofholz of TCU. Clemson first baseman Michael Johnson (25 home runs) is the top home run hitter on all three teams. UCLA's multi-talented Wes Whisler holds the second team utility athlete post after cracking 18 homers and going 5-2 as a pitcher in 2002.

Rice, Western Athletic Conference champ, also places a pair of pitchers on the second and third teams in Philip Humber (11-1) and Steven Herce (13-3), while Pacific-10 Conference stalwarts DH Joey Metropoulos of Southern California and Whisler of UCLA are two to watch. Cal State Fullerton starter Wes Littleton and relief ace Chad Cordero both grace the second team while Big Ten Conference mainstay pitchers Scott Lewis of Ohio State and Tim Day of Michigan State join Indiana 3B Vasili Spanos on the third squad.

First Team Position Players
1B Vincent Sinisi, Rice
2B Rickie Weeks, Southern
3B Jamie D'Antona, Wake Forest
SS Stephen Drew, Florida State
C David Castillo, Oral Roberts
OF Ryan Goleski, Eastern Michigan
OF Vito Chiaravalloti, Richmond
OF Sam Fuld, Stanford
DH Darryl Lawhorn, East Carolina
UT/ATH Michael Aubrey, Tulane

First Team Pitchers
SP Brad Sullivan, Houston
SP Tim Stauffer, Richmond
SP Justin Simmons, Texas
SP Kyle Sleeth, Wake Forest
RP Huston Street, Texas
RP James Russell, Villanova

Second Team Position Players
1B Michael Johnson, Clemson
2B Steve Sollmann, Notre Dame
3B Conor Jackson, California
3B Lee Curtis, Charleston
SS Aaron Hill, LSU
C Pat O'Brien, Kent State
OF Carlos Quentin, Stanford
OF Terry Trofholz, TCU
OF Jeff Barry, Vermont
DH Joey Metropoulos, USC
UT/ATH Wes Whisler, UCLA

Second Team Pitchers
SP Chris Lambert, Boston College
SP Wes Littleton, Cal State Fullerton
SP Matt Lynch, Florida State
SP Kyle Bakker, Georgia Tech
SP Philip Humber, Rice
RP Chad Cordero, Cal State Fullerton
RP Ryan Schroyer, Arizona State

Third Team Position Players
1B Kelly Hunt, Bowling Green
2B Tim Moss, Texas
3B Joe Drapeau, Maine
3B Vasili Spanos, Indiana
SS Brian Bixler, Eastern Michigan
C Tony Richie, Florida State
OF Andre Ethier, Arizona State
OF Dustin Majewski, Texas
OF Mark Jurich, Louisville
OF Adam Bourassa, Wake Forest
DH Beau Hearod, Alabama
DH Jeff Leise, Nebraska
UT/ATH Mike Kelly, Monmouth
UT/ATH Michael Scooter, UNC Greensboro

Third Team Pitchers
SP Tim Day, Michigan State
SP Grant Johnson, Notre Dame
SP Scott Lewis, Ohio State
SP Steven Herce, Rice
SP Tim Cunningham, Stanford
RP Taylor Tankersley, Alabama
RP Tyler Sullivan, Birmingham Southern
RP George Huguet, Miami
RP Ty Kline, Oregon State

Complete release with individual statistics (.pdf)
2002 NCBWA All-America Team