June 4, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
Wilkerson, Duran selected Division II Players of the Year Bookmark and Share

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Seventeen standout players are featured on the first team of the 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II All-America Team, the organization announced today.

Augusta State's Shannon Wilkerson was named NCBWA Division II Player of the Year, while Gabriel Duran of Dowling was chosen as the association's Pitcher of the Year. Dan O'Brien of UC San Diego was selected NCBWA Division II Coach of the Year. Wilkerson hit .441 with 24 homers and 82 runs batted in while Duran was 9-2 with a 1.45 ERA. O'Brien led his club to a 41-15 record and a No. 3 national ranking before losing in the national semifinals.

Following is the complete 2009 NCBWA Division II All-America Team:

Pos. First Team School Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
1B Jon Alia Cal State Dominguez Hills 6-3 225 Sr. Newbury Park, Calif.
2B Kevin Becker Mesa State 5-9 170 Jr. San Jose, Calif.
3B Yan Gomes Barry 6-2 215 Jr. Miami, Fla.
SS • Matt Bodenchuk Mesa State 6-4 205 Sr. Boulder, Colo.
C Matt Adams Slippery Rock 6-2 245 Jr. Philipsburg, Pa.
OF Jason Fobes CSU-Pueblo 6-1 180 Sr. Longmont, Colo.
OF Bryan Fogle Erskine 6-2 225 Sr. Lexington, S.C.
OF J.D. Martinez Nova Southeastern 6-3 194 Jr. Pembroke Pines, Fla.
OF • Shannon Wilkerson Augusta State 6-0 198 Jr. Dacula, Ga.
DH Travis Howard USC Aiken 6-1 210 Jr. Bonneau, S.C.
UT Donovan Huffer Concord 6-0 175 Jr. Churchville, Va.
SP Chris Armijo Incarnate Word 5-10 180 Sr. San Antonio, Texas
SP • Gabriel Duran Dowling 5-10 190 So. Brooklyn, N.Y.
SP • Hayden Simpson Southern Arkansas 6-0 170 So. Magnolia, Ark.
SP Dan Wright Lynn 6-1 205 Jr. West Palm Beach, Fla.
RP Shaun Larsen Southern Indiana 6-2 215 Sr. Tell City, Ind.
RP Chris Matlock Central Missouri 6-2 180 Sr. Springfield, Mo.
• Denotes unanimous selection
Second Team: C Ryan Query, Catawba; 1B Daniel Kassouf, Belmont Abbey; 2B Cannon Lester, Southern Arkansas; SS Rich Racobaldo, Mount Olive; 3B Nate Arevalo, Cameron; OF Matt Cotellese, West Chester; OF Adam Darby, Harding; OF Brandon Decker, Valdosta State; OF Eric Workman, West Virginia State; UT Chris Adamson, Angelo State; DH Matt Costello, Valdosta State; SP Nick Fogleman, Pfeiffer; SP Blake Keitzman, Western Oregon; SP Gary Moran, Sonoma State; SP Ben Watkins, Pitt-Johnstown; RP Brad Rutherford, Abilene Christian; RP Matt Winterhalter, Northern Kentucky.
Third Team: C Jordan Schmidt, Abilene Christian; 1B Evan McDole, Northern Kentucky; 2B Drew Cross, St. Edward’s; SS Evan Porter, Nebraska-Omaha; 3B Craig Lyerly, Catawba; OF Conner Crumbliss, Emporia State; OF Sam DiMatteo, California (Pa.); OF Will Gowdy, Ouachita Baptist; OF Joe Wendtke, Wayne State (Neb.); UT Andrew Whittington, Southern Arkansas; DH Keith Towne, Angelo State; SP Michael Fiers, Nova Southeastern; SP Darin Gorsky, Kutztown; SP Michael Thompson, Bellarmine; SP Kyle Vasquez, Franklin Pierce; RP John Church, West Florida; RP Justin Moore, Dominican.
Honorable Mention: C Chase Blackwood, Valdosta State; C Chris Herbert, Concordia-St. Paul; 1B Logan Forest, Texas-Permian Basis; 1B Yudelmis Hernandez, Barry; 1B Andrew Kinney, Southwest Minnesota State; 1B Zach Solly, Fairmont State; 2B Chas Anthony, Erskine; 2B Mike Baillargeon, Assumption; 2B Carlos Leyva, Cal State Dominguez Hills; SS Vance Albitz, UC San Diego; SS Shane Busti, California (Pa.); SS Devin Goodwin, Delta State; 3B David Olson, Minnesota-Duluth; 3B Jacob Petkac, Ashland; 3B Ethan Santora, Mercyhurst; 3B Josh Tanner, UC San Diego; OF Adam Arakawa, Chico State; OF Thomas Bumpass, Abilene Christian; OF Bo Darby, West Virginia State; OF Kevin Dietrich, UNC Pembroke; OF Kevin Dusold, Northern Kentucky; OF Jeff Foltz, Ashland; OF Cody Holliday, Wilmington; OF Mark Letchworth, Wingate; OF J.T. Putt, Regis; OF Mario Ramirez, Cal State LA; OF Chance Tuttle, Central Missouri; OF Derek West, Southwest Minnesota State; UT Tyler Choate, Southern Indiana; UT Paul-Michael Klingberg, Cal State Dominguez Hills; UT Alex Koch, Wayne State (Neb.); UT Phil Messerian, Nyack; DH Jason Carr, New Mexico Highlands; DH Josh Meagher, Chico State; DH Ben Sondgeroth, Indianapolis; SP Andre Benjamin, Grand Valley State; SP Brad Bichel, Cameron; SP Logan Birr, St. Cloud State; SP Tom Cote, Franklin Pierce; SP Reece Dodd, Southeastern Oklahoma; SP Adam Maini, Kutztown; SP Matt McGovern, UNC Pembroke; SP Ajay Meyer, Ashland; SP Bret Moyer, West Chester; SP Max Russell, Florida Southern; SP Jake Schmidt, Concordia-St. Paul; SP Tim Shibuya, UC San Diego; SP Cody Walden, Armstrong Atlantic; SP Cory White, Indianapolis; RP Rob Currie, Tusculum; RP Martin DeWald, GCSU; RP Nathan Kafka, Minnesota State; RP Guido Knudson, UC San Diego; RP Rob Nicholas, Franklin Pierce; SP Kenny Reisinger, Shepherd.

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