Phegley Named First Team Preseason All-American
Dec. 17, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior catcher Josh Phegley has been named a First Team Preseason All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association. Phegley, who was recently named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, picked up his first preseason All-America accolades after earning national honors from four groups a season ago.
Phegley, who collected All-America honors from the National College Baseball Writers of America, the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2008, finished off one of the best offensive seasons in IU history in 2008. The Terre Haute native posted a .438 average - the second-best clip in the nation - to go along with 15 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 doubles. He also finished second in the Big Ten with 69 runs, trailing only teammate and Cincinnati Reds draftee Andrew Means in that category.
Phegley - one of four unanimous selections to the Big Ten's first team a season ago - is one of just two conference players to garner preseason All-America honors from the NCBWA. Junior pitcher Chris Fetter of Michigan was a second team honoree.
The Hoosiers will begin their 2009 campaign against West Virginia in the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge on Feb. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. IU will also play Georgetown and South Florida in the three-day event.
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