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2008 NAIA Baseball All-Americans Announced

May 30, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is proud to announce the 2008 NAIA Baseball All-Americans, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) All-America Selection Committee. National Championship participants Lee (Tenn.) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) placed six combined players on the All-America Team, including the Rawlings-NAIA Player of the Year Kyle Greene. The senior from Lewiston, Idaho is the third LCSC athlete to win this prestigious award and second straight. Beau Mills, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians last spring, won the honor last year while Jim O'Dell held the distinction in 1983.

Greene had an MVP type season based on these numbers: .429 batting average, .934 slugging percentage, 18 home runs, 69 runs, 30 2Bs and 93 hits. In 61 games, Greene ranks in the top 20 in numerous hitting categories including first in overall doubles, ninth in slugging percentage and 20th in hitting percentage. Greene and his teammates will take on No. 1 Lee (Tenn.) tonight in the 52nd Annual AVISTA-NAIA World Series title game.

The All-America Teams consist of 17 members on the First Team, 17 on the Second Team and an Honorable Mention Team, which is limited to 34 players. The HM Team is not position-specific.

The 2008 NAIA Coach of the Year will be announced in early January at the ABCA Coaches Convention.

2008 NAIA Baseball All-America Teams
First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Year

Hometown

1B

Josh Collazo

Oklahoma Baptist

Jr.

Tampa, Fla.

2B

Joel Torres

Bacone (Okla.)

Sr.

Cagaus, P.R.

SS

Matt Venegas

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Sr.

LaVerne, Calif.

3B

Brent Weaver

Oklahoma City

Jr.

Midwest City, Okla.

UT

Kyle Greene^

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Sr.

Lewiston, Idaho

OF

Kirk Nieuwenheis

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Jr.

Denver, Colo.

OF

Jeremy Strack

William Jewell (Mo.)

Sr.

Gardner, Kan.

OF

Trevor Urbanick

Cumberlands (Ky.)

Sr.

Conneautville, Pa.

OF

Dan Higgins

St. Francis (Ill.)

Jr.

Chicago, Ill.

C

Tyler Diamond

The Masters (Calif.)

Jr.

Simi Valley, Calif.

C

Cody Newman

Saint Mary (Kan.)

Sr.

Peculiar, Mo.

P

Gary Poynter

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

Jr.

Flower Mound, Texas

P

Jordan Roberts

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Sr.

Labelle, R.I.

P

Marty Popham

Union (Ky.)

Jr.

Louisville, Ky.

P

David Colopy

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

Groveport, Ohio

RP

Pablo Lopez

Lee (Tenn.)

Jr.

Hollywood, Fla.

DH

Daniel Jape

Reinhardt (Ga.)

Sr.

Woodstock, Ga.


^ NAIA Player of the Year

Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Year

Hometown

1B

Chris Warters

Lee (Tenn.)

Jr.

Los Angeles, Calif.

2B

Hawkins Gebbers

Biola (Calif.)

Jr.

Brewster, Wash.

SS

Kody Hightower

Southern Wesleyan (S.C.)

Sr.

Lenoir, N.C.

3B

Thomas Englehardt

Fisher (Mass.)

Jr.

Bradford, Mass.

UT

Jim Baker

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

Sr.

Chelsea, Mich.

OF

Julian Alvarez

Bacone (Okla.)

Jr.

Boston, Mass.

OF

Chris Hardin

Southern Nazarene (Okla.)

Sr.

Bethany, Okla.

OF

Kevin Leslie

Faulkner (Ala.)

Jr.

Stone Mountain, Ga.

OF

John Richards

York (Neb.)

Sr.

Littleton, Colo.

C

Brian Ward

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Jr.

Huntington Beach, Calif.

C

Joe Janusik

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio

P

Matt Fitts

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Jr.

Santa Rosa, Calif.

P

Richard Sullivan

Savanah College of Art & Design (Ga.)

Jr.

Louisville, Ky.

P

Brandon Moore

Indiana Wesleyan

Sr.

Crawfordsville, Ind.

P

Josh Hester

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

Sr.

Huntsville, Ala.

RP

Aaron Varnum

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Jr.

Houston, Texas

DH

Stephen Kohatsu

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Sr.

Covina, Calif.


Honorable Mention Team

Pos.

Name

School

Year

Hometown

P

Jesse Bachman

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

Jr.

Middlebury, Ind.

P

Chris Baker

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

Sr.

Milwaukie, Ore.

3B

Bobby Bratton

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Sr.

Columbia, Tenn.

3B

Richey Burgos

Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)

Sr.

Ponce, Puerto Rico

P

Greg Byron

Bethany College (Kan.)

Sr.

Toronto, Canada

P

Daniel Cutler

Saint Ambrose (Iowa)

Sr.

Davenport, Iowa

P

Brad Davidson

Avila (Mo.)

Sr.

Blue Springs, Mo.

DH

Brian Dirheimer

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.)

Jr.

Hamilton, Ohio

OF

Venson Doster

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Lanham, MD

OF

Kahoi Downing

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)

Jr.

Honolulu, Ha.

P

Jeff Duda

Campbellsville (Ky.)

Sr.

Surrey, B.C.

P

Brent Ebinger

Lambuth (Tenn.)

So.

Hendersonville, Tenn.

OF

Josh Ehringer

Union (Ky.)

Jr.

Somerset, Ky.

3B

Kyle Eley

Missouri Valley

Sr.

Seattle, Wash.

C

Pat Grady

Saint Francis (Ill.)

So.

Orland Park, Ill.

UT

Joe Grinstead

Union (Ky.)

Jr.

Bowling Green, Ky.

OF

Bret Hoch

Morningside (Iowa)

So.

South Sioux City, Iowa

P

Chris Holguin

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

Sr.

Lubbock, Texas

DH

Tony Isbell

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Jr.

Florence, Mont.

P

Justin Mace

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Sr.

Boise, Idaho

P

John McCracken

Madonna (Mich.)

Sr.

Pinckney, Mich.

UT

Sam Mercado

Southern Nazarene (Okla.)

Jr.

Paramount, Cali.

1B

Brett Newsome

Saint Ambrose (Iowa)

Jr.

Palos Heights, Ill.

P

David Odquist

Oklahoma City

Jr.

Midwest City, Okla.

1B

Calvin O'Rear

McKendree (Ill.)

Jr.

DuBois, Ill.

OF

Garrett Regan

Oklahoma City

Jr.

Calgary, Alberta

P

Ulysses Roque

Bellevue (Neb.)

Sr.

South Miami, Fla.

C

Codie Zeutenhorst

Northwestern (Iowa)

Sr.

Maurice, Iowa