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Shawler Named Pre-Season All-American

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 26, 2007
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Dec. 26, 2007

NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University junior righthander Anthony Shawler (Chesapeake, Va.-Oscar Smith HS) has been named to COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER/Louisville Slugger pre-season first team All-American and Third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. As a team, ODU received honorable mention votes for the pre-season top 25. Teammate Dan Hudson joined Shawler on the Brooke Wallace pre-season Watch List for National Player of the Year honors.

Shawler, the CAA's top pitcher in 2007 with an 11-2 record, 2.20 ERA, eight complete games, three shutouts and 130 strikeouts in 114.1 innings of work. Shawler was named to four All-American teams last year, as well as All-State and All-region honors.

ODU compiled a 35-24 overall record in 2007, won the regular season league crown and was the top seed in the CAA tournament. The Monarchs return both first team All-CAA pitchers in Shawler and fellow junior righthander Dan Hudson (8-5, 3.46 ERA, 106 So, Princess Anne HS) who ranked second in the CAA to Shawler in strikeouts.

ODU also returns All-Region designated hitter David Burns who led ODU with eight homers, and 61 RBI. The Monarchs welcome back two players who missed last year due to injuries in 2006 All-CAA outfielder and stolen base leader Jimmy Miles (Orlando, FL.), and Bryan Cipolla (Plainview, NY.), a three year starter at firstbase. Miles, a senior hit .348 in 2006 with four homers, 32 RBI and ranked second in the CAA with 39 stolen bases. Cipolla, a senior hit .318 with four homers and 48 RBI in 2006.

ODU also returns starters Chris Keenan (Sr, 278 BA, Great Bridge, HS , Chesapeake, VA.) at second base, Jake McAloose (So. .306 BA, Princess Anne HS, Virginia Beach, VA.).at thirdbase, Gerard Hall (So, .257 BA, Washington, DC.) at shortstop along with starting pitchers Ryan Bergh (Reddick, FL. ) and Dexter Carter (Murfreesboro, NC.).

Joining Shawler on the first team COLLEGIATE BASEBALL All-American squad from the CAA was Delaware shortstop Alex Bucholz. Hofstra thirdbaseman Matt Prpkopowicz, George Mason outfielder Scot Krieger were named to the NCBWA All-American squad with Shawler and Bucholz.

The Monarchs open the 2008 season Feb. 22nd with a three-game home series against BIGEAST champion Rutgers.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL/TPX 2008
FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS

RHP Jacob Thompson, Virginia (11-0, 1.50 ERA, 101 K, 32 BB) RHP Preston Guilmet, Arizona (12-2, 1.87 ERA, 146 K, 34 BB) RHP Anthony Shawler, Old Dominion (11-2, 2.20 ERA, 130 K, 29 BB) LHP Brian Matusz, San Diego (10-3, 2.85 ERA, 163 K, 37 BB) LHP Josh Satow, Arizona St. (13-3, 2.76 ERA, 119 K, 53 BB) RHP Scott Gorgen, U.C. Irvine (13-3, 2.83 ERA, 117 K, 41 BB) Relief A.J. Griffin, San Diego (11 SV, 6-2 record, 2.70 ERA) C Buster Posey, Florida St. (.382, 3 HR, 21 2B, 65 RBI) 1B Brett Wallace, Arizona St. (.404, 16 HR, 17 2B, 78 RBI) 2B Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M (.398, 12 HR, 23 2B, 85 RBI, 22 SB) 2B Johnny Giavotella, New Orleans (.385, 15 HR, 19 2B, 65 RBI, 17 SB) 3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt (.386, 18 HR, 21 2B, 68 RBI) SS Alex Buchholz, Delaware (.387, 11 HR, 27 2B, 63 RBI) OF Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt (.378, 20 HR, 23 2B, 62 RBI, 20 SB) OF Kyle Russell, Texas (.336, 28 HR, 11 2B, 71 RBI, 10 SB) OF Brad McElroy, Charlotte (.401, 11 HR, 26 2B, 68 RBI, 14 SB) UT Josh Romanski, San Diego (9-1 pitching record, 3.05 ERA, 92 K, 24 BB, .335 BA, 10 2B)

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