CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - East Carolina's Kyle Roller, Ryan Wood and Stephen Batts have been named to the 2009 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA All-Atlantic Region Team the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Roller and Wood were also named 2009 ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans marking the first time since the 2004 season a Pirate picked up American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America accolades.
Roller, a rising senior at ECU, was named first-team All-America and All-Atlantic Region, while Wood was named third-team All-America and first-team All-Atlantic Region. Batts rounded out the Pirate honors after being named second-team All-Atlantic Region.
For Wood it is his fifth all-america designation following his first-team selection by Ping!Baseball, second-team by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and third-team honors from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball publication and Baseball America.
The Woodbridge, Va. native, who has started his professional career after being selected in the 11th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Royals, also took home first-team All Conference USA and 2009 NCAA Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team honors as a senior. Wood led the ECU with a .379 batting average and became the third Pirate to collect 100 hits in a season joining former teammate Trent Whitehead (105 in 2009) and former all-american Darryl Lawhorn (104 in 2002).
Wood also set career-highs in runs (87), doubles (22), home runs (14), RBIs (57) and walks. Against in-state rival UNC Wilmington, Wood became the fourth Pirate since 1999 to hit for cycle in ECU's 12-5 and was named to the College Baseball Foundation and Diamond Sports National All-Star Lineup on May 19.
During his senior season, Wood became ECU's all-time leader in runs scored (225) and walks (151), while ranking among the all-time top 10 in games played (237), games started (226), at-bats (869), hits (285), RBIs (154), doubles (48), home runs (35), total bases (442) and assists (655).
Just like Wood, Roller also had a career-season setting career-highs in average (.336), games played (66), runs (63), hits (86), doubles (12), home runs (16), RBIs (75), walks (32) and hit by pitches (24). The first-team All C-USA selection currently ranks among ECU's all-time leaders in hit by pitches, home runs, slugging percentage, RBIs, on-base percentage and total bases.
The Rockingham, N.C. native, who was named first-team All-America by Ping!Baseball, earned C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week honors on March 23 when he helped the Pirates to one of the most productive offensive weeks in league and school history from March 17-22. He batted .551 (13-for-22) with four home runs, 15 RBI, two walks and was hit five times in the Pirates perfect 5-0 week. Of his four home runs, three came in league play, he scored 11 runs including tying a career-high with four against UCF in the series opener and posted four multi-hit and multi-RBI games.
Roller was also named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pro-Line Athletic National Player-of-the-Week as well as being named to the Collegiate Baseball Foundation and Diamond Sports National All-Star Lineup and the Central Player-of-the-Week from Collegebaseballinsider.com.
Batts, a first-team All C-USA selection, was one of five Pirates to start all 66 games played as a senior. He was the only two-time C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week honoree in 2009 and was taken in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The Wilmington, N.C. native set career-highs in average (.352), games played (66), runs (71), hits (96), doubles (21), home runs (14), RBIs (63) and stolen bases (19). He registered 26 multi-hit and 18-multi-RBI games, while posting double-digits in home runs for the second consecutive season. Batts received 2009 Walter and Marie Williams "Spirit of the East" post-eligibility scholarship award and finished his career at ECU ranked among the all-time leaders in games played (238), at-bats (870), runs (205), hits (293), doubles (55), games started (224), RBIs (179), total bases (455), walks (122), putouts (910), stolen bases (51), chances (1086), batting average (.337), triples (7), home runs (31), on-base percentage (421) and stolen base percentage (.850).
2009 ECU All-America Honors
• Kevin Brandt - Freshman All-America (Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball), Second-Team Freshman All-America (Ping!Baseball)
• Kyle Roller - First-Team All-America (ABCA/Rawlings and Ping!Baseball)
• Ryan Wood - First-Team All-America (Ping!Baseball), Second-Team All-America(NCBWA), Third-Team All-America (Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and ABCA/Rawlings)
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