Wednesday, June 4, 2008

ACU baseball player named All-American

Elkerson voted 1st team all-America on two teams

ABILENE -- ACU senior leftfielder Mike Elkerson capped his career on Tuesday by being named first team NCAA Division II all-America on the final two teams of the post-season.

Elkerson – who last week was named first team all-America by Daktronics – was voted first team all-America on the Rawlings / American Baseball Coaches' Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association teams. Elkerson and junior pitcher Trey Watten (who was named first team all-America designated hitter by Daktronics last week) are only the third and fourth ACU baseball players in program history to be voted first team all-America, joining second baseman Ronny Haring (1997) and relief pitcher Jameson Maj (2007) on the short list.

Elkerson, who set ACU single-season records for at-bats, hits, home runs, RBI and total bases in 2007, was named a first team all-America in the outfield, while Watten -- who was 10-3 on the mound -- was named first team all-America as a designate hitter.

Elkerson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior outfielder from San Clemente, Calif., led the Wildcats to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament and an overall record of 44-17 to finish the season. The big-hitting left fielder finished the year batting .424 with 22 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs, and 86 RBIs. In 262 at-bats, Elkerson collected 111 hits and swiped 19 stolen bases for head coach Britt Bonneau's club. His 111 hits and 202 total bases established new Lone Star Conference records.

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