Nine Albany State University Golden Rams have been named to the 2010 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Baseball All-Conference and All-Academic teams for their outstanding athletic and academic performances during the 2010 season. The Golden Rams had five players earning first team honors and three named to the second team. One Golden Rams earned All-Academic team honors. The All-SIAC team was selected by the league’s head baseball coaches and announced during day two games of the SIAC’s Baseball Championship Tournament, currently underway at the Paul Eames Complex in Albany, Ga. Ten SIAC baseball players with the highest grade point averages were named to All-Academic team members.
Catcher Jarvis Beck, shortstop William Smalls, third baseman Brandon Marcus, designated hitter Brandon Small and pitcher Larry Johnson were named to the first team, while first baseman DeMarcus Price, outfielder Corey Reeves and relief pitcher Benjamin King received second team honors. Ken Nesbitt earned honors for his academic performance.
“These young men have played hard for Albany State this season and I am extremely proud of them,” said head coach Edward Taylor. “Having eight players on the all-conference teams say a lot about the caliber of baseball we play at Albany State. I thank the SIAC baseball coaches for selecting our players for this honor.”
Selected as the SIAC’s best starting pitcher, Johnson, a junior from Atlanta, Ga., has posted a 7-1 record, including a shutout. He struck out 60 batters in 60 innings on the mound. Smalls, a sophomore from Decatur, Ga., has posted a .440 batting average and led the team with 66 hits, including five homeruns. He also scored 45 runs and drove in 37 this season. Beck, a senior from Memphis, Tenn., has hit .319 on the season, recorded 36 hits with 35 RBI, and scored 39 runs. He also recorded 222 put-outs and 24 assists. Marcus, who was the 2009 SIAC Player of the Year, has batted .386 with 61 hits and batted in 42 runners. The senior from Camilla, Ga. leads the team with 68 runs. Small, a sophomore from Richland, Ga., has hit .324 on the season, recorded 46 hits, and scored 45 runs, including eight homeruns.
A senior from Albany, Ga., Price has batted .386 and leads the team with 72 RBI. He has recorded 47 hits and scored 48 runs. Reeves, a junior from Lincolnton, Ga., batted .397 and scored 61 runs for the Golden Rams. He has 58 hits and 36 RBI. King, a freshman from Bainbridge, Ga., went 3-0 for the Rams. He struck out 16 batters in 39 innings pitched.
Nesbitt, sophomore pitcher from Macon, Ga., went 1-2 on the season and struck out 12 batters while maintaining a 3.65 GPA in ASU’s Mass Communications program.
The Golden Rams, who clinched the SIAC Eastern Division Championship, will play in the SIAC championship game on Friday at 2 p.m. They will face the winner of the 10 a.m. game between the Stillman College Tigers and the Benedict College Tigers.