Written by Edythe Bradley
Two Albany State University Golden Rams have been named to the 2012 SIAC Preseason Baseball All-Conference Team, which was selected by the SIAC Baseball Coaches Association. Highlighting the 2012 team is ASU senior third baseman William Smalls. Catcher Richey Harris was named to the Second Team.
Last season, Smalls led the SIAC with nine home runs and 56 runs batted in while ranking second with a .718 slugging percentage. The 2011 SIAC Player of the Year also led the conference with 69 hits and tied for the league lead with 17 doubles while batting .406 from the plate. Smalls also finished with a .500 on-base percentage while helping lead the Golden Rams to a 10-5 record in the SIAC, 27-23 overall, and berth in the SIAC Championship game.
Harris batted in 43 runs, including five homeruns for the Golden Rams. The sophomore from Fayetteville, Ga. recorded 50 hits and scored 30 runs.
Claflin University led the preseason team with five total selections, including three first-team selections, followed by 2011 SIAC Tournament Champion Stillman College with four total selections.
The Golden Rams will open on Feb. 3 on the road in a two-day, three-game series against Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Rams will play the Valdosta State University Blazers in a 5 p.m. single game on Feb. 8 in Valdosta, Ga., before facing Shorter College in a three-game series on Feb. 10-11 in Rome, Ga. The Rams will make their home debut on Feb. 17 in a doubleheader against Selma University. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Rams Park. The Rams will travel to Atlanta, Ga. open SIAC action against Clark Atlanta University in a three-game series on March 10-11. ASU will host its first conference series on March 31 and April 1 against the LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians at Rams Park.
2012 SIAC Preseason Baseball All-Conference Team
William Smalls Senior Shortstop Albany State University
Bryan Butcher Senior Catcher Morehouse College
Kelvin Tanner Sophomore First Baseman Clark Atlanta University
Anthony Jones Junior Second Baseman Miles College
Chauncey Davis Senior Third Baseman Claflin University
Randolph Brown Senior Left Fielder Claflin University
Dion Bryant Senior Center Fielder Stillman College
Donald Smith Senior Right Fielder Claflin University
Jeremy Williams Junior Utility Tuskegee University
Eric Cordova Senior Starting Pitcher Benedict College
Jeffrey Jones Senior Relief Pitcher Miles College
Rickey Harris Sophomore Catcher Albany State University
Brandon Lowe Sophomore First Baseman Morehouse College
Edward Randolph Sophomore Second Baseman Claflin University
Michael Thames Junior Shortstop Paine College
Christopher Moye Senior Third Baseman Benedict College
Jarius Brown Senior Left Fielder Stillman College
Brett Bullard Junior Center Fielder Claflin University
Raphael Amey Senior Right Fielder Kentucky State University
Vallmer Jordan Senior Utility Morehouse College
Josh Cagle Senior Starting Pitcher Stillman College
Tyler Vails Sophomore Relief Pitcher Stillman College
ASU’s William Smalls is named to the SIAC pre-season All-Conference team.