CSU Trio Named to "Louisville Slugger's" Freshmen All-American Baseball TeamJune 4, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
TUSCON, Ariz. - Collegiate Baseball has announced the selection of three Charleston Southern freshmen to their 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team. The team included shortstop Taylor Black, outfielder Steve Antolik and designated hitter Derek Smith.
Black, an Easley, S.C., native, finished second on the team with a .333 batting average and a team-high 17 doubles, and five homeruns. He appeared in all 53 games for CSU, and his doubles ranked fourth all-time in a single season at CSU.
Antolik (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Smith (Moncks Corner, S.C.) tied for a team-high 11 homeruns, each earning the distinction of becoming the first freshmen to hit double-digit homeruns since 2004.
Antolik finished the season with 11 doubles in 49 starts for CSU, accounting for a team-high 106 total bases. He hit .313, and scored 30 runs.
Smith, a first-team All-Big South selection, finished with almost an identical stats as his fellow power hitter. He hit .314 for the season with 12 doubles, and 104 total bases. Both sluggers held a slugging percentage over .530.
The full Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American list can be found at: www.baseballnews.com