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Alcorn State’s Wimberly, Texas Southern’s Daniels Head Preseason All-SWAC Baseball Team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alcorn State second baseman Corey Wimberly and Texas Southern RHP Isaac Daniels picked up top preseason honors on the 2005 Preseason All Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball team.
The team was selected from votes of the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball coaches and sports information directors.
Wimberly, a 5-8 sophomore from Jacksonville, FL, earned first team and Newcomer of the Year honors last season. He started 42-of-42 games played and finished with a .420 batting average with 63 hits; 53 runs scored; 25 RBI; 79 total bases; He finished 2004 with a slugging percentage of – .527 and 40 stolen bases.
Daniels, a 6-1 junior RHP from Portland, OR, finished the 2004 season with a 4.21 ERA He led the SWAC in Batters Struck out Looking (28) and won SWAC Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher as he led the Tigers to the SWAC title last year.
He was Texas Southern’s starting pitcher in the NCAA Regional Tournament win over defending champion Rice Owls.
Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M have three (3) players each named to the team. Mississippi Valley State has two (2) players named with one (1) player each from Southern, Alcorn State and Jackson State.
Defending division champions, Mississippi Valley State and Southern were tabbed as favorites to win their East and West Divisions in 2005. The voting gave a clear top to bottom order in the East, but in the West there were ties for second and fourth in the predictions.
2005 Preseason All-SWAC Baseball Team
(as selected by SWAC Baseball Coaches / Sports Information Directors)
IF – Corey Wimberly, Alcorn State (5-8, 185, So, Jacksonville, FL)
IF - Carl Lipsey, Jackson State, (5’10, 160, Sr., Fresno, CA)
IF – Rickey Thomas, Prairie View A&M (6-0, 230, So., Spring, TX)
IF – Herman Coachman, Texas Southern, (5-11, 225, Soph., Hampton, GA)
C – Brian McGinty, Prairie View A&M (6-0, 205, Sr., Houston, TX)
OF – Cory Alexander, Texas Southern (5-9, 180, Sr., Houston, TX)
OF – Stephen Washington, Prairie View A&M (6-0, 190, Sr., Mesquite, TX)
OF – Corey Littleton, Miss. Valley State (5-11, 190, Jr., Jackson, MS)
P – Andrew Cunha, Miss. Valley State (6-1, 200, Sr., Tucson, AZ)
P – Isaac Daniels, Texas Southern (6-1,190, Jr, Portland, OR)
P – Joshua Kirk, Southern University (6-4, 200, R-So, P, Rancho Cucamunga, CA)
Player of the Year
Corey Wimberly, 2B, Alcorn State (5-8, 185, So, Jacksonville, FL)
Pitcher of the Year
Isaac Daniels, RHP – Texas Southern (6-1,190, Jr, Portland, OR)