Five 49ers Land on NCCSIA Baseball All-State Team
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 06/11/2011
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Twelve student-athletes representing six institutions comprise the 2011 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Baseball Team released Wednesday.

Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season champion Charlotte led the way by placing five students on the team, while both Southern Conference (SoCon) regular-season titlist Elon and UNC Wilmington had two students honored. North Carolina A&T, Western Carolina and High Point had one honoree each.

The eighth-annual team consists of NCAA Division I student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted the nominees and NCCSIA members voted for the All-State team.

The all-state infield includes Charlotte's Shane Basen, Western Carolina's Ross Heffley, Elon's Neal Pritchard and UNC Wilmington's Hunter Ridge. Basen, a sophomore, helped Charlotte to a 43-16 season (17-7 A-10) and their fourth A-10 title in the previous five seasons after hitting .298 with a team-best 17 doubles. He scored 43 runs, drove in 35 and stole 15 bases for the 49ers. Heffley, a junior who claimed Louisville Slugger All-America and First Team All-SoCon distinction, hit .419 with a team-best 11 homers, 18 doubles and 65 RBI. Pritchard, a senior, helped Elon to its third regular-season SoCon title in four years by hitting .295 with a team-high eight homers and 39 RBI. He earned Second Team All-SoCon recognition and helped the Phoenix finish 36-21 overall (23-7 SoCon). Ridge, a sophomore, helped UNCW to a 31-28 overall record and an 18-12 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) ledger. He was a Second Team All-CAA honoree and led the Seahawks with 17 doubles and 60 RBI while hitting .354.

The all-state outfield is comprised of High Point's Steve Antolik , N.C. A&T's Xavier Macklin and Charlotte's Justin Wilson. Antolik, a senior, earned First Team All-Big South Conference honors after topping High Point with a .374 batting average, 20 doubles and 44 RBI. He also scored a team-high 47 runs as the Panthers finished with a 24-32 overall record (9-18 Big South).
Macklin, a junior, earned his second all-state nod after he belted a team-best 22 homers and drove in a program-high 67 runs. He hit .355 and is a three-time First Team All-MEAC selection. Wilson, a senior, hit .341 with a team-best 48 runs scored. He swiped 25 bases, had five triples and drove in 38 runs for the 49ers.

Charlotte junior Ross Steedley earned the all-state catcher's spot after hitting a team-best .342 with 22 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 31 RBI. He was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection.

At designated hitter, UNCW's Thomas Pope earned the all-state nod. The junior led the Seahawks with a .396 batting average and 19 stolen bases. A First Team All-CAA selection, Pope also scored 48 runs, had 13 doubles, two triples, five homers and 46 RBI.

Both all-state starting pitchers hail from Charlotte's program, junior Andrew Smith and freshman Tyler Barnette. Smith was the A-10 Pitcher of the Year, a first team all-conference honoree and a member of the NCAA All-Tempe, Ariz. Regional Team. He went 10-4 with a 1.81 ERA over 109.1 innings, including a win in his last start, over No. 19 Arkansas in the NCAA Regional. Smith walked just 26 hitters, fanned 92 and held opponents to a .213 batting average. Barnette nearly matched his 49ers teammate, finishing 9-2 with a 2.29 ERA and earning a spot on the Louisville Slugger / Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-America Team. In 90.1 innings the A-10 Rookie of the Year walked 24 and struck out 56. Opponents hit just .224 off of Barnette.

Elon's Brebbia, a junior, collected SoCon Pitcher of the Year honors with a 7-1 record, a 1.76 ERA and three saves for the Phoenix. In 41.0 innings over 27 appearances, he issued just eight walks and fanned 35 hitters. Opponents hit just .171 off of the righty.

Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from North Carolina's NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions for the purpose of promoting college athletics in the state. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina whose responsibilities include sports information.

2011 NCCSIA All-State Baseball Team (University Division)
Pos.  Name             School              Class  Homeown
SP     Tyler Barnette  Charlotte           Fr.    Hickory, N.C.
SP     Andrew Smith    Charlotte           Jr.    Matthews, N.C.
RP     John Brebbia    Elon                Jr.    Chatham, Mass.
C      Ross Steedley   Charlotte           Jr.    Granite Quarry, N.C.
INF    Shane Basen     Charlotte           So.    Waxhaw, N.C.
INF    Ross Heffley    Western Carolina    Jr.    Snellville, Ga.
INF    Neal Pritchard  Elon                Sr.    Asheboro, N.C.
INF    Hunter Ridge    UNC Wilmington      So.    Asheboro, N.C.
OF     Steve Antolik   High Point          Sr.    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
OF     Xavier Macklin  North Carolina A&T  Jr.    Rocky Mount, N.C.
OF     Justin Wilson   Charlotte           Sr.    Canton, N.C.
DH     Thomas Pope     UNC Wilmington      Jr.    Clinton, N.C.


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