Redshirt-junior Matt Leeds and redshirt-freshman Daniel Aldrich have been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's 16th Annual All-America teams as announced by the organization today. Leeds garnered a first team selection, and Aldrich earned second team honors.
Leeds, a third baseman out of Boca Raton, Florida, was spectacular for the Cougars this season. He finished the 2011 campaign with a .345 batting average, 18 doubles, 18 home runs. His 80 RBIs were the third most in the country. Leeds had already been named to the All-SoCon First Team, and was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). He was also honored with a Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team selection.
Aldrich has had an incredible freshman season for his hometown Cougars. The outfielder from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. was already named the National Freshman of the Year by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball, as well as the 2011 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. He is also on NCBWA's Freshman All-American First Team, and also received Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American and First Team Freshman All-American honors. Aldrich led all Division I freshmen in home runs (22), RBIs (73), slugging percentage (.739), and total bases (164).