CofC's Aldrich named baseball preseason All-American

TUCSON, Ariz. – College of Charleston slugger Daniel Aldrich was named a Louisville Slugger preseason first team All-American, as announced on Tuesday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Tuesday's announcement continued a strong week for College of Charleston baseball as the Cougars were picked 32nd in Monday's Collegiate Baseball preseason poll, and Aldrich was tabbed a first team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) last Wednesday.

Aldrich was one of three players from the Southern Conference to be selected for the first team, joining Georgia Southern's Victor Roache and Western Carolina's Ross Heffley. Georgia Southern's Chris Beck was named to the third team.

A native of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Aldrich earned 2011 Freshman Player of the Year honors from the NCBWA, Southern Conference and Collegiate Baseball while making the All-American squads from Louisville Slugger, Baseball America, NCBWA, ABCA/Rawlings and the CBI.

A redshirt-sophomore, Aldrich led all Division I freshmen with 22 home runs in 2011 while blasting 73 RBIs and boasting a slugging percentage of .739 and batting average of .347. He finished with 25 multi-hit games and sported a team-best 17-game hitting streak in February and March. Aldrich won the 2011 TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb., last summer.