MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
Baseball places two on NCBWA freshman All-America team

For the second straight season, the JU baseball team had a newcomer duo earn national attention after Chris Anderson and Taylor Ratliff each received first team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) freshman All-America team honors on Monday.

Anderson and Ratliff follow in the footsteps of Adam Brett Walker and Dan Gulbransen who received first team All-America honors from three separate outlets (NCBWA, Louisville Slugger, PING! in 2010.

“This is a good honor for them,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We have been privileged to have our youth lead us these last two seasons. We plan for them to develop and get better while also bringing in some more new talent to help fill their shoes.”

Anderson, who was forced to move to the closer role after injuries plagued the pitching staff, emerged as one of the top closers in the conference by ranking second with 11 saves. He also was the workhorse of staff by setting a program single-season record with 36 appearances. Anderson finished third on the JU staff with a 4-2 record and ranked second with a .229 opponent batting average.

The Minnesota native also earned freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball on June 9 to go along with A-Sun second team and all-freshman accolades.

Ratliff hit mainly in the leadoff spot during his first season, finishing third on the squad with a .332 average. He also had 24 RBI, nine doubles, 58 runs, 25 steals and a .424 on-base percentage to receive A-Sun all-freshman accolades.