THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007
Pete Clifford earns Ping!Baseball All-America and America Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region honors
June 21, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Senior Pete Clifford continues to rack up the accolades as he was named second team All-America by Ping!Basbeall and received second team All-Atlantic Region honors from the America Baseball Coaches Association after leading the JU baseball team to the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title and its second consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals.
Clifford is the second Dolphin in less than a week to earn accolades from Ping!Basbeall and the first Dolphin since Matt Dobbins a year ago to get honors from the ABCA. The Ping!Baseball honor is also Clifford's second All-America accolade this year when he was named Louisville Slugger second team All-America on May 30.
"We are very happy for Pete because these are well-deserved honors," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Those honors are product of Pete's athleticism and years of hard work. It wraps up a tremendous career as a Dolphin for him."
Clifford was named A-Sun Tournament MVP after batting .350 (7-20) with a tournament-high three home runs in leading the Dolphins to four consecutive wins to earntheir third tournament crown and back-to-back NCAA appearances for only the second time in program history (1994-95).
A first team all-conference honoree for the second consecutive season, Clifford continued JU's tradition of producing the A-Sun "Player of the Year" after Daniel Murphy received the honor last season. He also becomes the third Dolphin to receive the accolade after Chad Hauseman earned the honor in 2003.
The Jacksonville native, who led the squad in 13 offensive categories, finished the regular season leading the A-Sun in RBI (53), total bases (127) and walks (39). He also became the first Dolphin to earn A-Sun "Player of the Week" accolades three times in a season since Hauseman accomplished the feat during the 2003 season. On March 12, Clifford also joined Hauseman (April 7 & 14, 2003) as the first A-Sun player to win the award in consecutive weeks.
In the JU program record book, Clifford ranks second with 295 hits and 63 doubles, third with 191 runs and 457 total bases, tied for fourth with 118 walks and seventh with 29 home runs.
Following his stellar senior campaign, Clifford was taken in the 20th round (613th overall pick) Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 8. He is currently playing for the Missoula Osprey, the Diamondbacks rookie level affiliate, in the Pioneer League.