May 31, 2012
Louisville Slugger All-American Teams
TUCSON, Ariz. - Pac-12 Player of the Year Alex Mejia headlined three Arizona baseball players named to the Louisville Slugger All-American teams announced by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday.
Mejia, UA's junior shortstop, was named to the organization's first team, while pitcher Kurt Heyer was named to the second team and Seth Mejias-Brean was named to the third team. Mejia becomes the first player to earn first team distinction from the organization since pitcher Preston Guilmet in 2007.
On Wednesday, Mejia was named the Pac-12's Player of the Year and its Defensive Player of the Year, while being named to the All-Conference team for a second season in a row.
Arizona's starting shortstop in all 172 games he has played at the school, Mejia turned in a career-best season. He finished third on the team and No. 5 in the Pac-12 with a .357 batting average and led all Pac-12 players with 81 hits during the regular season. Mejia ranked No. 9 with 47 runs scored and tied for No. 10 with 46 RBI, while he was tied for No. 3 in conference with five triples and ranked third on club with three home runs.
Heyer earned All-Conference recognition for the third straight season and was a candidate for Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, which was awarded to Oregon's Alex Keudell. The Wildcats' right-hander turned in a remarkable junior campaign, posting an 11-2 record and a 2.03 earned run average, the lowest among Pac-12 starting pitchers during the regular season. Heyer registered the second-most strikeouts (91) in the Pac-12, and walked just 20 while throwing a league-leading 119.2 innings for Arizona to date. He threw five complete games over the course of his final eight Pac-12 starts, and had six total complete games on the year to lead all Pac-12 pitchers.
Mejias-Brean, a junior who started all 55 games at third base, garners his first All-Conference accolade. The Tucson native finished season ranked No. 7 in the Pac-12 with a .351 batting average and developed into one of the league's top run-producers. He was one of two Pac-12 players (Refsnyder the other) to score at least 50 runs (50) and have at least 50 runs batted in (52). Mejias-Brean led Arizona and ranked tied for second with a career-high 17 doubles, 11 of which came during the 30-game conference slate. He turned in a career-best 21-game hitting streak earlier in the season and carries an eight-game streak into postseason play.
Arizona opens postseason play on Friday against Missouri. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field. The game will be televised on ESPNU.