Dec. 14, 2011
2012 NCBWA Preseason All-America Teams (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona junior shortstop Alex Mejia has been named to the preseason All-America second team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Mejia, who was named to the All-Pac-10 team following a stellar sophomore season, is one of five starting position players returning to the Wildcats for the 2012 season. Last spring, Mejia hit .335 with 40 runs scored and 42 runs batted in. He collected 12 doubles, four triples and stole seven bases, while striking out just 23 times in 230 at bats.
A flashy defensive player with good range and a strong arm, Mejia helped the Wildcats turn 55 double plays and post a .976 fielding percentage, the 14th-best mark in the nation. The native of Sylmar, Calif., also led the Wildcats with a .369 batting average over 27 conference games, the second-best clip of any player in Pac-10 games.
Mejia will be joined by fellow juniors Seth Mejias-Brean, Robert Refsnyder and Joey Rickard, along with sophomore Johnny Field, as returning starters. Refsnyder and Rickard were named to the 2011 All-Conference team last summer, while Field was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Kurt Heyer, a two-time All-Conference selection, headlines a pitching staff that also returns Konner Wade, a Cape Cod League All-Star this past summer. Heyer earned All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2011 as a third-team selection.
Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is entering his 11th season with the program. He has guided the school to postseason appearances in seven of the last nine seasons, including two straight. The Wildcats are expected to feature 18 returning players and 17 newcomers to the 2012 club.
Arizona is set to move into a new home ballpark - Hi Corbett Field - for the 2012 season. Season tickets are on sale now and the baseball program has announced a special "Select-A-Seat" event scheduled for Jan. 7 where season ticket holders, Wildcat Club members and the public can tour the new ballpark and select their seats for the upcoming season.
The 2012 season gets underway with a three-game series against North Dakota State Feb. 17-19 at Hi Corbett Field. The Bison are coached by former UA baseball player and assistant coach, Tod Brown. The Wildcats swept the three-game series in Tucson last February.