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Baker, Reba Collect More Honors

Baker, Reba Collect More Honors

June 18, 2001

Clemson, SC – Third baseman Jeff Baker and pitcher Steve Reba picked up more honors when they were named first team All-Atlantic Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Because they were named to the first team All-Region, both players were eligible to be selected as an ABCA All-American. Baker was named to the second team while Reba was named to the third team. Baker was also named a second team All-American at third base by The Sporting News.

Baker had one of the most productive seasons in school history from the plate as he belted 23 home runs, one short of the Clemson singles season record. The sophomore set school marks for the most home runs after two seasons (34) and most multi-homer games in a season (five) and career (seven) while driving in an ACC-best 75 RBIs. He has already been named first team All-ACC, a first team Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a second team All-American by Baseball Weekly.

Reba had a breakthrough year for the Tigers and led the ACC with a 12-3 record with a 2.58 ERA. The junior righthander allowed opponents to bat only .212 against him while striking out 103 batters. His best game of the year was a complete game, three-hit shutout against Georgia Tech, which entered the game with the nation’s best batting average. Reba has also been named first team All-ACC and a third team Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

All-Atlantic Region
First Team Second Team
Starting Pitchers: Steve Reba, Clemson Ben Thurmond, Winthrop
Jason Arnold, Central Florida Tom Farmer, Miami (FL)
Justin Pope, Central Florida Blair Varnes, Florida State
Relief Pitcher: Dave Bush, Wake Forest Casey Shumaker, Jacksonville
First Base: Ryan Barthelemy, Florida State Philip Hartig, The Citadel
Second Base: Chad Ehrnsberger, Central Florida Andy Wilson, Stetson
Third Base: Jeff Baker, Clemson Victor Menocal, Georgia Tech
Shortstop: Javy Rodriguez, Miami (FL) Richard Lewis, Georgia Tech
Catcher: Bryan Prince, Georgia Tech Chad Oliva, Jacksonville
Designated Hitter: Scott Henley, Georgia Southern Chris Carter, Coastal Carolina
Outfield: John-Ford Griffin, Florida State Frank Corr, Stetson
Cory Sullivan, Wake Forest Jeff Christy, Stetson
Donovan Minero, Western Carolina Mike Rodriguez, Miami (FL)