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Three Baseball Players Selected to All-America Team

June 10, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C – Clemson’s Kurt Bultmann, Patrick Boyd, and Mike Paradis were selected to the NCBWA All-America Baseball Team. Bultmann was a Second-Team selection, Boyd a Third-Team selection, and Paradis was an Honorable Mention pick. The three helped the Tigers to a 42-27 record in ’99 and just three outs away from playing in the College World Series.

Bultmann completed one of the most successful careers by a Tiger by setting the school record for doubles with 82, a mark that also ties the ACC record. He also set the Clemson career record for sacrifice bunts (15), and finished second in games played (259), at bats (953), RBIs (214), and total bases (525). The Seminole, FL native also finished third in runs scored (233), fourth in hits (306), and tied for fourth in homers (43). Bultmann became the first Tiger and sixth ACC player to join the 300-hit, 200-run, and 200-RBI club. The 5′-8″ second baseman was also outstanding in the field, committing just 10 errors for a .969 fielding percentage in ’99. He also batted .327 with 23 doubles, 12 homers, and 72 RBIs as a senior. Bultmann was a 34th-round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ’99 draft.

Boyd, a First-Team All-ACC selection, was remarkable in the last 24 games, getting at least two hits in 17 games and hitting .464 (47-for-101) over that stretch, as he raised his batting average from .338 to .390. Boyd, a sophomore outfielder from Palm Harbor, FL, also led the team in homers with 17, had 22 doubles, drove in 70 runs, and stole 20 bases along with a .490 on base percentage. He was hampered the first-half of the season with a torn labrum. He had surgery earlier in the season to correct the problem and missed six games.

Paradis emerged as the leader in the starting rotation in ’99. He was 6-1 with a 4.37 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 90.2 innings pitched. In his first two seasons, control problems plagued the righthander, but Paradis had command of all his pitches in ’99. A key to his success was his ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone, as the Auburn, MA native threw 114 ground ball outs compared to just 55 fly ball outs. Paradis was a first-round selection, 13th pick overall, by the Baltimore Orioles in the ’99 draft.