Chris Rahl Earns Another First-Team All-America Honor
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - One day after earning his third first-team All-America selection of the 2004 season, William and Mary sophomore rightfielder Chris Rahl (Chesapeake, VA/Great Bridge) earned his fourth today as he was named to the first team by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, a website run by Sean Ryan and Phil Stanton out of Richmond, VA.
Rahl was the only CAA member named to the squad after finishing the season with a .389 batting average, 20 home runs and 70 runs batted in. He earned CAA Player of the Year honors, the first in school history and the first sophomore in league history. He was also the first player in CAA history to record at least 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season. He was earlier named a first-team All-American by Sports Weekly Magazine, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Rahl broke single-season school records in hits (89), total bases (175), stolen bases (42 in 46 attempts), and RBIs (70), and tied single season records in home runs (20), runs scored (73) and triples (8). He ranks among the top 20 in the nation in all of those categories.
The Tribe finished the 2004 season with a school record 37 wins, besting the previous record of 35 set by the 2001 team that captured the CAA Championship.
2004 College Baseball Insider All-America First Team
C- Kurt Suzuki, Cal State Fullerton
1B- Billy Becher, New Mexico State
2B- Jarrett Hoffpauir, Southern Miss
SS- Brian Bixler, Eastern Michigan
3B-Alex Gordon, Nebraska
OF-Chris Rahl, William and Mary
OF-Eric Nielsen, UNLV
OF-Ryan Jones, East Carolina
UT- Joe Koshansky, Virginia
UT- Stephen Head, Mississippi
DH-Josh Brady, Texas Tech
SP- Jered Weaver, Long Beach St.
SP-Wade Townsend, Rice
SP-Phillip Humber, Rice
SP-J.P. Howell, Texas
SP-Justin Hoyman, Florida
SP-Jason Windsor, CS Fullerton
SP-Matt Fox, Central Florida
RP-Jon Wilson, Winthrop
RP-Chad Blackwell, South Carolina
RP-Huston Street, Texas
RP-Austin Tubb, Southern Miss