For Immediate Release:
The Arkansas EXPRESS Baseball program announces its 2012 Pre-Season All-Collegiate Team including Pitcher of the Year, Hitter of the Year and Player of the Year awards.
All players listed are former Arkansas EXPRESS players.
The Arkansas EXPRESS Baseball program is the elite showcase baseball program in the state of Arkansas and one of the top programs in the Mid-South. The EXPRESS have sent over 100 players to college baseball in the last 3 years including 22 to Division 1. The EXPRESS had 8 current players sign a National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 baseball in the 2011 Early Signing Period.
2012 Pre-Season All-Collegiate Team
DJ Baxendale – JR. University of Arkansas
Nathan Eller – JR. Henderson State University
Andrew Hohn – SO. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Bryce Biggerstaff – SO. University of Central Arkansas
Chris Oliver – FR. University of Arkansas
Justin Treece – SO. Crowder College
Mitchell Powers – JR. University of the Ozarks
Griffin Glaude – FR. University of Central Arkansas
Tony Sandifer – FR. Crowder College
Ethan Harris – JR. University of Central Arkansas
Logan Pearson – FR. Crowder College
Madison Beaird – JR. Arkansas Tech University
Stuart Levy – FR. Arkansas State University
Pitcher of the Year: DJ Baxendale JR. University of Arkansas
Hitter of the Year: Mitchell Powers JR. University of the Ozarks
Player of the Year: DJ Baxendale JR. University of Arkansas
A native of Jacksonville, Ark., Baxendale finished his sophomore season with a 10-2 record, three saves and a 1.58 ERA in 19 appearances, including 12 starts. A second-team All-SEC selection, Baxendale became the first Razorback to record double-digit wins in a season since Nick Schmidt in 2007 and his 1.58 ERA was the fifth-best single-season ERA in program history and ranked him 10th nationally. Baxendale finished the year strong, winning five of his last six starts, including throwing eight shutout innings in a win over New Mexico in the Tempe Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Baxendale was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament Team after his performance against the Lobos.
Entering his junior season, Baxendale has a 10-4 career record with 10 saves and a 2.41 ERA in 48 appearances, including 15 starts. Baxendale's career ERA currently ranks him fifth in school history, while his 10 saves is tied for seventh in school annals. Baxendale has thrown 145.2 innings, striking out 121 and holding opposing hitters to a .248 batting average.
Baxendale played for the Y-D Red Sox in the Summer of 2010 and was named Y-D Pitcher of the Year. In the summer of 2011, Baxendale darned the red, white and blue of Team USA. He finished second on the team in strikeouts.
Baxendale was recently named a Pre-Season All-American by Louisville Slugger, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)