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Dec. 15, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Virginia sophomore first baseman/ left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle (Tabernacle, N.J.) has been selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America second team, the organization announced. Doolittle was named to the preseason Wallace Award Watch List in November.

Doolittle, one of the nation’s top two-way players, hit .313 last spring with 70 hits, 11 home runs and 57 RBIs. He started all 59 games in the field for the Cavaliers while helping lead the club to the 2005 ACC Tournament Championship game and a NCAA Regional appearance. Doolittle also made 22 appearances on the mound and going 3-2 with a 1.64 ERA and two saves, He recorded 66 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings. The Tabernacle, N.J. native was also named to the All-ACC Second Team, ACC All-Tournament Team, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team and Baseball America Freshman All-American First Team last season.

Following the collegiate season, Doolittle was selected to the USA Baseball National Team. He posted a .347 batting average during his stint with Team USA – second-highest on the elite American squad. He recorded 17 hits, 11 runs scored, nine RBI and five doubles.

The ACC was well represented on the NCBWA list, as eight league players were selected to the three teams. Sixteen different Division I conferences have representation on the preseason crew while the starting lineup sports a composite batting average of .362, a total of 105 home runs and 491 RBI. Junior outfielder Shane Robinson of Florida State also returns as the only one of four finalists for the coveted Dick Howser Trophy, presented by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the NCBWA. Robinson batted .427 in 2005 and was one of the runners-up to Dick Howser Trophy Award winner third baseman Alex Gordon of Nebraska last summer.

2006 NCWBA Preseason All-America Team
1B Matt LaPorta, Florida
2B Chris Campbell, Coll. of Charleston
3B Jared McGuire, Boston College
SS Josh Rodriguez, Rice
C Michael Ambort, Lamar
OF Brennan Boesch, California
OF Shane Robinson, Florida State
OF Drew Stubbs, Texas
DH/ATH Joe Savery, Rice
SP Nick Hill, Army
SP Max Scherzer, Missouri
SP Dallas Buck, Oregon State
SP Ian Kennedy, Southern California
SP Kyle McCulloch, Texas
RP Erik Morrison, Ball State
RP Scott Reese, Creighton
RP Daniel Best, Southern Miss

1B Adam Carr, Oklahoma State
2B Scott Sizemore, Va. Commonwealth
3B Wes Hodges, Georgia Tech
SS Mitch Hilligoss, Purdue
C Chad Tracy, Pepperdine
OF Jon Jay, Miami (Fla.)
OF Chad Huffman, TCU
OF Nathan Southard
DH/ATH Sean Doolittle, Virginia
DH/ATH Brian Pellegrini, St. Bonaventure
SP Johnny Dorn, Nebraska
SP Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska
SP Andrew Miller, North Carolina
SP Jonah Nickerson, Oregon State
SP Tim Lincecum, Washington
RP Mark Melancon, Arizona
RP Tyler Chambliss, Florida State
RP Kevin Gunderson, Oregon State

1B Matt Rizzotti, Manhattan
2B Adam Davis, Florida
3B Jay Heafner, Davidson
(tie) 3B Brad Emaus, Tulane
SS Blake Davis, Cal State Fullerton
C Jeff Kunkel, Michigan
(tie) C J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee
OF Hunter Mense, Missouri
OF Anthony Wycklendt, Northwestern
OF Jeremy Jones, North Carolina A&T
DH/ATH Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech
DH/ATH Jon Willard, South Carolina
DH/ATH Justin Baum, Pacific

SP John Ely, Miami (Ohio)
SP James Adkins, Tennessee
SP Adrian Alaniz, Texas
SP Tim Bascom, UCF
SP Jared Hughes, Long Beach State
RP Brett Jensen, Nebraska
RP Blair Erickson, UC Irvine

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