Jan. 11, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Chris Carlson and sophomore Jordan Pacheco were named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans, selected by Collegiate Baseball prior to the 2006 season. Carlson was honored on the first team as a designated hitter while Pacheco made the second team as a second baseman.
The tandem made school history last year as the New Mexico baseball program produced two All-Americans in the same season for jsut the fifth time. Carlson earned first-team accolades as a DH, while Pacheco was chosen to the third team as a second baseman.
Carlson is the first Lobo to garner first-team honors since Travis Young in 1996. The Topeka, Kan., native, who played his first season for UNM in 2005 after transferring from Kansas State, also became just the third player in program history to earn All-America and Academic All-America honors in the same season (Travis Young, 1996; Dusty Young, 2003). He was named a second-team Academic All-American earlier this week for his 3.80 GPA in General Management.
On the field, Carlson stepped right into the heart of the Lobo order and made an immediate impact, establishing himself as one of the top sluggers in the nation. He led the Mountain West Conference in runs (66), slugging (.764) and walks (38), and was ranked in the top five in batting (.395), on-base percentage (.478), hits (87), doubles (24), homers (15) and total bases (168). Carlson, the Mountain West Player of the Week on March 14, was also named to the All-MWC and All-MWC Tournament teams this season.
The Lobos also had two All-Americans in 1980 (Duffy Ryan, Keith Hagman), 1985 (Jim Fregosi, Dean Duane), 1993 (Luke Ogelsby, Mark Gulseth) and 2003 (Chris Alexander, Dusty Young). Carlson and Pacheco are the ninth and 10th All-Americans in UNM head coach Rich Alday's tenure.
The three All-American teams include:
First Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Dallas Buck, Oregon St. (12-1, 2.09 ERA, 118 K, 51 BB)
LHP Andrew Miller, North Carolina (8-4, 2.98 ERA, 104 K, 52 BB)
RHP Max Scherzer, Missouri (9-4, 1.86 ERA, 131 K, 41 BB)
RHP Joba Chamberlain, Nebraska (10-2, 2.81 ERA, 130 K, 33 BB)
RHP Kyle McCulloch, Texas (12-4, 2.92 ERA, 99 K, 45 BB)
RHP Ian Kennedy, Southern California (12-3, 2.54 ERA, 158 K, 38 BB)
Relief Brett Jensen, Nebraska (16 SV, 1.96 ERA, 46 K, 9 BB)
C Chad Tracy, Pepperdine (.367, 22 2B, 12 HR, 61 RBI)
1B Matt LaPorta, Florida (.328, 26 HR, 16 2B, 79 RBI)
2B Taylor Harbin, Clemson (.343, 28 2B, 10 HR, 63 RBI)
3B Wes Hodges, Georgia Tech. (.397, 18 2B, 9 HR, 51 RBI)
SS Jay Heafner, Davidson (.448, 18 2B, 11 HR, 58 RBI, 13 SB)
OF Shane Robinson, Florida St. (.427, 25 2B, 49 SB, 40-game hitting streak)
OF Drew Stubbs, Texas (.311, 20 2B, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 32 SB)
OF Nathan Southard, Tulane (.341, 24 2B, 12 HR, 53 RBI, 16 SB)
DH Chris Carlson, New Mexico (.395, 24 2B, 15 HR, 79 RBI)
UT Joe Savery, Rice (.382, 17 2B, 8-5 pitching record, 2.43 ERA, 129 K, 37 BB)
Second Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Mickey Storey, Florida Atlantic (10-1, 1.70 ERA, 23 BB, 82 K)
LHP Nick Hill, Army (10-2, 1.21 ERA, 19 BB, 90 K)
LHP Scott Reese, Creighton (12-0, 2.85 ERA, 28 BB, 58 K)
RHP Luke Trubee, Dayton (12-3, 2.91 ERA, 16 BB, 82 K)
RHP Johnny Dorn, Nebraska (12-2, 2.16 ERA, 21 BB, 76 K)
RHP Jonah Nickerson, Oregon St. (9-2, 2.13 ERA, 29 BB, 114 K)
RHP Adrian Alaniz, Texas (8-3, 2.67 ERA, 39 BB, 94 K)
Relief Blair Erickson, U.C. Irvine (1-2, 1.80 ERA, 22 BB, 52 K)
Relief Kevin Gunderson, Oregon St. (6-4, 2.76 ERA, 14 BB, 62 K)
C Jeff Kunkel, Michigan (.384, 79 H, 14 2B, 45 RBI)
C J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee (.322, 16 2B, 14 HR, 71 RBI)
1B Matt Rizzotti, Manhattan (.416, 53 R, 21 2B, 57 RBI)
1B Luke Hopkins, New Mexico St. (.392, 19 2B, 14 HR, 79 RBI)
2B Jordan Pacheco, New Mexico (.408, 65 R, 17 2B, 5 3B, 15 HR, 52 RBI)
3B Chris Coghlan, Mississippi (.363, 66 R, 22 2B, 57 RBI)
SS Josh Rodriguez, Rice (.345, 11 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 54 RBI)
OF Mark Wright, Mississippi (.311, 15 2B, 13 HR)
OF Jon Jay, Miami (Fla.) (.408, 50 R, 17 2B, 52 RBI, 13 SB)
OF John Raynor, N.C. Wilmington (.397, 59 R, 17 2B, 5 3B, 56 RBI, 23 SB)
UT Heath Rollins, Winthrop (.341, 57 R, 11 2B, 3 3B, 29 SB)
Third Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Kenn Kasparek, Texas
RHP Eddie Degerman, Rice
RHP Blake Wood, Georgia Tech.
LHP Clay Dirks, Louisiana St.
RHP Tim Lincecum, Washington
RHP Tim Bascom, Central Florida
LHP Keith Weiser, Miami (Ohio)
LHP James Adkins, Tennessee
RHP Daniel Bard, North Carolina
Relief Daniel Best, Southern Mississippi
Relief Tyler Chambliss, Florida St.
Relief Vinnie Pestano, Cal. St. Fullerton
Relief Darren O'Day, Florida
Relief Paul Koss, Southern California
C Jordan Newton, Western Kentucky
C Michael Ambort, Lamar
1B Justin Baum, Pacific
1B Aron Bates, North Carolina St.
1B Mike Priest, Campbell
1B Aaron Grijalva, Liberty
1B Chris Johnson, Stetson
2B Jim Negrych, Pittsburgh
2B Chris Campbell, Charleston
2B Scott Sizemore, Va. Commonwealth
3B Evan Longoria, Long Beach St.
3B Brad Emaus, Tulane
3B Derek Schermerhorn, Wichita St.
3B Beau Mills, Fresno St.
3B Matt Poulk, N.C. Wilmington
SS Mitch Hilligoss, Purdue
SS Chuck Hargis, East Tennessee St.
OF Brennan Boesch, California
OF Mike McBryde, Florida Atlantic
OF Shane Byrne, East Tennessee St.
OF Jeremy Jones, North Carolina A&T
UT Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech.