June 2, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior designated hitter Chris Carlson and left-handed junior Danny Ray Herrera were named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams announced today by "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper. The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper.
Carlson, who garnered first team accolades for the second consecutive year, hit .366 (86-for-235) with 63 runs, 16 doubles, 21 home runs and a team-high 79 RBI. Last season Carlson was the first Lobo to garner first-team honors since Travis Young in 1996. The Topeka, Kan. native, 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), is the only Lobo recognized as both twice. Carlson was named a first-team Academic All-American earlier this week for his 3.69 GPA in General Management, after claiming second-team honors last season. He was also named Louisville Slugger Player of the Week and MWC Player of the Week on April 17 along with All-MWC first team and MWC all-tournament team honors.
This is the sixth time in school history the New Mexico baseball program has produced two All-Americans in the same season and the first time in back-to-back seasons. The Lobos also had two All-Americans in 1980 (Duffy Ryan, Keith Hagman), 1985 (Jim Fregosi, Dean Duane), 1993 (Luke Ogelsby, Mark Gulseth), 2003 (Chris Alexander, Dusty Young) and 2005 (Carlson and Jordan Pacheco). Carlson and Herrera are the 11th and 12th All-Americans in UNM head coach Rich Alday's tenure.