BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Consistency is the theme that runs through the 2007 Rivals.com All-America Baseball teams.
Despite getting knocked out by Michigan in the Regional round, Vanderbilt leads the charge on the first team with four players – third baseman Pedro Alvarez, outfielder Dominic de la Osa, starting pitcher David Price and closer Casey Weathers. Shortstop Ryan Flaherty earned second team honors.
Rice utility player Joe Savery is on the first team, while Virginia's Jacob Thompson, UC Riverside's James Simmons and Charlotte's Adam Mills highlight an impressive crop of starting pitchers.
There is little dropoff on the second team. Arizona's Preston Guilmet, San Diego's Brian Matusz, Florida State's Bryan Henry and Texas A&M's Kyle Nicholson lead the charge as starting pitchers.
Interestingly enough, only four players on the first team are still alive in the postseason, while seven on the second team still have a chance to reach the College World Series.
Rivals.com 2007 All-America teams
: Matt Wieters Georgia Tech, Jr., 6-5, 230
After a slow start, the talented catcher turned it on at the halfway point of the season. In what will likely be his last year at Georgia Tech, Wieters tallied impressive numbers. The junior finished the year hitting .358 with 10 home runs, 17 doubles and 59 RBIs. He also slugged .592 and had a .480 on-base percentage. Wieters is truly one of the best.
: Ed Easley Mississippi State, Jr., 6-0, 192
After surprising Florida State over the weekend, the Bulldogs now have a chance to reach the College World Series with Clemson coming to town. Several players have risen to the occasion, but none more than the junior catcher. Easley enters the weekend hitting an impressive .367 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs. The veteran also has 15 doubles.
: Brett Wallace Arizona State, So., 6-1, 245
There are few players in college baseball more impressive than this sophomore. With the Sun Devils eyeing Omaha, Wallace has put together another impressive offensive campaign. The second-year player is hitting a team-high .420 with 15 home runs and 74 RBIs. Wallace also has a .712 slugging percentage and a .500 OBP.
: Dustin Ackley North Carolina, Fr., 6-1, 184
In just his first season with the Tar Heels, Ackley has become one of the most feared hitters in college baseball. The freshman enters the Super Regionals hitting a team-leading .427 with seven home runs and 65 RBIs. Ackley also has a .608 slugging percentage and a .465 on-base percentage. Additionally, he has hit 19 doubles this season.
: Tony Thomas Jr. Florida State, Jr., 5-10, 180
The nation's most dynamic player won't be playing in a Super Regional, but has already staked his claim in the record book. The junior had a sensational season at the plate, hitting a team-leading .430 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs. Thomas also slugged .733 and had a .522 OBP. In addition, the veteran recorded 33 doubles and swiped 31 bases.
: Tyler Mach Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-0, 207
The senior second baseman has finished the season on a tear, and is one of many reasons why the Cowboys are playing for a chance at the College World Series. Mach is hitting an impressive .401 with 16 home runs and 81 RBIs. He's also slugging .700 and has a .463 on-base percentage. In addition, Mach has hit 24 doubles and has 173 total bases for the Cowboys.
: Todd Frazier Rutgers, Jr., 6-4, 220
The Scarlet Knights made a strong run to the postseason, and the junior shortstop was an integral piece throughout the season. Frazier had a phenomenal year at the plate, hitting a team-leading .381 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs. The veteran also slugged .766 and had a .505 OBP. Frazier recorded 22 doubles and had 183 total bases.
: Ryan Flaherty Vanderbilt, So., 6-3, 200
The Commodores didn't end their season as planned, but you can't argue with the production of the sophomore shortstop. Flaherty finished the season with a 35-game hitting streak, which ranks second all-time in the SEC. He also finished the year hitting .381 with four home runs and 57 RBIs. Flaherty slugged .531 and was one of the nation's top fielders.
: Pedro Alvarez Vanderbilt, So., 6-2, 215
After having a fruitful freshman campaign, Alvarez followed that up with another productive year at the plate. The sophomore finished the season hitting a team-leading .386 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs. He also slugged .684 and had a .463 on-base percentage. In addition, Alvarez hit 21 doubles and had three triples for the Commodores.
: Bradley Suttle Texas, So., 6-2, 213
Suttle is a pure infielder in every sense of the word. The sophomore finished the season with a .359 batting average. He also hit 12 home runs and had 68 RBIs. In addition, Suttle finished the year slugging .603 with a .450 on-base percentage. The second-year player also fielded his position at an impressive .970 clip for the Longhorns.
: Kyle Russell Texas, So., 6-5, 185
The sophomore slugger finished the season on a negative note, but had a sensational year at the plate. Russell became one of the nation's top power hitters, hitting .336 with 28 home runs and 71 RBIs. The sophomore also slugged .807 and had a .456 on-base percentage. In addition, Russell had 11 doubles, five triples and 180 total bases.
After suffering a hamstring injury last season, Widlansky battled back with a vengeance this year. Despite a less-than-stellar season from the Owls, Widlansky had a huge year at the plate. The junior finished the season hitting a team-leading .433 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs. The veteran also slugged .729 and had a .498 OBP. He had 24 doubles for the Owls.
: Kellen Kulbacki James Madison, Jr., 5-11, 205
The Dukes had a dismal season on the diamond, but Kulbacki was outstanding once again. The junior started the season on a slow note, but quickly heated up. He finished the season hitting a team-leading .398 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs. The veteran also had a .785 slugging percentage and a .538 OBP to go with 15 doubles and 150 total bases.
: Corey Brown Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-2, 210
One of the best power hitters in the game, Brown has had another impressive year at the plate. He has played a big part in the Cowboys' run to the Super Regionals. The senior is hitting .339 with 21 home runs and 70 RBIs. He's also slugging .743 and has an impressive .495 on-base percentage. In addition, Brown has hit 15 doubles and has five triples.
: Dominic de la Osa Vanderbilt, Jr., 5-11, 190
The Commodores spent much of the season as the top-ranked team in the land. Dominic de la Osa was a huge part of that. The junior outfielder put together an impressive year at the plate, hitting .378 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. He also finished the year slugging .727 with a .452 OBP. In addition, the veteran hit 23 doubles and had 181 total bases.
: Grant Desme Cal Poly, Jr., 6-2, 210
Thanks to many productive nights from Desme, the Mustangs nearly reached the NCAA Tournament this spring. Desme had a sensational year at the plate, hitting a team-leading .405 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs. He also finished the year slugging .733 with a .494 OBP. He stroked 17 doubles and had 143 total bases in a fine juinor campaign.
: Matt LaPorta Florida, Sr., 6-1, 215
The senior battled the injury bug throughout the year, but still managed to put together one of the nation's most productive offensive campaigns. LaPorta finished the season hitting a team-leading .402 with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs. He also slugged .817 and had a .582 OBP. The veteran hit 10 doubles and had 138 total bases.
: Eric Sogard Arizona State, Jr., 5-10, 180
After earning many accolades last season, Sogard has continued his successful ways this season. The junior enters the Tempe Super Regional hitting .390 with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs. The veteran also has a .610 slugging percentage and a .485 on-base percentage. Sogard has hit 12 doubles and four triples, and is also outstanding in the field.
: Blake Stouffer Texas A&M, Jr., 6-1, 185
With a miraculous turnaround this season, the Aggies are one of the top stories of the year. Add Blake Stouffer to that equation as well. The junior had a less-than-stellar offensive campaign last season, but is hitting a team-leading .402 with 11 homers and 84 RBIs. The veteran is also slugging .663 and has a .490 OBP to go with 22 doubles.
: Yonder Alonso Miami, So., 6-2, 215
After having a productive freshman campaign last season, Alonso only built on that this season. The sophomore batted a team-leading .376 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs. He also finished the season slugging .705 with a .519 OBP. Alonso hit 13 doubles and had 148 total bases for the Hurricanes.
: Joe Savery Rice, Jr., 6-3, 215
There's not a more important two-way player in the country than Savery. The veteran is one of Rice's top arms in the weekend rotation, and he is also a key contributor at the plate. Savery enters the Houston Super Regional hitting a team-leading .360 with four homers and 54 RBIs. On the mound, Savery is 10-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 87 1/3 innings.
: Sean Doolittle Virginia, Jr., 6-2, 180
In what could be his final season with the Cavaliers, the junior two-way player had another productive year both at the plate and on the mound. On the mound, Doolittle finished the season 8-3 with a 2.40 ERA in 82 1/3 innings. He also struck out 69 and walked 21. At the plate, Doolittle batted .301 with seven homers and 53 RBIs. He also had 14 doubles.
: David Price Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-5, 215
In what will likely be his final season with the Commodores, Price certainly had a year to remember. The junior left-hander went 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 133 1/3 innings. He struck out 194 and walked 31, while opponents hit him at a .199 clip. Price also threw five complete games this season, while allowing just 39 earned runs and three homers.
: Preston Guilmet Arizona, So., 6-2, 190
There were few pitchers in college baseball more dominant than the sophomore right-hander. Guilmet had a sensational season. The second-year player finished the year 12-2 with a 1.87 ERA in 135 innings. He also struck out 146 and walked 34, while opponents hit him at a .205 clip. Guilmet threw five complete games this season.
: Jacob Thompson Virginia, So., 6-6, 205
After having an impressive freshman campaign, the right-hander followed that up with an even better sophomore season. The second-year player finishes the year with a perfect 11-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in 114 innings. He also struck out 101 and walked 32, while opponents hit .198 off him. He also threw two complete games.
: Brian Matusz San Diego, So., 6-4, 193
The Toreros didn't finish the year like they had hoped for, but the sophomore left-hander still had a very good season on the mound. Matusz became one of the nation's top pitchers this season. The lefty finished the year 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 123 innings. He also struck out 163 and walked 37, while opponents hit him at a .214 clip in 18 starts for the Toreros.
: James Simmons UC Riverside, Jr., 6-4, 215
Outside of David Price, no pitcher had a more impressive season than the talented junior right-hander. Simmons had a year to remember, going 11-3 with a 2.40 ERA in 123 2/3 innings. The veteran also struck out 116 and walked 15, while opponents hit him at a .220 clip. In addition, Simmons threw five complete games in 17 starts.
: Bryan Henry Florida State, Sr., 6-3, 202
In his final season with the Seminoles, Henry had a year to remember. The senior finished was 14-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 117 2/3 innings of work. The veteran also struck out 117 and walked 27, while opponents hit him at a .238 clip. In addition, the right-hander finishes his career as one of the top pitchers in Florida State history.
: Adam Mills Charlotte, Sr., 6-0, 195
What a senior season Mills had. In his last year with the 49ers, Mills led the team to a berth in the Columbia, S.C., Regional. He finished the year 14-2 with a 1.01 ERA in 142 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out 141 and walked 27, while opponents hit him at a .188 clip. Mills also threw eight complete games in 18 starts.
: Kyle Nicholson Texas A&M, Sr., 5-11, 210
Much like Adam Mills, Nicholson made a name for himself in his last season with the Aggies. The senior right-hander enters the Houston Super Regional with an 11-2 record and a 2.17 ERA in 120 1/3 innings of work. The veteran has also struck out 98 and walked 20, while opponents are hitting him at a .212 clip. He has three complete games.
: Casey Weathers Vanderbilt, Sr., 6-1, 200
The Commodores put together an impressive resume during the regular season, and the senior right-hander was always there in relief. Weathers had a season to remember, going 12-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 49 1/3 innings. The veteran also struck out 75 and walked 21, while opponents hit him at a .154 clip. Weathers had 31 appearances for the Commodores.
: Pat Venditte Creighton, Jr., 6-1, 190
It's not every day that you see a switch-pitcher, but Creighton junior Pat Venditte fits that mold. Venditte throws right-handed against right-handed batters and goes southpaw to lefties. The veteran had a sensational year at the Jays' top reliever. Venditte finished the season with an 8-2 record and a 1.88 ERA in 95 2/3 innings. He struck out 99, walked 22 and opponents hit .189 off him in 38 appearances.
: Andrew Carignan North Carolina, Jr., 5-11, 215
After losing a pair of weekend starters last season, Carignan's role become even larger. That was no problem for the junior right-hander, who has recorded 14 saves and has a 1.53 ERA in 47 innings of work. Carignan has also struck out 56 and walked 19, while opponents are hitting him at a .191 clip. He has allowed just eight earned runs this season.
: Bobby Bramhall Rice, Jr., 5-11, 180
Without reliever Cole St. Clair in the mix for much of the season, Bramhall was the glue that kept the Rice bullpen together during that time. His role was huge. The junior left-hander enters the Houston Super Regional with six saves and a 1.94 ERA in 55 2/3 innings of work. He has also struck out 72 and walked 27, while opponents are hitting him at a .165 clip.