USF's Merrell, Lawson make All-AAC team
USF sophomore 2B/SS Kevin Merrell, the Bulls' leading hitter (.309) entering this week's American Athletic Conference tournament, is a first-team selection on the coaches All-AAC team released Monday.
The entire team can be seen here. A Steinbrenner High alumnus, Merrell is the Bulls' only first-teamer. Former Hernando High ace Brandon Lawson (5-5, 2.49 ERA) made the second team.
USF's leadoff hitter, Merrell, who missed more than a dozen games with a wrist injury, owns the Bulls' best on-base percentage (.405) and has converted 16 of his 17 stolen-base attempts. He enters the league tourney at Bright House Field with a home run, 21 RBI and four doubles.
Lawson, a 6-foot-3 junior considered one of the team's top draft prospects, leads the American with 103 strikeouts in 94 innings. He ranks among the league's top 10 in ERA, opponents' batting average (.220) and innings pitched.