Tampa natives named to preseason baseball writer's All-SEC baseball team
Tampa's Alex Panteliodis and Preston Tucker joined teammate Austin Maddox in being named to the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-America Team this week.
Maddox, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, was named to the second team. Tucker and Panteliodis were third team selections.
Maddox started 63 games in four different spots - third base (29), designated hitter (19), first base (14) and catcher (1). Maddox hit .333 and held the top spot in RBI (72), multi-RBI games (21), homers (17), hit-by-pitches (eight) and sacrifice flies (five). He scored 48 runs, had 16 doubles and 37 of his 72 RBI came with two out. In league play, Maddox batted .316 with 33 RBI, 23 runs and 11 home runs.
Panteliodis led Florida in several categories last season: including innings pitched (100.0), strikeouts (82), victories (11) and lowest batting average against by a starting pitcher (.234). Over 18 appearances, the left-hander was 11-3 with a 3.51 earned run average. His total of 11 victories was the most by a Gator since Justin Hoyman went 11-2 in 2004 and he was second on the squad with 16 starts behind Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) (17). Panteliodis went 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 SEC starts.
Tucker earned second-team All-SEC honors last spring and was a member of the league’s All-Defensive Team. He started 50 games at first base, seven in right field and six at designated hitter and hit .331 with 50 runs, 49 RBI, 43 walks, 17 doubles, 11 homers and eight stolen bases.