Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chris Taylor named 3rd team All-American

Charlotte 49ers senior catcher Chris Taylor has been named a third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger/TPX, the second consecutive year a Charlotte player has received the honor.

Taylor, who starred at Mount Pleasant High, leads Charlotte and the Atlantic 10 Conference with 19 home runs. He also 18 doubles this season.
Pitcher Adam Mills and outfielder Brad McElroy was named All-Americans last season.

Taylor is in the top 10 in team history for career hits (sixth), runs (ninth), doubles (third), home runs (fifth), runs batted in (third), and games played (ninth). Earlier this year, Taylor set a school record with a home run in five consecutive games.

His 18th home run of the year clinched the regular-season conference title in the bottom of the tenth against Rhode Island in Charlotte's regular season finale.

Taylor had a pair of home runs last year in NCAA Regional play in Columbia, S.C. He became the first player in team history to hit two homers in a game in the postseason.

1 comments:

David McKnight said...

Chris Taylor and his 49er teammates will get a good test in their NCAA regional at N.C. State this weekend, with their first opponent being a strong outfit from South Carolina.

Here's hoping the 49ers and any of their fans traveling to Raleigh for the games at refurbished Doak Field on the N.C. State campus, will find the surroundings much to their liking.

The folks at State are sure to be great hosts for this regional. Naturally they'll be backing the Pack to the hilt, but visitors to the State campus will always feel welcome as the university looks forward to hosting an entire range of academic and athletic events through the year.

Visitors should be sure to take a stroll through NCSU's Hillsborough Street business district, where the folks at the many friendly restaurants, taverns and coffee shops are always glad to see out-of-town patrons in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, college baseball fans are in for a real treat at the two regional tournaments taking place this weekend in Raleigh and Cary, where the UNC Tar Heels will be hosting. Let's hope that Charlotte will host an NCAA baseball regional in the future.

Good luck, 49ers! Our friends at State love to say, "How about that Pack!" So at our jazz brunch gig there at the Global Village Coffee House Saturday morning, I will be sure to try a variation on the theme: "How about those 49ers!"