Monday, June 2, 2008

Taylor, Bray named to All-Regional team

Charlotte 49ers baseball players Chris Taylor and Aaron Bray were named to the All-Regional team for the NCAA baseball tournament's Raleigh Regional this past weekend.

Bray, who plays third base, hit a home run in both of Charlotte's losses at the Regional and drove in a team-high five RBIs in two games.

Taylor, Charlotte's senior catcher, had four hits and reached base seven times in two games, scoring a team-high four runs at the Regional. He reached base in his last five plate appearances in a 13-12 loss to James Madison, scoring twice and driving in a run in that span.

Charlotte finished the 2008 season 43-16, winning 40-plus games in back-to-back seasons for the first time. Charlotte set a school record with a .333 batting average en route to back-to-back Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles and consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.

2008 NCAA Tournament NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament Team
P – Blake Cooper, South Carolina; P – Clayton Shunick, NC State; C – Chris Taylor, Charlotte; 1B – Justin Smoak, South Carolina; 2B – Dallas Poulk, NC State; 3B – Aaron Bray, Charlotte; SS – Reese Havens, South Carolina; OF – DeAngelo Mack, South Carolina; OF – Matt Payne, NC State; OF – Whit Merrifield, South Carolina; Most Outstanding Player – Justin Smoak, South Carolina.