December 16, 2010

Oberacker named third-team pre-season All American by NCBWA

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Named to four post-season All America teams after his performance at Tennessee Tech last season, Chad Oberacker returns to the Golden Eagle line-up having been named to the NCBWA’s third-team pre-season list.

He is the only Ohio Valley Conference player to be named to an All-America team by the NCBWA this pre-season.

Oberacker finished last season ranked no. 3 in the nation, leading the Golden Eagles and the Ohio Valley Conference with a batting average of .452. In addition to being named third-team by the NCBWA, he was also a first-team All-American selection by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball and a second-team choice by both Ping!Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association. With four All-America team appearances in one season, he is one of the most recognized players in Tech baseball history.

His current career batting average of .395 takes top honors in Tech history, as does his statistic of nine career triples at Tech. Batting in 70 runs this year also placed him in the number three spot on the short list of four players to have batted in more than 60 runs in a single season.

Last season, batting in the clean-up position, Oberacker consistently hit over .400 and finished fourth in the nation in total hits with 108 - a statistic that ranks first in the OVC - 40 of which were for extra bases. Throughout the season he maintained an on-base percentage of .527 and slugged .690. He set single season records in 2010 for hits and doubles with 29, which ranks first in the OVC, and he ranks second in Tech's single season history in total bases with 165.

Being the only Golden Eagle to play and start all 56 games in a field position last year, Oberacker recorded a conference-high 281 total plate appearances, rounding the bases 67 times and logging five triples, six homers and 34 walks in 2010. He also recorded an outstanding 36 multi-hit games and fielded .992 on the season.

Oberacker also became the first Golden Eagle to be named Academic All-District as well as to an All-American team. He was on the 2010 OVC all-tournament team, earned OVC Player of the Week Honors and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.