December 17, 2010

Make that two; Oberacker selected second-team pre-season All America by Louisville Slugger

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Once again, senior Chad Oberacker becomes the only returning player in OVC baseball to be named to a pre-season All America team, as he was selected second team by Louisville Slugger Baseball.

This selection marks the second pre-season All America appearance for Oberacker this season, as the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) named him third team pre-season All America earlier this week.

Oberacker appeared on four post-season All America teams last year, including the Ping!Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association lists, in addition to the Louisville Slugger and NCBWA post-season team lists.

An Erie, Pennsylvania native, the center fielder finished his season ranked no. 3 in the nation, leading the Golden Eagles and the Ohio Valley Conference with a batting average of .452. Batting in the clean-up position, Oberacker consistently hit over .400 for the entire season, 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. His career batting average of .395 takes top honors in Tech history.

Throughout the season he maintained an on-base percentage of .527 and slugged .690, batting in 70 runs and becoming just the fourth athlete in Tech history to bring in over 60 runs in one season, earning him the three spot in Tech record books. 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. Oberacker is also tied for the top spot in Tech record books with nine career triples.

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

Additionally, Oberacker received Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week accolades for week 13 of the season, was named first team All-OVC and second team Academic All-District. He becomes the first baseball player in history to be named to an All-America team as well as to an Academic All-District team. He was named to the 2010 OVC all-tournament team and was honored as Tennessee Tech University's Co-Male Athlete of the Year award, as well as being on the 2010 John Olerud Two-Way Player watch list.