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Saint Louis' Alex Kelly Named ABCA All-American

Release: 06/19/2013
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Louis' Alex Kelly was named a Third-Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), while St. Bonaventure's Jason Radwan and Rhode Island's Sean Furney were named to the Northeast All-Region Team. VCU's Matt Lees, La Salle's Pat Christensen and Richmond's Jacob Mayers were also named to the East All-Region Team.

Kelly helped the Billikens to their second consecutive 41-win season, a school record for wins. He led the team in batting average (.326), slugging percentage (.487), home runs (8), RBIs (41) and runs (43). Kelly also earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors this season.

He finished his SLU career with a .334 batting average (10th all-time), 20 home runs (11th all-time) and 30 doubles (20th all-time).  In Kelly's two years of competition, the Billikens won two Atlantic 10 regular season titles, the 2013 Atlantic 10 Tournament title and competed in the 2013 NCAA Columbia Regional.

Kelly becomes the fifth All-American in Saint Louis history. Last season, Travis Parker earned third-team All-American and first-team All-Midwest Region accolades. Mike Barger (third team, 1993), John Marcum (1965) and John Jones (1959) are the other All-Americans for the Billikens.

A first-team all-region choice, Radwan, orchestrated one of the best offensive seasons in program history as he led the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranked fifth in the nation in batting average at .405.

Radwan also led the conference in hits during the regular season with 75, despite Bonaventure playing the third-fewest games of all A-10 members. He paced the A-10 in on-base percentage at .481, once again a stark contrast to his nearest competitor who was 24 points behind him.

The Angola, N.Y., native's batting average was the sixth-best single-season performance in program history, and he was only the third player all-time with 70 or more hits in a single season - and he accomplished that with just the seventh-most at bats in a campaign. Radwan's on-base percentage ranked among the nation's best as he is currently 18th in the country in that category as the College World Series got underway this past weekend.

A 2012 A-10 First Team selection and 2011 A-10 Second Team member, Radwan graduated with the second-most hits in program history (254), finishing just shy of Brian Pellegrini's record of 262 from 2004-07. He also finished his career with the seventh-best batting average all-time (.344), the second-most runs scored (151), the second-most walks (109), the fifth-most triples (seven) and the eighth-most doubles (43).

Furney, who was named to the second-team went 7-4 and was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year after finishing the regular season with a 1.98 ERA. He earned National Pitcher of the Week honors in early April and combined to post a 0.75 ERA and a .167 opposing average (7H/1R) over 12.0 innings pitched at #9 Florida State and #8 Ole Miss.  Furney was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a free agent last week.  As a junior starter, he went 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA and a .217 opposing average, en route to earning All-New England honors.

Following a breakout season in the VCU bullpen, sophomore closer Lees was named to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association(ABCA)/Rawlings All-East Region Second Team.

Lees, who led the Rams with 30 appearances, recorded 11 saves and threw 51.2 innings this past season. The Richmond, Va. native finished the year allowing only 12 runs, just seven earned, with a 1.22 ERA, and 39 strikeouts.

Lees' 11 saves in 2013 places him in third place on VCU single-season saves list. The sophomore has already compiled 13 career saves, which is good for fifth place on VCU's career list.

Christensen has added another item to his trophy case after being named a Rawlings/ABCA All Region first-team honoree.

The La Jolla, Calif. native posted a 2.52 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 50.0 innings this season and earned a win or save in 17 of the Explorers' 24 victories. A first-team all-Atlantic 10 choice, Christensen registered an A-10 best 0.94 ERA in league play.  A 2011 East all-region choice, Christensen ended his career with 44 saves, good for fifth-most in NCAA Division I history.  Christensen was a 27th round selection of the Houston Astros.

Mayers rounded out his outstanding career for the Spiders with a fantastic senior season.  Mayers led the Spiders in batting average (.359), hits (75), and home runs (7).

The Mechanicsville, Va. native had 24 multi-hit games during the season, including seven three-hit games. The senior also had 11 multi-RBI contests, including three games with three runs driven in.  For his career, Mayers hit .338 with 36 doubles, two triples 21 home runs, 105 RBI and 98 runs scored. Mayers was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round with the 570th overall pick

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