Dec. 26, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford has earned preseason third-team All-American honors from Louisville Slugger, as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper this week. Earlier this month, Crawford was tabbed a preseason third-team All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
UCLA's team MVP each of the past two seasons, Crawford posted a .335 average with seven home runs and 55 RBI as a sophomore in 2007. He led the Bruins in at-bats (248), hits (83), doubles (17), total bases (125) and stolen bases (11). The junior from Pleasanton, Calif., has started every game (119) since stepping on campus two years ago.
A first-team freshman All-America selection in 2006, Crawford captured All-Pac-10 honors in 2007 after having been named an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection as a freshman. Last spring, he tied for the team lead with 24 multi-hit games and hit safely in 50 of UCLA's 61 games.
Crawford enters the 2008 season with a .327 career average, 13 home runs, 31 doubles, eight triples, 18 stolen bases, 85 RBI and 92 runs.
The 2008 Louisville Slugger preseason All-America teams feature 12 Pac-10 student-athletes, the most of any conference in the nation. The Atlantic Coast Conference has 11 players listed as All-Americans, and the Southeastern Conference features nine selections.