Feb. 3, 2010

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Maxfield, Sale take top A-Sun preseason honors


FGCU juniors Zach Maxfield and Chris Sale took top honors as the Atlantic Sun released its preseason all-conference team, as voted by the league’s head coaches and released by the conference office.


Maxfield was named Preseason Player of the Year. The first baseman led the league with 20 home runs and paced the Eagles with 66 RBI.


Sale was the unanimous choice for Preseason Pitcher of the Year. A Preseason All-American, Sale was 7-4 a season ago with a 2.72 ERA. The left-hander was named the top prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer after being named MVP of the league’s All-Star Game.


FGCU led the way with four on the preseason all-conference squad. Joining Maxfield and Sale were junior catcher Robert Green and junior third baseman Tim Roberson.


Jacksonville had three players honored, while Kennesaw State had two.


2010 Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference Team

SP – Matt Loosen, Jr., Jacksonville

SP – Chris Sale, Jr., FGCU

SP – Josh Smith, Sr., Lipscomb

RP – Chris Kaminski, Jr., Jacksonville

C – Robert Green, Jr., FGCU

1B – Zach Maxfield, Jr., FGCU

2B – Chuck Opachich, Sr., Jacksonville

3B – Tim Roberson, Jr., FGCU

SS – Tyler Stubblefield, Sr., Kennesaw State

DH – Aaron Crittenden, Sr., Stetson

OF – Dylan Craig, So., Belmont

OF – Preston Hale, Sr., UNF

OF – Josh Whitaker, Jr., Kennesaw State


Preseason Player of the Year: Zach Maxfield, FGCU

Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Chris Sale*, FGCU


*unanimous selection