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Hoekstra highlight preseason all-OVC team
Senior outfielder Chad Oberacker of Tennessee
Tech was named Preseason Player of the Year and junior Mike
Hoekstra of Eastern Illinois was selected as Preseason Pitcher
of the Year to headline the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference
Preseason All-Conference Team, as voted by the head coaches and
released by the league office.
Oberacker was a first team
All-OVC selection in 2010. He batted .452 a season ago with 108
hits, 29 doubles, 67 runs, 70 RBI and 14 steals. Oberacker was
taken in the 19th round of last year’s draft by the St. Louis
Cardinals, but decided to return to school.
Hoekstra was 4-4 this past season with a 4.16
ERA. He had two complete games, including one shutout. Hoekstra
tallied 39 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Southeast Missouri placed six on the preseason
All-OVC team. UT Martin is the only other school with multiple
honorees with three.
The 63rd season of OVC baseball begins on Friday,
Feb. 18. Conference play starts the weekend of March 26-27. The
2011 OVC Tournament will be held for the second consecutive
season at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn., from May 25-29.
2011 OVC Preseason All-Conference Team
Pos. Name, Class, School
C Taylor Davis, Morehead State, Jr.
1B Wes Patterson, UT Martin, Sr.
2B #Jon Clinard, Austin Peay, Jr.
SS #Kenton Parmley, Southeast Missouri, Jr.
3B #Trey Karlen, UT Martin, Sr.
OF *Chad Oberacker, Tennessee Tech, Sr.
OF #Louis Haseltine, Southeast Missouri, Sr.
OF #Michael Adamson, Southeast Missouri, Sr.
OF #Jordan Owen, UT Martin, Jr.
DH Jacob Daniel, Eastern Kentucky, Jr.
UT *Casey Jones, Southeast Missouri, Sr.
SP Mike Hoekstra, Eastern Illinois, Jr.
SP Jordan Underwood, Southeast Missouri, Sr.
RP *Shae Simmons, Southeast Missouri, So.
* - 2010 first team All-OVC
# - 2010 second team All-OVC
Preseason Player of the Year
– Chad Oberacker, Tennessee Tech
Preseason Pitcher of the Year
– Mike Hoekstra, Eastern Illinois