Dozier Named Preseason First Team All-America
Dec. 13, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Stephen F. Austin junior shortstop Hunter Dozier has been named to the 13th preseason first team all-America squad as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday.
Dozier is the first Lumberjack in program history to earn preseason all-America honors from the NCBWA with former `Jacks Steven Hill and Bryson Myles each having previously earned postseason nods from the association.
The junior from Denton was a first team all-Southland Conference choice as a sophomore and led SFA in nearly every offensive category a year ago, hitting .357 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI and also led the league with a school-record 22 doubles while being one of just two on the roster to start and play in all 59 games on the year.
His .595 slugging percentage was second in the league only to UTA's Preston Beck - a 5th-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers - while also being one of just four players in the SLC to hit at least 10 home runs on the season.
That came on the heels of a freshman season in 2010 in which he hit .315 with 34 RBI and 13 doubles in 50 starts. He enters his junior season needing just one more two-bagger to tie the school doubles record for his career and nine RBI to break into the school's top 10 in that category.
Dozier was one of just two Southland players to be named to any of the NCBWA's three preseason all-America teams, but the only one to have played in the SLC a year ago with Oral Roberts' right-hander Drew Bowen also being named to the third team staff.
Dozier and the `Jacks open up the 2013 season on Feb. 15 with a three-game series at South Alabama.