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    ATU's Abreu, Taylor earn All-Region honors

    2:12 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (ATU) - Arkansas Tech second baseman Cesar Abreu picked up his second All-Central Region First Team honor, and pitcher Ryan Taylor earned a second team honor as the 2013 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) teams were announced over the weekend.

    A previous first-team honoree by Daktronics, Abreu led the Wonder Boys to a 32-21 record and a third-place finish in the Great American Conference this season. His on-base percentage ranked 20th nationally. Abreu saved some of his best work of the season for the last half, finishing the season with a 17-game hitting streak where he hit .410 with 14 RBIs. The senior also was named to the All-Great American Conference First Team, earning a unanimous selection by GAC coaches.

    Taylor earned a second team honor after posting a 10-3 record with a 2.53 ERA in 103.0 innings of work. The junior threw four complete games and allowed 82 hits, 33 runs, 29 earned, while fanning 62 and walking 38, holding opponents to a .230 batting average. He finished second in the GAC in ERA, third in the league in wins, fourth in innings pitched, and fifth in strikeouts, while tying for the league lead in starts.

    Abreu is one of only four GAC players to earn first team honors, as HSU outfielder Zac Zdanowicz, Southeastern Oklahoma designated hitter Evan Ramsey, and Ouachita Baptist pitcher Davis Ward also earned honors. Joining Taylor on the second team from the GAC were SAU shortstop David Harris, SAU outfielder Jason Harris, Northwestern Oklahoma catcher Juan Natal, SAU pitcher James Baune, and Southwestern Oklahoma pitcher Shane Martin.

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