Howard, Cooksey Ranked Nationally in Final Baseball Stats

Posted: July 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior left fielder Evan Howard and freshman center fielder Matt Cooksey are each ranked nationally in the final National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I statistical rankings for the 2002 season. Howard ranked 18th in the nation with 0.45 doubles per game, while Cooksey ranked 25th with 0.62 stolen bases per contest.

Howard earned All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team and All-Virginia honorable mention honors this season. He batted .348 with 25 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 42 runs batted in while starting 56 games for the Patriots. He also set a George Mason single-season record with being hit by pitch 19 times and tied the school mark for doubles.

Cooksey batted .280 with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 24 RBI in 55 games, including 54 starts. He led the Patriots in triples, walks (48), stolen bases (34), and on-base percentage (.432).

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