Looze, Gant Named All-American in Baseball

Posted: June 30, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named junior first baseman Chris Looze second-team All-America, the highest honor received by a player in the history of George Mason baseball. The only previous Patriot to be honored by the ABCA as an All-American was Kevin Burke in 1985. Burke, who had 95 hits and 80 RBI that year, was named third-team. Looze broke Burke’s team record for RBI in a single-season this year when he drove in 81 runs.

Joining Looze and becoming only the third Patriot named All-America by the ABCA was junior right-handed pitcher Stacen Gant, who was selected to the third team. Gant is the first George Mason pitcher to receive an All-America honor. In addition, last week Gant was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Pitcher of the Year.

Gant and Looze were also named to the first team of ABCA’s All-East team. Joining them on the first team was senior shortstop Jeff Palumbo. Making the second-team All-East were senior third baseman Nick Shimer and junior outfielder Adam Innerst. Both Palumbo and Shimer have begun their professional careers, Palumbo with the San Francisco Giants and Shimer in the Philadelphia minor-league system. Shimer currently leads his team in homers and slugging percentage and is second in batting average and RBI.

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