Tech Trio Named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans

Dec. 17, 2010

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech baseball’s Jed Bradley, Mark Pope and Matt Skole were named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team, as announced by Collegiate Baseball Friday.

All three Tech juniors are third team selections on the 2011 list. The three selections tie for the second most overall from one school with Arizona State and Florida. Only TCU (4) had more players represented.

Bradley, a 2010 Second-Team All-ACC member, is coming off a junior season in which he posted a 9-5 record and a 4.83 ERA. The 6-5 left-hander from Huntsville, Ala. ranked second in the conference with 9.78 strikeouts per nine innings, while his nine wins tied for third. Bradley had an outstanding season in the Cape Cod League over the summer, making an appearance in the league’s All-Star game. Baseball America ranked him the No. 4 pro prospect in the Cape after his performance.

Pope, a Marietta, Ga. native, is also coming off a strong sophomore season. He went 8-1 with a 3.78 ERA and one save in 78.2 innings last season for the Jackets. Serving primarily as Tech’s midweek starter, he broke the school’s single-season record for walks per nine innings (1.49), which led the ACC and ranked No. 26 overall in the nation.

Skole , a 2010 First-Team All-ACC selection, became just the 12th player in Georgia Tech history to hit at least 20 home runs in a season when he did so as a sophomore . The third baseman batted .335 with 15 doubles and 63 RBI in addition to his 20 round-trippers. His home run tally tied for the third-most in the ACC and ranked No. 25 in the nation, while his .682 slugging percentage was the third best in the conference. Skole earns his first All-America recognition by Louisville Slugger since being named to the freshman all-America team in 2009.

Collegiate Baseball will release its “Fabulous 40” preseason NCAA Division I poll on Monday (Dec. 20).

Georgia Tech opens the 2011 season on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, hosting Kent State for a three-game weekend series at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Please see the attached file for the complete 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason Team, including statistical data from the 2010 season.

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