June 13, 2006
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech sophomore catcher Matt Wieters was selected as a first-team All-America by Baseball America magazine.
The Goose Creek, S.C., native is batting .355 with a team-leading 14 home runs and 69 RBI. The switch-hitter leads the Yellow Jackets in hits (89), walks (56), on base percentage (.481), doubles (20) and total bases (151).
Wieters, who also fills the role of Georgia Tech’s closer out of the bullpen, has a 2.67 ERA and a team-best seven saves in 30.1 innings.
Wieters is the 14th player in Georgia Tech history to earn first-team All-America honors by at least one publication. Wieters joins Major League All-Star Jason Varitek as the only catchers in school history to earn first-team All-America honors.
Georgia Tech’s First Team All-Americas
Kevin Brown (RHP), 1986
Riccardo Ingram (OF), 1987
Ty Griffin (2B), 1988
Andy Bruce (3B), 1991
Jason Varitek (C), 1992, 1993, 1994
Brad Rigby (RHP), 1994
Nomar Garciaparra (SS), 1993, 1994
Jay Payton (OF), 1994
Mark Fischer (OF), 1997
Kris Wilson (RHP), 1997
Chuck Crowder (LHP), 1997
Mark Teixeira (3B), 2000
Tyler Greene (SS), 2005
Matt Wieters (C), 2006