The 2012 All-Name Team

By Eric Sorenson. Posted on February 12th, 2012 in National stuff
 

One of the things I love about doing previews for all 297 Division One teams in this great country of ours is discovering so many cool names among the numerous players I’m researching.

Since I don't have pics of the All-Name players below, here's one of former Husker running back I.M. Hipp.

Being an old school college football fan, I still remember such 70s greats as I.M. Hipp, Major Ogilvie, Johnny “Lam” Jones, Harlan Huckleby, Bubba Bean and Elvis Peacock (Trivia Q: Name the position and teams for each). So every pre-season, I like to scour the rosters of all these college baseball teams and pick out the best names I can find. Though granted, college football has much more colorful names than baseball, I must admit.

So without further ado, here are the best of the best I could find during my months in The Cave doing what I do each winter. Here is the college baseball version of the…

THE 2012 ALL NAME TEAM

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1B- Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley

The great Goose is one of five .300+ hitters in the Wolverine lineup which should dominate the Great West once again. Kallunki has hit .300+ in all three of his previous seasons in Orem.

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2B- Etienne Farquharson, North Carolina Central

A senior from the Bahamas, Farquharson hit . 308 and .282 in his last two seasons with the Eagles after transferring from Pensacola J.C. New coach Jim Koerner will be relying on Etienne to help ease into MEAC play for the first season.

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3B- Dustin Torchio, Pacific

The Tiger torcher led the Big West in hitting at .369 last season and is one of seven returning regulars in the order, giving hope for a much-better team batting average (.277 last year) and to lead coach Ed Sprague’s charges to win-total that is better than last year’s 17-win season.

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SS- Kris Kwak, North Dakota

With instincts beyond reproach, Kwak is a crack-shot infielder after hitting .339 last season and should help solidify the Fighting Sioux infield and batting order. Kwak hopes to lead UND to its first winning mark since 2005.

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C- John Crummy, Miami Univ.

Only played in five games last season, but with Adam Weisenburger graduating, the backstop job is his for the taking. Crummy or not, the Redskins have a lot of able-bodied performers coming back who could help improve that 35-win season of 2011.

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OF- Will Piwnica-Worms, Duke

The most awkward name for any stadium P.A. to announce in college baseball. WPW hit .317 and .313 in the two years before the bats change. Piwnica-Worms hit just .264 last season, but is aiming for more in 2012… just like the Blue Devils.

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OF- Zach Zott, Michigan

If Zach transfers to UC Irvine, he’ll give “Zot” a double meaning. Now worries, because the former Butler football commit is all Wolverine. The imposing 6’3″ outfielder should make a huge impact in his first season in Ann Arbor.

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OF- Seth Batty, UC Davis

The “Battman” has been a part-time starter each of the last two years (he was .292 with 12SBs in 2010 but dipped to .205 last season). If he’s 100% he’ll team with OFs David Popkins and Brett Morgan to form a swift meadow for the rebuilding Aggies.

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DH- Lacy Jackson, Texas Southern

Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing soft and frilly about this backstop. A 5’10, 205-block hit .272 for the Tigers and is a four-year starter. He will have another great name coming in to aid the cause in OF Ford Jerry. Yes, Ford is the first name.

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P- Blaze Tart, UNC Wilmington

As a former 33rd-round draft pick, Tart was anything but sweet to opponents, gaining a 2-0 record with five saves last season before being shut down in mid-stream due to an injury. The Seahawks return nine of their top 10 pitchers, but Blaze could be the big key to getting UNCW back in at-large consideration.

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P- Chase Traffica, Louisiana

Okay, so you don’t want to give his name to your new puppy, but the Cajuns like having him on the mound. In two years, Traffica has made 22 appearances, going 4-3 and holding opposing hitters to a .263 average. With only one returning weekend starter, Traffica could be chasing a Saturday or Sunday spot.

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P- Zack Tax, Columbia

After posting numbers like this: 2-0, 3.63, .221OBA, tax was far more taxing on his opponents than anyone else in his frosh season. He’ll pair with another All Name Team candidate, Harrison Slutsky, to form a solid middle-relief corps for the Lions.

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P- Duke Von Schamann, Texas Tech.

The son of former Sooner kicking legend Uwe Von Schamann, Duke was just as cool and smooth as his old man, going 5-0, 3.92 in his freshman year and even became the Sunday starter by the end of the season.

In case you want to see one of the great kicks in college football history, here’s Uwe’s winning boot vs. Ohio State in 1977:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbjD8QWlKtU[/youtube]

(Note a couple things from the vid. 1- That’s Elvis Peacock (#4) blocking on the left end. 2- Von Schamann famously extolled the Buckeye crowd when they started the “Block That Kick” chant. 3- Woody Hayes angrily slaps away a fan wanting a handshake at the end (shocking, I know). And 4- That’s the play-by-play voice of Keith Jackson, the best announcer in college football history)

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Coach- Spanky McFarland, James Madison

The longtime Dukes head coach has led his team to the NCAA tournament in two of the last four seasons and is favored to win the Colonial once again this year.

Coach- Waskyla Cullivan, Prairie View

Cullivan is making his presence felt in the SWAC, being one of only three teams to finish with a winning record last season (25-21) and will have a senior-dominated team on the field this season.

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Big Names to Live Up To:

- RHP Hank Williams Jr., Southeast Missouri State

- RHP Michael Jordan, California

- RHP Glenn Frye, North Carolina Central

- OF James Taylor, Norfolk State

- OF Turner Gill, Portland

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Honorable Mentions:

- RHP, Leif Sorenson, UMass

- RHP, Bo Stitch, Central Arkansas

 

COMMENTS:

February 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm
NECBLfan says:

Lovin’ the piece, Eric. Perhaps Wonderful Terrific Monds III will come back to coach somewhere.


February 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Borg says:

Great stuff. Lots of fun. But you’ve got to consider Rusty Filter, the Stanford assistant coach.


February 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm
sigsky says:

Wait, what about South Carolina shortstop Joey Pankake?


February 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm
Jim says:

Auburn Outfielder Cullen Wacker has to be on this list. What a great baseball name. Plus if he ever has a game winning hit, instead of a walk-off, it’ll be a…….well use your imagination


February 15, 2012 at 3:17 am

If you guys want to join the pick’em contest I started on Perfect Game, click below. Should be fun!

http://www.perfectgame.org/forum/messages.aspx?TopicID=6305


February 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

WHAT? No Kash Kalkowski of Nebraska?


February 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Boyd Nation says:

Quintavious Drains, Jackson State

On a couple of the returning leaderboards.


February 21, 2012 at 1:44 am
Mike Egleston says:

We all thought what a cool name, I.M. Hipp was growing up. He played his high school ball in Chapin,S.C. about 20 miles down the road from me and his coach Cecil Woolbright, coached my older brothers at Cardinal Newman High in Columbia.He was a fine man that did everything possible to get USC or Clemson to offer Hipp but was unsuccessful.What a shame.