LeBlanc, Salem Named to ABCA All-South Region

Posted Jun 13, 2006

University of Alabama juniors Wade LeBlanc and Emeel Salem were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) First-Team All-South Region team today, in an announcement made by the association.

LeBlanc (Lake Charles, La.) finished the season with an 11-1 record and 2.92 ERA in 18 starts this season for the Crimson Tide. He worked 129 1/3 innings and allowed 110 hits, 47 runs and 42 earned runs, with 43 walks and 128 strikeouts.

He set UA single-season records for innings pitched (129 1/3) and strikeouts (129) this season. He broke Lance Cormier’s record of 129 innings pitched previously set in 2002. LeBlanc also broke the single-season strikeout record (118) previously held by Bobby Sprowl in 1977.

He is also Bama’s all-time strikeout leader with 334 career strikeouts.

Salem (Mountain Brook) had a banner year for the Crimson Tide. He led UA with a .356 (101-for-284) average, with two home runs and 32 RBI from the leadoff spot in the order. Salem also led UA with 67 runs scored and 36 stolen bases this season.

A First-Team All-SEC selection, Salem was also named to the College Baseball Foundation All-America team and was Second-Team All-American by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball. Salem was also a First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America selection and was named to the SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also named to the 2006 SEC Good Works team for his community service.

With their selection to the ABCA All-South Region team, LeBlanc and Salem are now eligible for the 2006 ABCA All-America team, which will be announced later this week at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.


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