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SRU Good News for Dec. 18, 2009


SRU trio earns Baseball Writers Preseason All-America honors

Slippery Rock University seniors Vince Lloyd of New Brighton, Billy Messer of Slippery Rock and Jacob Oswalt from South Fork, were named this week as members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Division II Preseason All-America Teams.

Lloyd was named to second-team honors, while Messer and Oswalt each earned third-team honors.

Lloyd led The Rock in wins with an 8-1 record and had a 3.19 earned run average last spring to earn second-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division and honorable mention NCBWA All-Atlantic Region honors. He struck out 58 and walked 24 in 53.2 innings pitched in 2009.

Messer is slated to be SRU's starting second baseman for a fourth consecutive season. He earned first-team All-PSAC-West, second-team American Baseball Coaches Association all-region and honorable mention NCBWA all-region honors in 2009. He was a second-team All-PSAC-West selection as a sophomore in 2008. He is a son of head coach Jeff Messer. He finished his junior season with a .344 batting average, 14 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 37 RBIs.

Oswalt is an outfielder-designated hitter. He earned second-team All-PSAC-West and honorable mention NCBWA all-region honors last spring after he batted .379 and had 15 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 43 RBIs as The Rock's starting left fielder.

The three Preseason All-America performers and their 2010 Rock teammates are scheduled to open their season with a three-game series Feb. 19-21 against Tiffin University at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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