Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cozart Pre-season All-American

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss’ Zack Cozart continued to rake in the honors in the preseason as the Rebel shortstop was tabbed by Baseball America as a member of its All-America team. It is the third time this preseason that Cozart has been selected as a First Team All-American by an organization or publication.

Cozart has also been named First Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association. The junior has also been named to the preseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the nation’s top baseball player.

The Collierville, Tenn., native earned First Team All-SEC honors last season as he helped lead Ole Miss to a 44-22 record and the 2006 Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship. He also played a pivotal role in the Rebels hosting a third-straight NCAA Regional and second consecutive NCAA Super Regional. The Rebels claimed the 2006 NCAA Regional before hosting Miami in the NCAA Super Regional.

Cozart finished the year with a .975 fielding percentage as he only committed eight errors on the season. The sophomore drove in 64 runs, the second highest on the team for the season, as he tallied 10 home runs one triple and 16 doubles. He also posted multiple game-winning hits this season, including a three-run walk-off homer against Memphis and a solo home run to beat Mississippi State 1-0 in the Mayor's Trophy game. He also was a big part of the Rebels turning 69 double plays on the year.

Over the summer, the shortstop competed in Cuba with the USA Baseball National Team as he helped the National Team to the FISU World Championship.

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