DAHLONEGA, GA – With the North Georgia baseball team in full swing in preparation for the 2011 season, the accolades continue to come in for junior third baseman Jordan Erisman who has been named a Preseason All-American.
Following a year that saw Erisman earn First-Team Peach Belt All-Conference honors and Second-Team All-Southeast Region awards for ABCA and Daktronics, the expectations are higher than ever for the third baseman to cement himself as one of the best players in the nation.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native will enter 2011 as a Preseason All-American according to a list prepared by the American Baseball Coaches Association's NCAA Division II Committee and published in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He was one of 11 players in the South Atlantic Region to earn the honor, and one of six players in the Peach Belt Conference to be recognized for the award.
Named Second-Team Peach Belt All-Academic and a PBC Silver Scholar Athlete last season, Erisman ended the year as one of the hottest players in the country and carries a 21-game hitting streak into opening day on February 4, 2011, against Mars Hill at Bob Stein Stadium.
During his 21-game hit-streak that lasted 42 days to end the 2010 season, Erisman hit .391 with 36 hits, eight doubles, two triples, and one home run. He drove in 17 runs during the stretch and had an on base percentage of .442, while scoring 25 times stealing four bases.
A Second-Team Peach Belt All-Conference selection in 2010, Blake Hobby was also mentioned in the column as a "Player to Watch" in 2011. Hobby recorded a 6-4 record last season with a 4.23 earned run average. A recipient of the ABCA/Rawlings Southeast Region Gold Glove, Hobby played his way to a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with 22 chances, three putouts, and 19 assists. The Macon, Ga., native tossed 78.2 innings with 51 strikeouts, while opponents hit .285 against the right-hander.
The Saints 2011 schedule kicks off with 14 of the team's first 17 games at home, including series against Mars Hill, Stillman College, and Millersville University the first three weeks of February.