OSU's Conforto named to third preseason All-America team

CORVALLIS — Oregon State sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto was named to his third preseason All-America team on Monday when Perfect Game slotted him on to its first team. Conforto is also a first-team preseason All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Conforto was a consensus Freshman All-American in 2012 and became the first true freshman in OSU history to be named an All-American when he was a second teamer by the NCBWA, Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ACBA). He batted a team-leading .349 with a Pac-12 Conference leading 76 runs driven in — which also set an OSU single-season record — and tied for the league lead with 13 home runs, eight of which came against conference foes.

He ended the season as one of just two players in the Pac-12 to rank in the top 10 in batting average (eighth), runs batted in (first) and home runs (tied for first).

Conforto was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the national Hitter of the Year by both Louisville Slugger, NCBWA and the ABCA.

He is one of four players from the Pac-12 to be named to Perfect Game's first team and one of seven on the two teams.

The Beavers open their 2013 campaign Feb. 15 when they take on Utah Valley in Palm Springs, Calif.

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