APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball
Tucson, AR – With opening day still 55 days away, Austin Peay State University junior second baseman Jordan Hankins has been selected to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America teams, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.Hankins, of Wentzville, MO, was named to the Preseason Third-Team All-America. He was selected behind Connecticut senior L.J. Mazzilli (1st Team) and Texas junior Erich Weiss (2nd Team). Hankins was joined on the third team by Clemson junior Steve Wilkerson, Arkansas junior Dominic Ficociello and Vanderbilt junior Tony Kemp.
The honor, the first by a Governor, joins Hankins selection to the NCBWA Preseason Third-Team All-America, December 12th. He is the only second baseman selected to both the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA preseason teams. On the NCBWA list, Hankins was selected behind Campbell senior Michael Felton (1st Team) and Rice senior Christian Stringer (2nd Team) on that organization’s list.
The honor follows a busy and successful sophomore campaign for Hankins. He played in all 64 games for the Govs last season and was second on the team in average (.336), home runs (10) and runs batted in (66). More impressively, he recorded only 16 strikeouts in 250 at-bats, a ratio of one strikeout every 15.6 at-bats that ranked 16th among Division I players.
Hankins was a first-team All-OVC selection, an OVC All-Tournament pick and earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Tournament’s Eugene Regional. He also was a second-team All-South Region pick by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Capping his sophomore campaign, Hankins was selected to play with USA Baseball’s National Collegiate Team and traveled with that team for a series in Cuba and a tournament in The Netherlands.
Hankins and the Govs open their 2013 campaign with a Friday, February 15th contest against Iowa that is the first of a three-game series against the Big 10 foe. Season tickets for the Govs 2013 campaign are available for $45.00 each through the Austin Peay Ticket Office. Call 931.221.7761 for more information.