Choice Named First Team ABCA South Central All-Region
June 14, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington junior center fielder Michael Choice (Arlington, Texas) was named first team South Central All-Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Monday. Choice, a second team selection last season, was one of only three outfielders named to the first team. He becomes the first player in UTA history to earn two ABCA South Central All-Region selections during his career.
The ABCA South Central All-Region first and second teams were made up of baseball student-athletes from seven different states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas) and from five conferences and independence teams, including the Great West, C-USA, Southland, Sun Belt and the SWAC.
First team picks are now in consideration for the ABCA All-America team which will be announced during the College World Series.
Two Southland Conference players joined Choice on the first team as Texas State pitcher Carson Smith and Southeastern Louisiana shortstop Justin Boudreaux made the list. Four Southland players were named to the second team.
Choice ranked among the top five in the Southland Conference in nine statistical categories, including leading the league in batting (.383), walks (76) and on-base percentage (.568). His walk total broke the UTA and Southland all-time single-season records and his on-base percentage is a new school record.
He tallied 21 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games and one four-hit contest, and he led the team with 17 multiple RBI games.
Choice had 67 runs scored, 16 home runs and posted 59 RBI. He became the first player in UTA history to have three seasons with at least 50 RBI. He reached base safely in each game of his junior season and dating back to 2009, Choice reached base safely in 72 consecutive games. In fact, Choice reached base safely in 118-of-120 games dating back to 2008 and he reached base safely in 157-of-166 career games played at UTA.
A week ago, Choice became the highest drafted player in UT Arlington history when the Oakland Athletics selected him as the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Choice joined former Louisiana-Monroe pitcher Ben Sheets as the highest drafted players in Southland Conference history (10th overall, 1999 - Milwaukee Brewers).