Sobotka Lands on Preseason All-American Team

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IRVING, TEXAS – Following one of best pitching seasons in USC Upstate baseball history, sophomore closer Chad Sobotka was named a Preseason Third-Team All-American announced Thursday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Sobotka became one of the most dominant closers in the country last season, appearing in 25 games, posting a 1.72 earned run average and recording 12 saves.

"I am very happy for Chad," Head Coach Matt Fincher said. "He enjoyed an outstanding season as a freshman and has worked very hard over the summer and fall to prepare for his sophomore season. I am looking forward to seeing him pitch this spring."

Mercer's Nick Backlund was the only other Atlantic Sun Conference student-athlete on the Preseason All-American teams, earning first-team honors.

Sobotka's outstanding freshman season landed him on the A-Sun All-Freshman team, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team and NCBWA Freshman All-American team.

He allowed earned runs in just four of his 25 appearances and recorded 34 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work. The Sarasota, Fla., native did not allow a run in his first nine collegiate appearances and 12.0 innings pitched. He had nine multi-strikeout performances, including a season-high four punch outs on two different occasions.

Sobotka and the Spartans open the 2013 slate with 13 of their first 16 games at home, including the their season-opening weekend Feb. 15-17, when they will play host to Niagra University, the University of Kentucky and Georgetown University.

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