June 11, 2009

MAREK EARNS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS FROM PING!BASEBALL

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi freshman Jeramie Marek was named to the Ping!Baseball Freshman All-American third-team on Thursday joining teammate Trey Hernandez as the program's only rookies ever named to a Freshman All-American team.

"I am excited for Jeramie as an individual," said Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball coach Scott Malone. "It is a great honor for him. Also, I hope it says something about the direction that this program is heading that last year you Trey recognized as a top freshman and now Jeramie. We have a lot of talented players coming in next year that can hopefully continue the string."

Marek, a graduate of Calallen High School in 2008, led the Islanders with a .335 batting average and outfielder finished the season with a 22-game hitting streak which is tied for the longest in school history. The outfielder was second with 65 hits and stolen bases with nine. He ranks in the top five in multiple other categories. Marek tied for second with 15-multi-hit games including a pair of four-hit outings.

"Jeramie came in and from the start showed he had the ability to be a strong influence on this team on offense and defense," said Malone. "He made the shift to the outfield after being a high school shortstop showing the type of athlete and team player he is.

"One of the most exciting things about Jeramie is how he continued to improve as the season progressed. His last 25 games were his best as his hitting streak showed and he really took hold of the lead-off spot."

He is one of four Southland Conference players chosen. Texas State outfielder Tyler Sibley was a second-team choice. McNeese State outfielder Lee Orr and Lamar pitcher Eric Harrington joined Marek on the third team.