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Boaz native an All-American

The University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team's senior shortstop Grant DeBruin was named to the 2012 Daktronics, Inc., NCAA Division II All-America Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A total of 45 student-athletes, representing 37 institutions were named to either the first, second or third team All-America squad, while 18 were named honorable mention.

DeBruin garnered third-team honors in becoming the program's second All-America honoree. Pitcher Adam Bass earned second-team honors in 2003.

The Boaz, Ala., native concluded his senior campaign with a .374 batting average, .610 slugging percentage, 73 hits, 50 RBI, 16 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 119 total bases. He started every game he had played this season and led the team in every offensive category other than runs scored. DeBruin was also named Daktronics All-South Region First Team, NCBWA All-South Region First Team, ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region First Team and All-GSC First Team for his efforts this season.

Senior first baseman Nathan Minnich from Shepherd University (W. Va.) and junior pitcher Carl O'Neal from St. Mary's University (Texas) headline the All-America baseball team, earning the Ron Lenz Player and Pitcher of the Year awards respectively.

Members of the NCAA Division II College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected the All-America teams. The All-America team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. Daktronics has sponsored the baseball All-America program since 2007.

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