Baseball Standouts Named to All-East Division Team
May 10, 2011
The UT Dallas baseball team had a league-best 11 selections to the American Southwest Conference All-East Division teams, announced Monday, the day after claiming the runner-up trophy in the championship tournament.
The Comets fell Sunday to Concordia University-Texas in the title game after a ninth-inning rally came up short. The final score was 6-4.
UT Dallas hosted the conference championships on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sophomore right-hander Derek Dallas was the Comets' lone first team pick for the All-East teams. Junior right-hander Marvin Prestridge, junior shortstop Jacob Starnes and senior designated hitter Joseph Killgore were all named second team selections. Seven other UT Dallas players were tabbed honorable mention.
Dallas, a native of Ballinger, was the workhorse for the Comet pitching staff this season, tying a program single-season record for wins after tossing the most innings ever by a UT Dallas pitcher. Dallas ranked third in the ASC with 77 strikeouts while giving up just eight walks on the season.
Prestridge, a native of Forney, posted a 7-4 record on the mound and had 71 strikeouts in 81.0 innings on the mound this season and became the first Comet to tossed two shutouts in a season since 2007.
Starnes, a native of Sugar Land, was the only UT Dallas position player named either first or second team after hitting .289 for the Comets this season with five doubles and a pair of triples. Starnes was a repeat selection on the second team.
Killgore, a native of Greenville, hit .266 with six doubles and a pair of home runs in his final season in a Comet uniform. He scored 25 runs and knocked in 15 after missing 13 games early in the season due to injury.
The Comets also placed senior second baseman Garet Norton, freshman third baseman Tyler Hobbs, senior catcher Grand Friddell, senior outfielder Jason Diemer, junior outfielder Chase Brown, freshman pitcher Taylor Payne and senior pitcher Max Willard on the honorable mention squad.
The Comets wrapped up the 2011 season with a 29-18 overall record, placing second in the East with a 11-7 divisional mark.