Brazelton, Renick, Williams on All-America Squads

June 7, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Three Blue Raiders have been tabbed as All-Americans this week.

Dewon Brazelton continued to rack up an impressive number of awards by being named First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association while Josh Renick was named Third Team by that organization. John Williams was rewarded for his excellent mound work by being named Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Brazelton, who was chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the third overall pick in this week's Major League Baseball draft, earned his third first team award. Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly listed the right-hander from Tullahoma, Tenn., among the first team earlier.

Brazelton's accomplishments are well noted this season as he went 13-2 with a 1.42 ERA and a school record 154 strikeouts. The Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, he also set the career strikeout record with 335.

"What else can you say about Dewon?" said Head Coach Steve Peterson. "He lived up to all of the billing this year and each award he gets is just another petal on the rose."

Second baseman Renick, a native of Sarasota, Fla., earned his second third team selection after also being honored by Collegiate Baseball. Renick was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the first pick of the 11th round on Tuesday and is preparing to report to High A ball in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Renick put together one of the finest seasons in school history with a .420 batting average, eight homers, and 38 RBI's out of the leadoff spot. He also stole 24 bases in 28 attempts en route to being named Sun Belt Player of the Year. Very quietly Renick became the Blue Raiders' all-time career batting average leader with a .381 mark during his two-year tenure.

Peterson said, "Josh came here from junior college with some goals in mind and was able to accomplish them. He battle injuries as a junior and was finally able to show everybody what he could do this year. We knew he could be this type of player and he was able to prove it this season."

Lefty John Williams completed the trio of awards by becoming the first Blue Raider to garner Freshman All-American accolades since Brad Howard did so in 1997.

Williams, a native of Murfreesboro, went 7-1 for the Blue Raiders with a 3.59 ERA. He came to Middle Tennessee as a highly decorated product of Oakland High School and quickly showed his worth by earning a weekend spot in the rotation. He pitched his best down the stretch, culminating with a victory over South Alabama in the final weekend of the regular season to clinch a share of the Sun Belt title for his team.

Williams also put together an impressive outing against New Orleans in the Sun Belt Tournament, getting a no-decision but giving his team a chance to win in extra innings.

"John has had the start to what we hope will be a great career," said Peterson. "He was able to come in and make an immediate impact. This award will motivate John to move even higher next year. Its great to know that John will be coming back next year to compete for the number one spot in the rotation."

Williams' seven wins are the most by a freshman since Brazelton won eight games in 1999.

The next award watch should come on Friday as it is expected that the Dick Howser Award winner will be announced. Brazelton was named one of seven finalists for the award prior to the start of the Regionals.

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