TUCSON, Ariz -- Ball State's Kolbrin Vitek has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American first team by Collegiate Baseball. Ohio's Robert Maddox III and Kent State's Anthony Gallas also garnered All-American regocnition and were neamed to the third team.
Vitek, who is also on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award, was recently named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year becoming the sixth Cardinal all-time to receive the honor. He led the Cardinals in batting with a .361 batting average and on the mound with a league-low 3.28 ERA as a weekend starter.
Vitek, a First Team All-MAC selection, tallied a team-high 83 hits and scored a MAC-best 73 runs this season. He notched 20 doubles and 17 home runs to post a .691 slugging percentage while also stealing 16 bases. He recorded 26 multiple-hit games and 20 multiple-RBI games at the plate.
On the mound, Vitek was one of the most dominant pitchers in the MAC as he had a 3.28 ERA on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.72 in league play. He tossed a team-high 79.2 innings of work and owned a 3-4 record with three saves.
Maddox, who was also named first team All-Mid-American Conference this season, became the 26th Bobcat in program history to claim All-America honors. The Euclid, Ohio native ranks first this season in the Mid-American Conference in home runs (21), total bases (174) and slugging percentage (.737), second in RBIs (78), sixth in doubles (20), seventh in hits (89) and eighth in batting average (.377).
Gallas was named a Louisville Slugger third team All-American. In the 2010 campaign, he has set the second-highest single-season total in RBI's (81) and hits (95); three RBI's and four hits behind former All-American John VanBenschoten. He currently leads the team with a .367 average for the year and hit at a jaw-dropping .446 during Mid-American Conference play. He is the leader in career total bases (509), RBI's (224) and walks (135). He is also tied for first in home runs (49), second in runs scored (207) and at-bats (881) and third in hits (298) and doubles (60). Gallas is also the first player in MAC history to have 250 hits, 200 runs and 200 RBI's for his career.
Kent State, which recently won its eighth MAC Tournament title, returns to action Friday night June 4 at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST).