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Perritt Selected to Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American
Liberty's Ashton Perritt has been named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American team chosen by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, earlier today.
Perritt was selected to the third team as a utility player. A utility player plays a regular position in the field and also pitches. Last week, Perritt was named to the second team of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason team.
Perritt becomes Liberty's second player to garner Preseason All-American honors from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The paper selected Aaron Grijalva as a Preseason All-American at first base in 2008.
The 2013 Big South Champion Liberty Flames were ranked No. 35 in The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I pre-season baseball poll, released on Friday. Liberty finished 36-29 overall last year.
Perritt had a breakout season in 2013 for the Flames. After starting the year as a relief pitcher, the Whiteland, Ind. native made his first start in the outfield in game one of the doubleheader with Longwood on March 30 and quickly became a fixture in the Liberty outfield as well. The utility player was voted the 2013 Big South Tournament MVP and later, was named to the VaSID All-State team.
In 40 games as an outfielder, Perritt hit .343 with 34 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. The Liberty leadoff hitter also hit six home runs. He posted 20 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit games, and scored two or more runs in nine contests.
On the mound, the rising junior went 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA and 10 saves over 38 2/3 innings. His 10 saves rank second on Liberty's all-time single season list.
During the Flames' run to their first Big South title since 2000, Perritt hit .400 with two home runs in five starts in the outfield and did not allow a run in four appearances as a pitcher, recording four saves.
In the title game vs. Campbell, Perritt drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and then pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to secure the Big South crown for the Flames. Besides being named the tournament's MVP, he was selected as the utility player on the All-Tournament team as well.
Perritt and the defending Big South Champion Flames open their 2014 campaign against the host North Florida Ospreys on Feb. 14 at the North Florida Tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.