Laurent Repeats as VaSID Baseball First-Team All-State Selection; Just and Miller Selected to Second Team
Liberty Flames outfielder Phillip Laurent has been named to the 2006 VaSID University Division All-State Baseball team for the second straight season, while teammates Michael Just and Chad Miller were selected to the second team as chosen by the Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Laurent (Cantrall, Ill.) along with Virginia pitcher Sean Doolittle and VCU shortstop Sergio Miranda were the only repeat selections on the VaSID first team squad.
In his final season at Liberty, Laurent hit .377 with 73 RBI, both career season-highs. The outfielder finished the season second in the Big South in RBI and 27 doubles. The senior started all 60 games as the Flames went 39-21, helping the team set a new school record for the most wins at the NCAA Division I level.
Laurent also had 28 multiple-hit games on the season as he broke the Liberty all-time mark with 280 career hits and also set a new season doubles record with 27. He was selected to the 2006 Big South all-tournament squad and to the second team all-conference team. He earned Big South Player of the Week honors for the week May 8-15 as he broke the school hit record and batted .615 in three games (8-13), belting three doubles, two home runs and knocking in eight runs in Liberty's three-game series at UNC Asheville.
Flames' second baseman Just (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) was selected to the second team all-state squad. In his final season at Liberty, he finished 2006 among the top five in three Big South categories with a .379 batting average, 94 hits and 64 runs scored. The second baseman's 94 hits set a new school season mark. Selected to all-conference second team, Just had career highs in hits, runs, average and hitting. The senior also started all 60 games with 28 multi-hit games and committing four errors.
He was joined by Liberty third baseman Miller (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) on the second team squad. Miller, who broke out offensively in his final season with the Flames, batted .359 and finished third in the Big South with 68 runs scored and fourth with 24 stolen bases. Also among the conference leaders in on base percentage, the third baseman raised his batting average 103 points over 2005, his first with Liberty after transferring from junior college. He was named to the all-conference second team and was selected Big South Player of the Week for April 18-24 after hitting for the cycle against Longwood. He was also named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor the same week.
James Madison outfielder Kellen Kulbacki and Virginia head coach Brian O'Conner earned top honors on the 2006 University Division All-State Baseball team. Virginia pitcher Doolittle also was chosen as the Pitcher of the Year and his teammate Jacob Thompson was selected as the Rookie of the Year.
Virginia SID 2006 University Division All-State Baseball Team
Coach of the Year: Brian O' Connor,Virginia
Player of the Year: Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison
Pitcher of the Year: Sean Doolittle, Virginia
Rookie of the Year: Jacob Thompson, Virginia
Catcher - Patrick Nichols, Old Dominion
First Base - Nate Schill, James Madison
Second Base - Michael Cowgill, James Madison
Shortstop - Sergio Miranda - Virginia Commonwealth
Third Base - Kelly Sweppenhiser - VMI
Outfielder - Kellen Kulbacki - James Madison
Outfielder - Brandon Marsh, Virginia
Outfielder - Phillip Laurent, Liberty
Designated Hitter - Tom Hagan, Virginia
Pitcher - Sean Doolittle, Virginia
Pitcher - Ryan Reid, James Madison
Pitcher - Jacob Thompson, Virginia
Catcher - Robby Jacobson, George Mason
First Base - Sean Doolittle, Virginia
Second Base - Michael Just, Liberty
Shortstop - Greg Sexton, William & Mary
Third Base - Chad Miller, Liberty
Outfielder - Ben Zeskind, Richmond
Outfielder - Jimmy Miles, Old Dominion
Outfielder - Brandon Guyer, Virginia
Designated Hitter - Dana Arrowood, Old Dominion
Pitcher - Harold Mozingo, VCU
Pitcher - Jason Godin, James Madison
Pitcher - Mike Ballard, Virginia