2015 Perfect Game Preseason All-America Teams
Liberty senior first baseman Alex Close has been named to 2015 Perfect Game Preseason All-America team, announced earlier today.
Close was selected to the third team of the Perfect Game Preseason All-America squad. It is the second preseason All-American honor for the first baseman, as he and Flames pitcher Ashton Perritt were both named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American squad.
Last year, the first baseman was named an All-Big South first team member and was one of only two juniors from across the country to be selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America first team. He also garnered inclusion on the VaSID All-State baseball and All-State Academics squads.
The Hoover, Ala., native hit .324 with 34 runs scored and a team-leading 45 RBI, last season. He collected 14 doubles, belted eight home runs and posted a .505 slugging percentage. In addition, Close led the Flames with a .408 batting average with runners in scoring position. The team captain finished the year third in the Big South in home runs and RBI, while ranking sixth in slugging percentage.
Close was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 27th round of the 2014 Major League Draft. However, he decided to return to Liberty for his senior year.
Close will enter the 2015 season ninth in program history with 26 career home runs. In his three seasons at Liberty, he has hit .288 with 120 RBI.
Liberty posted a 41-18 overall record in 2014, earning the program's first ever at-large selection to an NCAA Regional. With their selection, Liberty appeared at a regional in back-to-back years for the first time in team history.
With 41 wins, the Flames recorded the second most wins and posted the fourth 40-plus win season in program history. Liberty also set a program high for Big South Conference victories with a 23-3 mark in 2014, while earning a top 25 ranking from all of the major polls during the season.
Liberty will open its 2015 campaign at Kennesaw State, 2014 NCAA Super Regional participant, on Feb. 13.
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