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Stokes Receives Second-Team All-State Honors

June 25, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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David Stokes, currently pitching for the Class A Oneonta Tigers, garnered VaSID All-State second-team accolades for his mound work with the Flames in 2008.

David Stokes, currently pitching for the Class A Oneonta Tigers, garnered VaSID All-State second-team accolades for his mound work with the Flames in 2008.

Liberty senior right-handed pitcher David Stokes has been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State Baseball second-team roster, it was announced today.

Stokes (Locust Grove, Okla.) was one of three second-team pitchers selected to the All-State team, joining VMI's Chris Duty and Virginia's Pat McAnaney.

Stokes, also a Big South all-conference second-team performer as a senior, went 8-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 100 innings of work in 2008. He led the conference in both innings pitched and games started (15), ranked second in strikeouts (86) and wins and was 10th in ERA.

The 6-8 right-hander walked only 16 batters on the season, ranking 30th in the nation for fewest walks per nine innings (1.40). His 86 punchouts helped the Liberty pitching staff set a new school record with 508 strikeouts on the season.

Stokes, who helped the Flames reach the Big South Championship Game for the third straight season, on the way to a 35-26-1 overall record, fashioned a pair of complete games in 2008. The hurler was tabbed the Big South Pitcher of the Week on April 21, after pitching eight shutout innings in a conference win over VMI, scattering five hits and fanning nine. That same week, Stokes earned's Southeast Region Perfomance of the Week Award, and was one of College Baseball Blog and's Players of the Week.

Stokes was recently selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He has made a successful start to his professional career, with the Oneonta Tigers of the Class A New York-Penn League. Stokes won his first start with the club, pitching six innings while yielding only one unearned run on three hits, June 20 versus the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Stokes' selection to the VaSID All-State team makes it five consecutive years the Flames have been represented on the VaSID All-State roster. A season ago, Garrett Young (Sr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) was a second-team pick as an outfielder.

The VaSID major award winners included Coach of the Year Spanky McFarland of James Madison, Player of the Year Mike Sheridan of William & Mary, Pitcher of the Year Michael Schwimer of Virginia and Rookie of the Year Turner Phelps of James Madison.

2008 VaSID University Division All-State Baseball Team

First Team
1B – Mike Sheridan, William & Mary
2B – Joe Lake, James Madison
SS – Greg Micat, Virginia
3B – Tanner Biagini, VMI
OF – Ben Guez, William & Mary
OF – Scott Krieger, George Mason
OF – Brett Sellers, James Madison
C – Tim Park, William & Mary
DH – Billy Barber, Richmond
P – Matt Packer, Virginia
P – Turner Phelps, James Madison
P – Michael Schwimer, Virginia

Second Team
1B – Alex Gregory, Radford
2B – Ryan Soares, George Mason
SS – Matt Hacker, Virginia Tech
3B – Phil Cerreto, Longwood
OF – Reggie Keen, Radford
OF – Greg Maliniak, William & Mary
OF – Jimmy Miles, Old Dominion
C – Brad Stephenson, Norfolk State
DH – David Burns, Old Dominion
P – Chris Duty, VMI
P – Pat McAnaney, Virginia
P – David Stokes, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Spanky McFarland, James Madison

Player of the Year
Mike Sheridan, William & Mary

Pitcher of the Year
Michael Schwimer, Virginia

Rookie of the Year
Turner Phelps, James Madison