Dominguez, Marks and McClanahan Honored By ABCA

All three earn First Team All-Region accolades, Dominguez and Marks are All-Americans

Justin McClanahan

Justin McClanahan

June 19, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chris Dominguez, Justin McClanahan and Justin Marks have been selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association as members of the 2008 ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-South Region team. Dominguez and Marks were then named Second and Third team All-America by the ABCA respectively.

The University of Louisville was one of two programs in a region that includes Georgia, Vanderbilt, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Stetson, Tennessee, Tulane, Charlotte, USF and Southern Miss among others, to include three players on the All-Region first team.

Dominguez, the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament MVP, BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year and the only unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST First Team was previously honored as an All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and PING! Baseball.

He batted .365 with 68 runs, 13 doubles, a BIG EAST-leading 21 home runs and 75 RBI, stealing 11 bases while starting all 62 games at third on the BIG EAST Champions. He made just six errors at the hot corner, leading the team to their first conference title in school history.

Dominguez is 10th on the career home run list with 36 in just two seasons in The Ville, and placed himself tied for 7th in single season home runs, tied for 8th in runs and tied for 6th with his 2008 total in RBI.

He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, was on the Wallace Award watch list, both given annually to the national player of the year.

The Colorado Rockies grabbed Dominguez with the 25th pick of the 5th round, 167th overall, in the 2008 MLB draft. The sophomore has until August 15 to sign with the Rockies or return to The Ville for his junior season.

Marks, a sophomore pitcher from Owensboro, Kentucky, was also a PING! Baseball Second Team All-American after posting a 9-2 record with a 2.37 ERA in 14 starts during the 2008 season.

The southpaw finished the season with 89 strikeouts, which is tied for 6th in the single season list, and his nine wins ties for fourth. In his two season he has 176 K's which ties him for 10th on the career list, a 2.53 ERA - the lowest in school history, and 18 wins, tying him for 3rd.

A First Team All-BIG EAST selection and a member of the 2008 All-BIG EAST Tournament team, he lead the Cards to the first conference title in school history. His freshman season he was named to the Louisville Slugger, PING! and Rivals.com Freshman All-American teams as well as 2007 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, and Second Team All-BIG EAST.

In 2007 Marks was 9-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 18 starts, jumping into the weekend rotation as a freshman. He struck out 87 in 104.2 innings pitched and limited opponents to a BIG EAST low .189 batting average.

Marks is currently playing for the USA Baseball National Team. He is one of 34 invitees that will compete for 24 spots on the 2008 National Team roster which will be announced on June 24.

USA Baseball's 2008 National Team schedule includes a six-game friendship series against Chinese Taipei and a month-long trip to Europe where the team will compete in the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and the IV FISU World Collegiate Baseball Championship in the Czech Republic.

McClanahan, a Third Team All-BIG EAST, and All Tournament selection was Toronto's 17th pick of the 33rd round(999th overall).

He finished the 2008 season one off the single season doubles record with 26, and tied for 6th with 97 hits. He finished the season batting a team-best .372 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI, also leading the team with 17 stolen bases.

Logan Johnson and Isaiah Howes were ABCA Second Team All-Region selections following the 2007 run to the College World Series in Omaha.

The 2008 Cardinals finished the season 41-21, advancing to consecutive regionals for the first time in school history.

Related Stories