College of Charleston outfield Daniel Aldrich was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America First Team, the organization announced Wednesday.
A native of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Aldrich earned Freshman Player of the Year honors from the NCBWA, Southern Conference and Collegiate Baseball while making the All-American squads from Louisville Slugger, Baseball America, NCBWA, ABCA/Rawlings and the CBI.
A redshirt-sophomore, Aldrich led all Division I freshmen with 22 home runs in 2011 while blasting 73 RBIs and boasting a slugging percentage of .739 and batting average of .347. He finished with 25 multi-hit games and sported a team-best 17-game hitting streak in February and March. Aldrich won the 2011 TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb., last summer.
Aldrich was one of two Southern Conference players, joining Georgia Southern’s Victor Roache, to make the organization’s preseason All-America first team.