Potomac State Baseball's Antone Named All-American

Nate Antone

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The NJCAA has released its Division I and II Baseball All-Americans for the 2011 season. The selections were made by each division's respective baseball committee.

For the third straight year over 10,000 student-athletes suited up to play NJCAA baseball this season, which is the most athletes to participate in any NJCAA sport for the 2010-11 academic year.  Of the 10,000 student-athletes that suited up this year in the sport of baseball in Divisions I, II and III, only 126 earned NJCAA All-America honors. 

Potomac State 3rd baseman Nate Antone was named as a NJCAA Honorable Mention Team All-American today by the NJCAA.  The Pittsburgh, PA native was among the top hitters in the country most of the season. The red-shirt freshman banged out 66 hits on the season including 27 doubles, three triples and three home runs.  He scored 52 runs while also driving in 52 runs.  He finished the season at a .426 clip while his on-base percentage was .543. He also accumulated a 28 game hitting streak this season.

Antone was also effective on the mound for the Catamounts working 15 1/3 innings, picking up a 2-0 record with 4 saves. Most of his work was done in the post-season, as the tall right-hander threw three innings of relief in PSC's Eastern District extra inning win over Pitt Community College. Antone also picked up a win and a save at the 2011 Junior College World Series, in which Potomac State finished third.

This year's selections mark the tenth straight season that Potomac State has had a member of the NJCAA All-American baseball team and the fourteenth player named All-American since 2000.

Previous selections since 2000 include:

Kurtis Voytell 2010, Towson University; Gary Williams 2009, West Virginia Wesleyan University; Dominick Hayes 2009, West Virginia University; Nathan Fike 2008, Philadelphia Phillies; Jacke Healey 2008, Youngstown State University; Joe Agreste 2007, West Virginia University; Enrique Garcia 2006, University of Miami (Fla.); J.T. Osburn 2005, Ohio University; Jeff Miller 2004, WV State University; Justin Jenkins, 2003 WVU; Drew Jackson, 2002 St. Johns University; Morgan Clendenin, 2002, Baltimore Orioles; Jake Ellifritz, 2000 Coastal Carolina.

The 2011 NJCAA Division 1 All-American baseball teams