Edwards Named ABCA All-Region

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior relief pitcher Daniel Edwards was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Tuesday as he was named to the 2008 ABCA All-Midwest Region Second Team.


Edwards, who also earned second-team accolades following the 2007, is the first Wildcat to earn all-region honors in back-to-back seasons. Heath Schesser and Scott Poepard were named all-region in 1997, while Pat Maloney was honored in 2002.


A right hander from Kingwood, Texas, Edwards became the first K-State player ever to be taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft as he was selected in the 25th round with the 766th overall pick last week.


Edwards, the Wildcat closer for the last two seasons, broke the school’s career and single-season saves records this past season with 26 and 12, respectively. He also broke the career records for game appearances and relief appearances with 86.


In 2008, Edwards was 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA to help lead the Wildcats to their highest conference finish since 2002 and the school’s first Big 12 Championship title game appearance.


American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Midwest All-Region

First Team

Catcher - Mitch Abeita, Sr., Nebraska

First Base Rebel Ridling, Sr., Oklahoma State

Second Base Ryan Goins, So., Dallas Baptist

Third Base Conor Gillaspie, Jr., Wichita State

Shortstop Brandon Douglas, Jr., UNI

Outfield Brian Van Kirk, Sr., Oral Roberts

Outfield Andy Dirks, Sr., Wichita State

Outfield Roger Kieschnick, Jr., Texas Tech

Outfield Joe Scaperotta, Sr., New Mexico State

Designated Hitter Ben Carlson, So., Missouri State

Starting Pitcher Aaron Crow, Jr., Missouri

Starting Pitcher Rob Musgrave, Sr., Wichita State

Starting Pitcher Tim Clubb, So., Missouri State

Relief Pitcher Andrew Cashner, Jr., TCU


Second Team

Catcher Kevin Dubler, Jr., Illinois State

First Base Luke Anders, Jr., Texas A&M

Second Base Jake Opitz, Sr., Nebraska

Third Base Dane Carter, Sr., Texas A&M

Shortstop Jose Duran, Jr., Texas A&M

Outfield Aaron Senne, So., Missouri

Outfield Sean McNaughton, So., Brigham Young

Outfield - Evan Bigley, Jr., Dallas Baptist

Outfield Kyle Russell, Jr., Texas

Designated Hitter Jacob Priday, Sr., Missouri

Starting Pitcher Johnny Dorn, Sr., Nebraska

Starting Pitcher Aaron Shafer, Jr., Wichita State

Starting Pitcher Anthony Capra, Jr., Wichita State

Relief Pitcher Daniel Edwards, Sr., Kansas State


There are four outfielders on each team because of ties.