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Smoak earns consensus All-America honors

South Carolina first baseman Justin Smoak earned first-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association. With the selection, Smoak is a consensus first-team All-America choice for 2008.

Smoak also received first-team accolades from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Smoak was the No. 11 overall pick by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the major league draft earlier this month.

Smoak was USC’s leading hitter this season with a .383 batting average, 23 home runs and 72 RBIs. In his three-year career at Carolina, Smoak set school records for home runs (62), runs batted in (207), bases on balls (151) and total bases (485). He is fifth on the SEC career list for home runs and is of only seven players in SEC history to record 60 or more homers.

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