Holder, Frazier Named To NCBWA Preseason All-America Team

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Jonathan Holder
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - A pair of Mississippi State baseball players who starred on State's 2012 SEC Tournament championship team have been named to the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America Team.

Junior shortstop Adam Frazier (Bishop, Ga.) and sophomore relief ace Jonathan Holder (Gulfport, Miss.) are among nine diamond standouts representing five Southeastern Conference teams on the all-America unit announced this week by the NCBWA.

Frazier, a member of the 2012 USA Baseball National Collegiate Team and SEC Tournament MVP, ranked third in the Southeastern Conference last year with a .371 batting average and 91 hits. He also led the SEC with 279 assists, most by a Mississippi State shortstop, and had a hand in 51 of MSU's nation-leading and school-record 71 double plays.

Holder opened his collegiate career with a school-record 27-1/3 innings of shutout pitching and concluded his rookie campaign with nine saves, two wins and a miniscule 0.32 earned run average in 24 relief appearances. He tallied a win and eight saves in his last 11 appearances, helping lead Mississippi State to its 32nd NCAA postseason advancement while earning consensus freshman all-America team honors.

LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes joined Holder on the NCBWA first-team listing while Frazier was the SEC's lone second-team selection. Third-team honorees from the SEC included outfielder Austin Cousino, utility player A.J. Reed and pitcher Corey Littrell of Kentucky, first baseman Mason Katz of LSU and pitcher Tyler Webb of South Carolina.

Both Frazier and Holder also earned academic all-conference honors in 2012.

Mississippi State opens its 2013 baseball season and a school-record 37-game home schedule Feb. 15-17 hosting first-time foe Portland in a four-game series at Dudy Noble Field.


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