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Baseball Trio Named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball

Baseball Trio Named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball

TUCSON, Ariz. – Coastal Carolina University baseball freshmen Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West), Taylor Motter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) and Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) have been named 2009 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans, Collegiate Baseball announced today.   Meo, a righthanded pitcher, was 9-2 with a 2.93 earned-run average in 17 appearances for the Chanticleers his first season on campus. Meo struck out 68 batters in 76.2 innings while holding opponents to a .233 batting average. A First Team All-Big South honoree at starting pitcher, Meo had a 5-2 record in conference play. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in the win over VMI May 10 and pitched seven innings, allowing just two earned runs with six strikeouts, in a Big South Tournament win over High Point May 22. Meo was the first-ever freshman Opening Day starter in the Gary Gilmore era, striking out six in six innings in a 16-3 win over Southern Illinois Feb. 20.   Motter, a shortstop, hit .286 with 18 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 31 runs-batted-in for the Chants in his freshman campaign. Motter hit .326 in Big South play and led the team for most of the season in doubles. He was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in a win over Tennessee Feb. 27 and went 5-for-7 with five runs scored, three RBI and three doubles in a win over Stony Brook March 8. Motter was 3-for-4 with two doubles against Presbyterian April 25 and had three hits at Hawai’i March 27.   Bowman, an outfielder, hit .333 with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 54 RBI for the Chanticleers his first season on campus. A Second Team All-Big South honoree, He had a .590 slugging percentage and hit .381 in Big South tilts. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional win over Kansas May 29 and had three RBI and three hits in a Big South Tournament win over High Point May 22. In a regular-season game against High Point, Bowman had five RBI, which included a home run. He set a Coastal Carolina single-season home run record by a freshman and had 25 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI performances.   Coastal Carolina ended the 2009 season after winning the Big South regular-season and tournament title. The Chants also had eight All-Big South honorees and four All-Big South Tournament selections.