LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland pitcher Aaron Wilkerson was one of 17 players named to the 2011 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team, as announced by the national office.
Wilkerson posted a 14-1 record with a 2.13 earned-run-average and 125 strikeouts in 101.1 innings last season. The Waco, Texas, native appeared in 17 contests with 15 starts, tossing 11 complete games with three shutouts. He posted 14 straight victories after losing his first start of the year.
Wilkerson was especially dominant in the postseason, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Bethel University in the TranSouth Championships in Paducah, Ky., and then striking out 17 in another complete game shutout versus Campbellsville University in the NAIA Championships Opening Round in Joliet, Ill.
He recorded a pair of victories in the NAIA World Series, striking out 13 and giving up just one run in eight innings versus Embry-Riddle in the opener for CU. Then in the championship game, Wilkerson tossed eight innings of four-hit ball before running into trouble in the ninth but still escaping, starting a game-ending doubleplay in the Bulldogs 4-3 triumph.
The Preseason All-America team was chosen by the NAIA All-America Selection Committee. The NAIA Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 poll will be released on November 16.
2011 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team
Sharif Othman, California Baptist
Brian Sharp, California Baptist
Taylor Siemens, California Baptist
Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland Univ.
Kevin Park, Dickinson State
Phillip Reamy, Embry-Riddle
Justin Medeiros, Indiana Tech
Andrew Broulliette, LSU-Shreveport
Kevin Smith, LSU-Shreveport
Jason Thrivett, Milligan College
George Ban, Missouri Valley College
Anthony Lopez, Oklahoma Baptist
Chad Carman, Oklahoma City Univ.
Danny Gesick, Shawnee State
Phillip Butler, Shawnee State
Corey Schultz, Univ. of St. Francis-IL
Kevin Hennessey, Wayland Baptist