May 21, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Junior Casey Kelley, who broke John Olerud's Washington State University and Pacific-10 Conference North home run record this season, was named to Collegiate Baseball's All-America third team Thursday.
Kelley, from Ellensburg, Wash., belted 25 home runs during WSU's 49-game season, topping Olerud's record of 23 set during a 66-game season in 1988. Olerud, who won college player of the year honors, is currently playing for the New York Mets.
The Cougar first baseman hit .335 during the season and led WSU in seven categories, home runs, runs-batted-in (68), total bases (151), slugging percentage (.830), walks (43), strikeouts (63) and putouts (377).
Kelley, who was also named to the All-Pacific-10 North first team, now ranks second in career home runs at WSU with 38. His 68 RBI is the sixth best total in WSU history. He also equaled two single-game records during the spring, walking four times against California State-Northridge, and blasted three home runs in a game against Gonzaga. He also had the team's longest hitting streak of the year, 13.
Four players representing Pac-10 schools were named to CB's first team, while one was named to the second team and four others were selected to the third team.
A pair of USC Trojans were named to the paper's first team, along with one player each from Stanford and UCLA. Pitcher Seth Etherton and relief specialist Jack Krawczyk represented USC, while Stanford pitching ace Jeff Austin and UCLA outfielder Eric Valent were also named to the team.
California second baseman Xavier Nady was the only player from the Pac-10 named to the second team. Third team picks, in addition to Kelley, included Oregon State pitcher Andrew Checketts and two third basemen, UCLA's Garrett Atkins and USC's Morgan Ensberg.
Kevin Mench, an outfielder from Delaware, was named player of the year by Collegiate Baseball. Mench hit .464 and collected 31 home runs, 16 doubles and two triples during the season.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The complete Collegiate Baseball team can be found on the internet at baseball-news.com.