June 5, 2009
KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's Dan Rhault (Lincoln, R.I.) was one of five shortstops to earn Honorable Mention accolades on the All-Ping!Baseball National Team. Rhault was the lone Atlantic 10 baseball player to be recognized on the list.
The 2009 Atlantic 10 Player of the year, Rhault finished the season leading the team with a .393 batting average, 60 RBI, 12 home runs, three grand slams, 25 multiple-hit games, 15 multiple-RBI games, a .657 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base percentage. His 60 RBI marked a new single-season record while he fell just one shy of the top spot for single-season hits and home runs. An All-New England second-team selection and member of the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award watch list - which honors the nation's top shortstop - Rhault contributed to 28 double plays and one triple play in the field.
There are just over 300 DI college baseball teams and approximately 30 players per ball club. That means there's nearly 9,000 players to choose from for about 125 All Ping!Baseball positions. Thus, you're narrowing down the list to the top 1% of college players. With that being said, the student-athletes on this list can really play some serious hardball. What's even more amazing is the caliber of the players who are not on the list. There easily could have been another half dozen All Ping!Baseball teams with little drop in quality.