June 17, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio - Recent 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft selections and former University of Cincinnati baseball players, Lance Durham and Mike Spina, have been honored as 2009 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Mideast Region selections, the ABCA, and Ohio University head coach and NCAA Mideast Region All-American Committee Chairman Joe Carbone announced today. Durham was a first-team ABCA/Rawlings NCAA All-Mideast selection, while Spina earned second-team accolades.
Durham, who recently signed with the Toronto Blue Jays after being selected in the 14th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 10, broke UC's single-season hits record with 99 hits, eclipsing Kevin Youkilis' previous record of 96 hits set during the 1999 campaign. Durham also set the program's single-season batting average record with a .427 average, besting Mark Gabbard's previous record of .413 in 1993 by 14 points. Durham also displayed his power throughout the season adding nine home runs and 53 RBI.
Durham led the BIG EAST Conference in hits and ranked second in batting average and slugging percentage en route to earning second-team all-conference honors and Pro-Line/NCBWA Third-Team All-American plaudits.
Spina, who had arguably the finest two-year career in UC history, was an 11th-round choice by the Oakland Athletics in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Newberry, Fla., native broke his own single-season home runs record with 23 round-trippers and added 69 RBI. In just two seasons, Spina combined to hit 44 home runs and drive in 158 runs, which rank third and fifth, respectively, on UC's career charts. Spina also finished his career ranking in UC's Top 10 in batting average, sacrifice flies, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.
Spina's 23 home runs ranked second in the BIG EAST and he was named a second-team all-conference performer for the second time in as many seasons.