Fragale nabs second preseason All-America honor

BLACKSBURG – The 18th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers preseason All-America squad offers an inside glance at the top NCAA Division I players scheduled to star in the 160th season of intercollegiate baseball and includes Virginia Tech redshirt-senior Sam Fragale, a third team honoree. This is the second preseason All-American selection in 2018 for Fragale, who was tabbed a third teamer at third by Collegiate Baseball.

Fragale, who was a Second Team All-ACC first baseman last season, will move over to third base for the 2018 season. The native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, finished third on the team last year in average at .310, but led the Hokies with a .615 slugging percentage, 15 home runs, 63 RBI and 12 sacrifice flies – which also led the NCAA. Among the nation’s leaders, he also finished 17th in RBI per game (1.15), 32nd in total RBI, 55th in home runs, 58th in HRs per game (0.27), 65th in slugging percentage and 82nd in total bases (131).

Since the team joined the ACC back in 2005, Fragale’s RBI output was the second-most ever behind Ronnie Shaban’s 67 in 2010, his home runs were tied for second behind Andrew Rash’s 18 in 2011 and his slugging percentage was the third best.

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The 2018 season begins in just 11 days, as the Hokies head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a four-game tournament, while their home opener is scheduled for Feb. 27 against Radford. This year marks the 125th season of baseball at Tech. This Wednesday, the Hokies will hold media day, which can be viewed live on the team’s Facebook page – continue to check twitter or Facebook regarding the start time.

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