Feb. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - With just a week until the season opens, Georgetown University senior baseball player Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) was named to the preseason All-BIG EAST team, and was recognized as one of the top outfielders in the conference by collegebaseballinsider.com.
The Hoyas, who open the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17 with the first of three games at Charleston Southern (2 pm.) in South Carolina, were picked to finish in 12th in the BIG EAST in a vote of the league's coaches.
Ravnaas, who was selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates (first pick of the 39th round - the 1,172nd pick overall), was one of three outfielders selected to the All-BIG EAST team and was the only player from Georgetown.
Ravnaas was also recognized as one of the top outfielders in the BIG EAST by collegebaseballinsider.com in several categories. In a vote among the league's coaches run by the website, Ravnaas was recognized in three categories. He was one of three players in the league selected as the best pure hitter and was selected as the most under-rated hitter and the best base runner.
Ravnaas' play during the 2011 season certainly put him on the radar screens of major league teams. A right-fielder, he earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team, the first time a Georgetown player earned honors on the league's top team since 2005, when first baseman Ryan Craft was tabbed.
Ravnaas finished the season leading the team in batting with a .352 average, which ranked sixth in the BIG EAST. He led the Hoyas in hits (75), doubles (18), slugging percentage (.545), on-base percentage (.399) and stolen bases (26), tied for the lead in home runs (5) and triples (4) and was second on the team with 37 runs batted in.
He finished ninth in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in hits, sixth in doubles, tied for second in triples, seventh in total bases (116) and second in stolen bases. Against league opponents, Ravnaas posted a .302 batting average (32-for-106) with 10 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, 11 RBI and eight stolen bases.
In addition to Ravnaas' honor, redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) was selected as one the three best defensive infielders in the BIG EAST.