WBU's Brett Cook Earns All-American Honors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/09

WBU's Brett Cook Earns All-American Honors

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Wayland Baptist's Brett Cook capped off a record-breaking season on Thursday by being selected as a 2009 First Team NAIA All-American.  Pioneer outfielder Franky Busani also earned national recognition, garnering Honorable Mention All-American honors.

A senior second baseman, Cook is just the second player in Pioneer history to earn First Team honors.  WBU 2009 Athletic Hall of Honor inductee Michael Reyes is the other. 

Cook was among the top five in the NAIA in several categories during 2009.  He set new school records with 107 hits and 88 runs scored, and led the team with a .473 batting average and had a team-high 17 doubles.  The Kearny, Ariz. native also knocked in 61 runs and had 14 homers for the Pioneers, who were 43-15 on the season and were one game away from Wayland's first-ever NAIA World Series appearance.

Other records established by Cook during his three-year career as a Pioneer include most hits in a game (5), most home runs in a game (3), most runs scored in a career (209), most hits in a career (269), most career doubles (50), highest career batting average (.426), and highest career slugging percentage (.731).  

Busani, a senior from Mesa, Ariz., belted out a school-record 23 home runs during 2009, and set a new mark for RBI with 84.  The transfer from New Mexico State University posted a .380 batting average with 82 hits, including 12 doubles and a triple in addition to the 23 homers, and scored 69 runs.

The All-America Team, which is selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Selection Committee, consists of 17 members on the First Team, 17 on the Second Team, and an Honorable Mention Team.

Oklahoma City's Brent Weaver was named the NAIA Player of the Year.  Other players from the Sooner Athletic Conference that made the First Team include LCU third baseman Ross Blondin, catcher Matt Powell of Southern Nazarene, and outfielders Will Stramp of LCU and Sammy Lee of Oklahoma City. 

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