Thursday Jan. 22, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. – USC Aiken’s Ken Raborn was chosen to the Peach Belt Conference’s 2009 preseason baseball All-Conference team on Thursday.
The 2009 preseason team featured 11 players from the conference’s 10 teams. The team is administered and voted on by the league’s sports information directors. The preseason team is diverse with players from eight different schools on the team. Only Francis Marion, North Georgia and GCSU placed more than one player on the squad.
A senior, Raborn (Evans, Ga./Evans) finished last year second among all USC Aiken players with a .339 batting average. He finished in the top 10 in six categories in the Peach Belt Conference in 2008.
Raborn, who was named all-league last season as a utility player, was second on the Pacers in almost every major offensive category to teammate and National and Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Chad Jacobsen in 2008. He finished in the top 10 in six categories in the Peach Belt Conference.
He was third in the conference in walks (51), fourth in the conference in home runs (17), fifth in the league in RBIs (69), eighth in the conference in total bases (145) and on-base percentage (464) and ninth in the PBC in runs scored (58).
Raborn had a total of 17 multiple RBI games, collecting a team-best four 4 RBI games. He finished the year with 24 multi-hit games. He was one of only five Pacers to record a 10-game or more hitting streak, securing a 10-game hitting streak.
The 2009 USC Aiken baseball team enters the 2009 season as a consensus top 10 preseason selection by all the major NCAA Division II baseball outlets. The Pacers were chosen as the No. 10 nation in the preseason by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, while PING! Baseball dubbed the Pacers the No. 6 team in the country.