Tuesday July 22, 2008
ATHENS, Ga.---University of Georgia infielder Rich Poythress has been named a starter for the 46th annual Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game Saturday at Veterans Field in Chatham, Mass.
Poythress has helped the Orleans Cardinals to a league best 21-9-1 record. Since Poythress arrived at the end of June, Orleans is 14-1-1. He is batting .340 with four doubles, eight RBI, 16 walks and a .507 on base percentage in the wood bat league. Poythress will represent the Eastern Division as each division's respective coaches select the All-Star teams.
Poythress is one of eight Bulldogs who headed to the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) following their dramatic run to the College World Series Finals. He has seen most of his action at third base for the Cardinals while he earned a spot on the All-SEC Defensive team as a first baseman this past season for the Bulldogs. Poythress batted .374 with 15 home runs and 75 RBI for the Bulldogs, and those offensive numbers ranked second on the team behind consensus All-American and Major League Baseball first round draft pick Gordon Beckham.
Recently, Poythress received national recognition for his stellar play at
first base for the Bulldogs, earning a Gold Glove Award as voted on by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Sporting Goods. He recorded a .995 fielding percentage in 69 starts with a school record 55 assists to go with 535 putouts. He is the second Bulldog in school history to receive a Gold Glove. In 2007, Georgia senior outfielder Jonathan Wyatt was one of the nine inaugural recipients. He led all SEC outfielders with a perfect 1.000 Fielding Percentage in 164 total chances. Currently, Wyatt is playing in the Chicago Cubs organization after being a 13th-round draft pick.