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McMurry Standout Josh Lee Named ABCA Div. III Baseball All-American
June 1, 2004

Courtesy McMurry Sports Information Office

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. --- McMurry senior utility player Josh Lee, the ASC West Division Player of the Year, earned a spot on the Rawlings/NCAA Division III All-America Second Team selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association and announced during the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship tournament.

Josh Lee

Lee is the third American Southwest Conference player to earn ABCA All-America honors, joining 1998 First Team selection Joe Fishera, third baseman from McMurry, and 1999 Second Team pick Scott Kubosh, shortstop from Sul Ross State.

The All-America Second Team award is the latest in a list of honors for Lee (Abilene, Texas/Cooper HS) following the 2004 season. Lee claimed First Team honors on the ABCA All-West Region, All-ASC West Division, NCAA Division III Central Region All-Tournament and ASC Baseball Championship All-Tournament teams. He was also chosen the ASC West Division Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Playing mostly first base and designated hitter, Lee set an ASC record with 17 home runs in 2004 and led the conference with 53 runs batted in. He is tied for second in the nation with 17 homers and tied for seventh in home run average (0.39/game). He also led McMurry in fielding percentage (.990) and on-base average (.500), was second in total bases (112) and slugging (.772) and third in batting (.372).

On the mound, the right-hander was the Indians’ ace while leading the pitching staff with a 2.76 earned-run average, 8-3 won-lost record, four combined shutouts, 71 strikeouts while walking only 19 in 88 innings of work.

The school's career HR leader with 33, Lee helped McMurry (29-15 overall) to its third ASC championship and NCAA appearance in six years.

ASC Players Named ABCA Division III All-Americans

1998    First Team Joe Fishera 3B McMurry
1999 Second Team    Scott Kubosh    SS    Sul Ross State
2004 Second Team Josh Lee UT McMurry

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