Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) released the 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-American teams, Tuesday, Dec. 20, with New Mexico State senior right-hand pitcher Scott Coffman claiming third-team honors as a reliever. The Aggies earned points in the CBN Preseason Top 40 poll that was released on Monday.
Coffman, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., earned the honors after a spectacular 2011 season that saw him tie the school record with nine saves on the year. He is now second in the record books with 14-career saves. He finished the year with a 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA, while earning first team all-WAC honors.
"Scott has been a man of first's," head coach Rocky Ward said. "He was the first all-conference pitcher in Aggie history and now he is the first Pre-season All-American. I don't know of a more deserving guy."
His All-WAC selection came after he posted outstanding numbers. Coffman's 1.31 ERA with four saves, 16 strikeouts against just 15 hits in 20.2 innings were very impressive considering he didn't have much opportunity to pitch in save situations over the last three weekends of conference play.
With Coffman making first team, he becomes the first Aggie pitcher to ever be named First Team All-Conference in any of the Aggies' league affiliations (WAC, Sun Belt, Big West, Missouri Valley).
Coffman and the Aggies open the year with the Annual Alumni Game, Saturday, Feb. 11 at Presley Askew Field and open regular-season play with a four-game series against Wake Forest at home starting Feb. 17. Keep up with the 2012 Aggie baseball team at www.NMStateSports.com .