Redhawks' Klocke picked preseason All-American

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Southeast Missouri State junior catcher Jim Klocke has been selected to the Ping!Baseball Preseason All-American Team.

Klocke was named to the all-Ohio Valley Conference first team last season after leading conference catchers with a .357 batting average. He ranked seventh in the conference in both on-base percentage and runs scored, while leading Southeast in batting average, runs, walks and on-base percentage.

Klocke has played in 107 games and has a .341 batting average during his Southeast career. He has posted a .475 slugging percentage, .456 on-base percentage and 124 hits. He has scored 91 runs, smacked 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 78 RBIs.

Klocke has led Southeast in walks in both of his seasons.

Klocke, a former Missouri high school player of the year at Vianney High School, was named a Ping!Baseball and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2007.

Two other OVC players were placed on the All-American squad -- Ben Tootle of Jacksonville State and Brett Nommensen of Eastern Illinois.

-- From staff reports

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