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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Add first-team 2010 preseason All-America accolades to Ohio State junior catcher Dan Burkhart’s impressive resume of honors and achievements as Rivals.com today named him to its 2010 Preseason All-America Baseball Team.  

Rivals and Yahoo! Sports college baseball editor Kendall Rogers select and release only a first-team list of preseason All-Americans. The select group of 15 players includes seven position players, a designated hitter, a utility player, four starting pitchers and two relievers.

Rivals.com Preseason All-Americans

C – Dan Burkhart, Ohio State
1B – Cody Hawn, Tennessee
2B – Ross Wilson, Alabama
SS – Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton
OF – Jarrett Parker, Virginia
OF – Tyler Holt, Florida State
OF – Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State
DH – Blake Dean, LSU
UT – Danny Hultzen, Virginia

SP – Taylor Jungmann, Texas
SP – Anthony Ranaudo, LSU
SP – Josh Spence, Arizona State
SP – Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech
RP – Addison Reed, San Diego State
RP – Matty Ott, LSU

Rivals.com referred to Burkhart, last year’s Big Ten Conference Player of the Year after hitting .354 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI, as the “heart and soul for the Buckeyes” and “he is solid behind the plate and an excellent hitter.”

Burkhart had previously been named second-team preseason All-America by PING! Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America.

Ohio State opens its season Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., at the University of North Florida. The team will also play Florida A&M and Richmond at North Florida’s home park, Harmon Stadium over the weekend.

Note: Interviews with Ohio State coach Bob Todd and student-athletes will take place Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

###OhioStateBuckeyes.com###