Alabama’s Prielipp, Diodati Named NCBWA Preseason All-Americans

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s Connor Prielipp and Owen Diodati were selected as 2021 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-Americans, the organization announced on Wednesday. Prielipp picked up first-team honors as a starting pitcher while Diodati received third-team recognition in the outfield.

The preseason All-America nod from the NCBWA was Prielipp’s fourth of the spring, as he was also named a first-teamer by Collegiate Baseball News, and Perfect Game USA.

First Team All-American

Connor Prielipp, Starting Pitcher

  • Totaled four preseason first team All-America honors along with first team All-SEC recognition heading into Friday’s season opener
  • Built a name for himself as a freshman, going 3-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA across his 21.0 innings of work
  • Gave up just five hits while walking six for an SEC-low 0.52 WHIP
  • Punched out 35 batters and limited opposing hitters to a league-low .077 batting average

Third Team All-American

Owen Diodati, Outfielder

  • Batted .309 as a freshman with nine extra-base hits, including three doubles, a triple and five home runs
  • Recorded 22 RBI and maintained a .673 slugging percentage to lead all SEC freshmen hitters
  • Tied for third in RBI and seventh in homers across all league hitters in 2020
  • Finished as the Crimson Tide’s RBI leader while ranking second in home runs

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