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UA's Alfonso Rivas named All American; Talks about #3 Arizona baseball team

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Arizona junior first basemen Alfonso Rivas talked to News 4 Tucson after being named a Pre-Season All American.  Here's more from the KVOA sportscast:

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RIVAS GARNERS SEVERAL PRESEASON HONORS

Alfonso Rivas was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America Team on Monday, marking yet another preseason honor for the junior first baseman.

Rivas has also been named a second-team preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com and a third-team selection by Baseball America. The junior from San Diego hit .371 last season in 58 games. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage at .483 and had 13 doubles, seven home runs and 63 RBI. The 63 RBI were the most by an Arizona underclassman since 2003.

Rivas was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last season and was a second-team NCBWA All-America selection. Rivas was also a second-team All-West Region selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He ranked 13th in the country with his on-base percentage and was third in the Pac-12 in batting average. The first baseman was ranked as the 78th best college draft prospect for the 2018 draft by D1Baseball.

When he was selected to the NCBWA second-team last season, Rivas became the first Arizona underclassman to be named an NCBWA All-American since Keoni DeRenne in 1999.

Rivas was one of just three Pac-12 players named to the NCBWA first-team this preseason, joining Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal and Oregon closer Kenyon Yovan.

The Wildcats are closing in on the start of the 2018 season. Rivas and the Wildcats will be in action this Friday, Feb. 9 for their annual Meet the Team event at Hi Corbett Field, which begins at 6 p.m., with autographs to follow after.

Arizona then officially opens its season Feb. 16 at home versus Bryant in a three-game set.

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