Former Northeastern A&M infielder Mike Sodders has earned his second pre-season All-American honor.
Sodders, a senior second baseman at New Mexico State, is a first-team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association selection and was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger pre-season second team.
“I am truly honored to get another honor like this,” Sodders said in a New Mexico State release after receiving the Louisville Slugger award. “It gives my team the recognition that it deserves because everyone here has been working hard to achieve our goals this season.”
Sodders, who hails from Moreno Valley, Calif., is the sixth player in Aggie history to become a pre-season Collegiate Baseball All-American.
Despite playing over half the season with a knee brace because of a torn ligament, Sodders was a second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honoree in 2009.
He became only the 23rd Aggie to ever finish a season hitting .400 or above.
Sodders wound up with a .422 average — tops in the WAC — while driving in 68 RBIs, 19 doubles and 13 home runs.
Sodders played third base and shortstop at NEO for Ward’s brother, Roger, in 2007 and 2008.
The Norsemen won the Bi-State Athletic Conference title both seasons.
Sodders earned second-team all-Bi-State honors as a sophomore, when he shared the team lead with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs. He hit .353 and scored 38 runs.
“I am proud of Mike (Sodders) for make his second All-American team,” New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward said in the release. “This time it is a little sweeter because it comes with our first pre-season ranking in several years.”
The Aggies received votes in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I pre-season poll and would be ranked at No. 59 if the list continued on.
New Mexico State was ranked ahead of such teams as Hawai’i, Washington, Southern California, New Mexico and Georgia State, all on the Aggies’ 2010 schedule.