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Chris Zbin has been named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball America

Anthony Grasso, Special to the Southern News-
Chris Zbin, junior and starting pitcher for Southern’s baseball team, has been named a Collegiate Baseball magazine pre-season All-American for the 2011 season.
“My initial reaction was surprised. I thought I had a good season, but not that good. After I thought about it, I felt deserving of the award and was extremely happy,” Zbin said.
Zbin is the number two starter for the Owls, and led the team with a record of seven wins and two losses in 2010.

Junior Chris Zbin led the Owls with seven wins and with 18 appearances last season. Photo Courtesy

Zbin commented on his preparation for this season, and the things he needs to do in order to live up to the pre-season All American honors.
“I’ve been lifting hard, running in practice everyday, and just doing anything I can to prepare myself for this season, said Zbin. “I really want to cut down on my walks this season and focus on throwing strikes.”
Zbin said his goal this season is to get 10 wins and to come in first in strikeouts.
“ I want to see the team get back to where it was last season, and make it to the 2011 World Series,” he said.
Tim Shea, head coach of the Owls, has been a part of the Southern community for more than two decades as a student-athlete, instructor, and coach, according to Southern’s athletic website.
“I think Chris is very deserving of the award. His performance on the field, winning games, and high strikeouts really helped us get as far as we did,” said Shea.
Coach Shea continuously commented on the hard work and great attitude of the All-American pitcher.
“Chris is always focused on the mound and knows what it takes to be a starter. He works harder and gets better each year, leading by example,” said Shea.
“Chris is his own player; he doesn’t model himself after anyone. He’s an outstanding teammate and he sets the tone with his leadership,” said Shea. “Chris is going to be successful regardless of what path he chooses.”
Junior shortstop Sam Greenberg commented on Zbin’s qualities as a teammate, player, and friend.
“Chris is a leader on and off the field,” he said. “He’s been my roommate and good friend for three years. One word to describe Chris is fun. I always root for him and I’m glad he got the award, he deserves it.”
Greenberg talked about the upcoming season, and what he expects out of Zbin.
“There’s no question he will live up to the expectations. He’s been dealing with an injury in his elbow, but it has only made him stronger and working harder,” said Greenberg.
Zbin touched on the injury and the role Coach Shea has played in his recovery.
“I had a little tendinitis in my elbow, I’m getting back into the groove now and I’m ready for this season,” Zbin said.
“I got a lot of support from Coach Shea; he’s always saying something positive to me which really helps me out,” said Zbin. “Coach Shea is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had.”
Zbin earned All-American, All-Region and All-Conference honors as a sophomore in 2010, according to Southern Connecticut’s athletic website. He also set a single-season record with 101 strikeouts, which is second highest in school history.
The Owls will open up play for the 2011 season next week when they head to Felician College in North Carolina.

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