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Thompson Named Under Armour Preseason All-American

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2014 Concord University baseball signee Patrick Thompson has been named to the Under Armour Preseason All-America team according to a recent release by Baseball Factory, Inc. Thompson, who is a senior at Carlisle School, was part of Concord's fall recruiting class that was announced on Nov. 15.

The 2013 Under Armour Preseason All-Americans are selected based on a strong performance at a previous Baseball Factory Event or recommendation by a pro scout.

As an Under Armour Preseason All-American, Thompson and the rest of the selections will be divided up into teams by region and compete in a 20-team wood bat tournament to compete for the Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament championship. The tournament will take place January 18-20 in Tucson, Arizona at the Kino Sports Complex, the former Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox.

Thompson enters his senior season at Carlisle after a junior season in which he was named the Virginia Independent Conference Player of the Year. He earned the award by hitting .390 with 18 runs scored, 10 RBI, one home run and a .507 on-base percentage in 75 plate appearances. Thompson also made 13 appearances as a pitcher in 2012, finishing the season 4-5 with one save and a 3.58 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched.

"Patrick is a big strong young man who has a very high ceiling," Concord head coach Andrew Wright said. "We are excited to see him develop in his time at Concord.  I am looking forward to seeing his contributions to our program."

Thompson chose Concord because of what the school offered on and off the field.

"Concord provides the essentials I need to begin my career in my field of study as well as allowing me to continue my baseball career," Thompson said. "Coach Wright and coach (Jeff) Jefferson are building a program of extraordinary athletes as well as molding them into men prepared for life and I want to be a part of that."

Thompson was one of eight future Mountain Lions that Wright signed as part of Concord's fall recruiting class for 2014.

Concord finished 26-27 overall and 20-15 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last year. The Mountain Lions, which are just two seasons removed from their 2011 WVIAC title, were recently predicted to win the WVIAC-South Division in 2013 by

Concord's 2013 season starts with a three-game series vs. Armstrong Atlantic Feb. 8-9 in Savannah, Ga.