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Three Bobcats Earn College Sports Madness Preseason Accolades

Tyler Wells

Jan. 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio - Three Ohio University baseball players were named to the 2013 College Sports Madness Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Baseball Team this week.

Sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) received first team honors, while fellow sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) each received second team honors from the publication.

Wells received first team recognition following a strong 2012 freshman campaign where he posted the team's third-best batting average, finishing with a mark of .315. He also collected 63 hits, 13 doubles and five home runs. Wells saw most of his action in right field and was one of five players, who played in 50-or-more games during the 2012 season.

Gaertner garnered second team honors after he finished second on the team in batting average (.338). As a freshman, the Ohio catcher appeared in 45 games and made 41 starts. He also belted one home run, drove in 24 runs, collected 51 hits and scored 25 runs, while striking out just 12 times - fewest among all Bobcat starters.

Barber was named second team after he led the Bobcats with six saves and helped Ohio sport the second-lowest team earned run average in the MAC. His six saves ranked sixth in the league. In 20 appearances, Barber posted a 2.75 ERA and was a perfect 3-0 on the year.

Ohio opens the 2013 season on Feb. 16 as it travels to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Valparaiso, beginning at Noon (EST).