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Stars take teams to new heights

Former Providence Christian teammates David Frazier and J.D. Pullen parted ways for college baseball, but they're already guiding their new teams to unprecedented success.

Frazier won the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series title last week, earning the championship in the team's first-ever appearance. Pullen and his Chattanooga State Community College team also qualified for its first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series, scheduled for this weekend in Grand Junction, Col.

Frazier was the starting shortstop for his national championship team, hitting a team-best .436 with two home runs, 47 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a team-high .528 on-base percentage.

His fellow 2008 Providence grad, Pullen, also has posted an excellent season.

Pullen is hitting .405 with four homers, 35 RBs and 17 stolen bases for Chattanooga, which beat Gordon College last weekend to win its first East Central District championship. The team makes its NJCAA World Series debut today against Hutchinson Community College.

BASEBALL

Plagman named first-team All-ACC

Wesleyan's Tony Plagman, a senior at Georgia Tech, was named first-team All-ACC earlier this week.

Plagman entered this week's ACC Tournament hitting .359 with a league-best 19 home runs, 70 RBIs and 15 doubles. He also ranks third in the ACC with a .713 slugging percentage.

Teammate Chase Burnette of Buford is coming off a big week prior to the ACC tourney. The junior outfielder hit .556 with four doubles, a homer and four RBIs in four games last week.

Freeman, Langley honored by A-Sun

Brookwood grad Ronnie Freeman and Parkview grad Michael Langley were named the All-Atlantic Sun Conference second team this week. Freeman also was an all-freshman selection.

Freeman, a freshman catcher at Kennesaw State, led the Owls with a .365 batting average, including .394 in league play. He also had team bests of 77 hits and 47 RBIs. He finished the season on a 29-game hitting streak.

Langley, a senior at Mercer, was the second-team selection at second base. He hit a team-high .399 with six home runs, 46 RBIs and 23 doubles.

Cain gets academic award

Valdosta State senior Clayton Cain was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team as a third-teamer on Tuesday. The Brookwood grad maintains a 3.47 GPA.

Cain led VSU in batting average (.429) and hits (90) this spring and was second in RBIs (75) and runs (67). His 20 home runs also were second in the Gulf South Conference.

SOFTBALL

Reese named to All-American team

Truett-McConnell's Meaghan Reese, a Buford grad, was named a second-team All-American by the National Christian College Athletic Association.

The junior outfielder hit .429 with two home runs, 42 RBIs and a team-best 57 hits, including 14 doubles. She helped TMC to 24 wins, a school record.

Heusel honored for season

Collins Hill grad Nicole Heusel was selected by her Brevard College coaches as the team's most improved player after a strong freshman season.

Heusel moved from a bench player to starter early in the season, playing second base and right field. Batting in the leadoff spot, she hit .287 with 16 RBIs, nine doubles and a .944 fielding percentage.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.