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5/30/07

Patriots First Baseman Earns All-American Honors

The University of Texas at Tyler baseball team has received another honor for their 37-1 season. First baseman Brett Amyx (SR/Coppell, TX) was named to the inaugural D3Baseball All-America team, earning a spot on the website's national Third Team with his strong senior season.

Amyx paced UT Tyler with a dozen home runs, good for second all-time in the Patriots record books. He added forty runs scored, and led the entire American Southwest Conference with a .742 slugging percentage, and a Patriots record 63 RBI.

Amyx was also named to the ASC All-East First Team, as well as the American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region Second Team.

Patriots coach James Vilade says Amyx has raised his team to another level.

"Brett breaks some new ground for us here," Vilade said. "We had a few players named ASCAA All-American in our first year, but this raises us another level. He deserves it, and he's worked hard for it."

Vilade said that although Amyx's college career was over, he was still attacking the offseason and preparing to continue.

"Based on what I've heard from the scouts, Brett's got a good chance in the major league draft," Vilade said. "He's been working out everyday, staying in great shape and waiting on that chance. He may have a new team to play for in a few weeks."

Amyx, a 2003 draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles who chose college over a contract, says he's glad at the way things turned out in his career.

"I'd give that up in a heartbeat to go through this senior year again, with guys like Kendall, Goss, Clay, and Damewood. I've played for good teams, but this is definitely the most fun I've ever had playing baseball."

"It was just a blessing being around these guys. I wouldn't have traded this senior year for anything."

Major League Baseball's 2007 First-Year Player Draft will take place Thursday and Friday, June 7th and 8th. The first few rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2, with pick-by-pick coverage available on http://www.mlb.com/.

UT Tyler Sports Information Department Release.

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