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Nick Madrigal

Oregon State junior Nick Madrigal picked up his second preseason All-America honor on Tuesday. 

Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Media

Oregon State junior infielder Nick Madrigal has been named a preseason first-team All-American, the online publication announced on Tuesday.

It's his second preseason honor after a first-team selection by Collegiate Baseball in December.

Madrigal, who was a unanimous All-American in 2017 after being named the Pac-12 Conference's player and defensive player of the year, batted .380 with four home runs and 40 RBIs as a sophomore. 

The Elk Grove, California, native also had 20 doubles, was 16 of 20 in stolen base attempts and drew 27 walks with just 16 strikeouts. In 109 career collegiate games and 432 at-bats, he has struck out just 30 times.

Madrigal carries a .359 career batting average into 2018, accumulating 31 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 69 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.

Beavers ranked second by Baseball America

Oregon State is ranked second by four media organizations to open the 2018 season as Baseball America released its preseason poll on Tuesday.

Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Perfect Game all have the Beavers ranked second behind Florida, the 2017 College World Series champion. 

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No. 3 Florida State, Arkansas and Texas Tech round out Baseball America's top five. 

Oregon State finished the 2017 season ranked third after advancing to the College World Series.

The Beavers will open the 2018 season Feb. 16 against New Mexico in Surprise, Arizona. 


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