Maxwell, Ricco named to Preseason All-America teams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Sophomore Bruce Maxwell and senior Brandon Ricco have been named to's Preseason All-America Team, the organization announced today. Maxwell earned Second-Team honors, while Ricco was named Honorable Mention.

Maxwell was a postseason Honorable Mention honoree last year as a freshman, and was named to the ABCA All-South Region Team. Maxwell was also voted SCAC Newcomer of the Year and an All-SCAC selection. He led the conference in home runs with 15 and finished second in slugging percentage (.860) and RBIs (61).

Ricco was named Rawlings/ABCA Second-Team All-America at the end of the 2010 campaign. He also received the South Region Gold Glove from Rawlings and the ABCA and was an All-South Region and All-SCAC selection. He led the Panthers in batting average (.473), on-base percentage (.511), and hits (79) last year, collecting the most hits of any player in the SCAC. On the defensive end, Ricco posted a .976 fielding percentage, committing just four errors in all 39 of the Panthers' games.

The Panthers open their 2011 schedule on the road at the Trinity University Tournament, but open their home slate on Feb. 12 against Maryville College at 1 p.m.