June 3, 2010
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By Brian Ormiston
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - A pair of UCF outfielders were named Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-Americans as senior Chris Duffy (Orlando, Fla.) and senior Shane Brown (Winter Park, Fla.) both earned the prestigious honor Thursday. The last time a Knight was selected as an All-American was when pitchers Matt Fox and Kyle Bono received the accolade in 2004.
In all, UCF has now had nine All-Americans since it turned Division I in 1985. That list includes Tim Barker in 1985, Chad Mottola in 1992 and Justin Pope, Jason Arnold and Jeremy Kurella in 2001.
The Knights were just five teams in the entire nation with two Louisville Slugger All-American hitters this year, joining Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Tennessee Tech and New Mexico. Duffy was awarded with a spot on the second team, while Brown nabbed a slot on the third team.
Not only an All-American, Duffy is a semifinalist for the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, which are given to the best player in the country. He set the UCF and Conference USA records with a .447 batting average and an. 850 slugging percentage. The left-handed hitting left fielder also broke the school mark with 21 homers and 81 RBI.
Duffy capped off his 2010 campaign with three homers in the series at Tulane, highlighted by his first-collegiate grand slam in his final UCF at-bat. That four-bagger also enabled Duffy to tie UCF's career home-run record with 43.
Brown delivered once again for the Knights in 2010, going .428 at the plate with a .541 on-base percentage, 25 doubles and a .692 slugging percentage. The right fielder finished in UCF's top-10 in career batting average, HBP, doubles, OBP, sac flies, total bases, hits, slugging, RBI, runs and homers.
The former walk-on developed into one of the most consistent hitters in school history. In each of his final three seasons, Brown never hit below .340 and had at least 43 RBI every year.