Duffy Grabs a Spot on the Yahoo! Sports All-America Team

June 15, 2010

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Rated as the top outfielder in the country for most of the season by Yahoo! Sports' Kendall Rogers, UCF senior left fielder Chris Duffy remained among the nation's elite at the end of the year as he was named to the Yahoo! Sports All-America Team Tuesday. Duffy now has been selected as an All-American by three different outlets.

Unlike other All-America baseball squads where there is a first, second and third team, Yahoo! Sports only has a first team and Duffy was one of the three outfielders to receive the accolade.

"Perhaps the greatest story this season was UCF senior outfielder Chris Duffy. He had an amazing final year for the Knights, hitting .447 with 21 homers and 81 RBIs to earn a spot on the team," said Rogers in his release, which can be found at Yahoo! Sports All-American Team.

Along with being an All-American, Duffy is currently one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, which is comparable to the Heisman Trophy in college football. Fans help decide the winner as they collectively serve as one voter on the panel, and they have been flooding GoldenSpikesAward.com as Duffy leads the five finalists with over 60 percent of the vote. Voting will end Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The winner will be named at the MLB All-Star FanFest July 13 in Anaheim, Calif.

An Orlando native, Duffy produced eye-popping numbers in 2010, including posting a UCF and Conference USA record .447 batting average as well as an .850 slugging percentage. He also pounded out a school-record 21 homers, and with two dingers in his final collegiate game, Duffy tied the UCF career home run record as he finished with 43 long balls as a Knight.

Meanwhile, Ping!Baseball also announced some postseason awards this week, and Duffy was a First-Team All-American, senior right fielder Shane Brown was selected as a Third-Team All-American and third baseman Chris Taladay earned a spot on the Freshman All-American Third Team.

For a full list of all of the awards UCF has received this year, click HERE.