May 6, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS – Former Oregon State shortstop Darwin Barney has been named to the College World Series Legends Team as a utility player, the NCAA announced Thursday morning.
The 28 members of the Legends Team, pared down from an original list of 95 nominees, were selected after more than 100,000 votes were cast by college baseball fans, college baseball writers and Division I head baseball coaches. The members of the Legends Team are former student-athletes and coaches who had the best CWS performances throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Voting for the team was based solely on the former student-athletes’ performance when they were competing in the NCAA College World Series, and not for any regular season or post-collegiate performances.
Barney was a big part of Casey’s and the program’s success and was one of 10 shortstops available to be voted upon.
A native of Portland, Barney collected 52 assists during his three trips to Omaha, and that mark is the second-most among all players who have appeared at Rosenblatt Stadium in the College World Series. Barney was selected to the All-College World Series Team in 2007 after he batted .350 with a double, home run and five RBI while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
In his three years at Rosenblatt, he batted .298 (17-for-57) with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI. But as indicated above, with his 52 assists, Barney symbolizes the Oregon State defense that played nearly flawless during its three trips to Omaha.
As a team, the Beavers committed just 10 errors over those 15 games in Omaha, finishing with a fielding percentage of .983. Barney, meanwhile, manned shortstop for all 15 of those games and posted a fielding percentage of .963.
He’s currently a member of the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and is one of the organization’s prospects in 2010.
Oregon State head coach Pat Casey was also nominated for the Legends Team, but did not make the cut of three. Former LSU head coach Skip Bertman, ex-USC head man Rod Dedeaux and current Texas head coach Augie Garrido were selected instead.
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