The 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-America teams have been released by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. Nine of the student-athletes selected for All-America teams were playing in the NCAA Div. II College World Series this week in Grand Prarie, Texas.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections, which were announced last Wednesday, were nominated for All-America honors. In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 21, and the ABCA Players of the Year will be announced Wednesday, June 28.
The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
The Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Rudy Garbalosa of Lynn University. Also on the committee are Jim Gantt of Catawba College, Harry Hillson of Mansfield University, Rick Giannetti of Dominican College, Rob Penders of St. Edwards University, Kyle Poock of Winona State University, Jamie Detillion of Grand Valley State University and Randy Betten of Cal Poly Pomona.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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|2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams|
|NCAA Div. II All-America First Team|
|1B||Zack Shannon||Jr.||Delta State||MS|
|2B||Alex DeLaCruz||Jr.||Eastern New Mexico||NM|
|SS||Brandon Benson||Sr.||Georgia College||GA|
|OF||Bligh Madris||So.||Colorado Mesa||CO|
|OF||Pablo O'Connor||Jr.||Azusa Pacific||CA|
|P||Kyle Leahy||So.||Colorado Mesa||CO|
|P||Dalton Roach||Jr.||Minnesota State||MN|
|P||Austin Hutchison||Sr.||Mount Olive||NC|
|RP||Zach Mozingo||Sr.||Mount Olive||NC|
|NCAA Div. II All-America Second Team|
|C||Hunter Hisky||So.||Southwest Baptist||MO|
|1B||Justin Childers||Jr.||Ohio Dominican||OH|
|3B||Max Hogan||Sr.||Missouri Southern||MO|
|INF||Mason McClellan||Jr.||Columbus State||GA|
|OF||Logan Augustine||Jr.||Lincoln Memorial||TN|
|OF||Trevor Rucker||Sr.||Southern Arkansas||AR|
|OF||Nick Beinlich||Jr.||Belmont Abbey||NC|
|DH||Shane Dressler||Jr.||West Chester||PA|
|P||Marshall Kasowski||Jr.||West Texas A&M||TX|
|P||Casey Costello||Jr.||Chico State||CA|
|RP||Gibson Russ||Sr.||Central Oklahoma||OK|
|NCAA Div. II All-America Third Team|
|C||Kyle Serrano||Sr.||Colorado Mesa||CO|
|2B||Ryan McBroom||Sr.||Emporia State||KS|
|3B||Cal Gentry||Fr.||Georgia College||GA|
|SS||Joseph Pena||Jr.||St. Thomas Aquinas||NY|
|INF||Cole Taylor||Jr.||Illinois Springfield||IL|
|OF||Michael Gouge||Gr.||North Georgia||GA|
|DH||Ryan Patterson||Sr.||Armstrong State||GA|
|P||Frankie Moscatiello||Jr.||St. Thomas Aquinas||NY|
|P||Bryant Haralson||Jr.||Henderson State||AR|
|P||Joseph Benitez||Sr.||USC Aiken||SC|
|P||Jake Walsh||Jr.||Florida Southern||FL|
|RP||Rusty Huber||Sr.||Rogers State||OK|