Courtesy of Catholic, Drew, Elizabethtown, Scranton, & Susquehanna Athletic Communications
The 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Region teams and Regional Players of the Year were announced in all eight regions late Tuesday afternoon. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Americans will be announced the evening of Thursday, May 30. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced Wednesday, June 19.
To view the entire 2019 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region selections, click here.
For the third-consecutive season, Catholic University pitcher Jon Mierzwa has been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) / Rawlings All-Region Team. After receiving third-team honors in his last two seasons, the senior earns the Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team accolade for the first time after an outstanding final season for the Cardinals.
The distinction adds to a lengthy list of awards as the right hander from Laurel, Md. became the first Catholic baseball player to be a four-time all-conference and three-time all-region selection in program history after being named to the D3baseball.com All-Region team last week.
Mierzwa earns Second Team honors after being the Landmark's most dominant pitcher this spring. In the final start of his career, he became the all-time leader in Landmark Conference history with 286 career strikeouts. He made his mark on Catholic baseball's history as well as he is the first Cardinal to be awarded Landmark Pitcher of the Year. Mierzwa led the conference in a few major pitching categories, tying for the lead in wins (7), leading all pitchers in strikeouts (72), and boasting the best earned run average for starters (2.02). Boasting a 7-0 record in starts, Mierzwa struck out 72 batters in 66.2 innings and added two complete games. In conference games, the senior went 4-0 with 39 strikeouts.
Senior shortstop Zach Lipshitz of the Drew University baseball team has earned a spot on the American Baseball Coaches of America (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team, it was announced on Tuesday. Lipshitz becomes just the fourth all-region selection in program history and just the third ABCA all-region pick.
Earlier this month, Lipshitz was also honored with First-Team All-Landmark Conference recognition, becoming the first Ranger in program history to earn the distinction three times. Lipshitz is coming off a tremendous season in which he led the Rangers in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.395), hits (51), runs (37), and home runs (seven). Among the Landmark Conference leaders, he finished third in batting, tied for fourth in runs, tied for second in homers, and second in walks (28). Lipshitz closed out his career on a remarkable streak of reaching base in 25 straight games.
A four-year starter, Lipshitz played in 136 games and made 127 starts. For his career, he tied for second in school history in hits (174) and finished third in batting (.360), sixth in runs (107), seventh in RBIs (92), eighth in doubles (30), sixth in home runs (10), and tied for eighth in games played. Also an outstanding defensive performer, he finished with a .939 fielding percentage.
Elizabethtown's Derek Manning was named to the Mid-Atlantic Second Team, his second consecutive ABCA/Rawlings All-Region selection.
Already a D3baseball.com all-region pick, Manning adds another regional honor to his list of achievements. The junior was already named to the Landmark First Team Outfield for the second straight season. Manning becomes the seventh player in program history to earn multiple ABCA All-Region honors and the first since Kyle Fackler in 2016 and 2017.
Connor Harding of The University of Scranton baseball team who seen his resume swell with multiple awards following a record-breaking spring for the Royals. Harding has most recently been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Region Second Team as announced late Tuesday. Harding is just the fourth player in Scranton history to earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors, joining Chris Bligh (First Team - 2008, 2009, 2010), David Giglio (Third Team - 2011), and Tommy Trotter (Third Team - 2015, 2018).
The All-Region recognition is the latest accolade to be bestowed on Harding, who was named to a D3baseball.com Third Team All-American earlier on Tuesday after earning Second Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors from the same organization. He was also named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year, was a First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree, and was chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team earlier this spring.
This past season, Harding led Scranton to the Landmark Conference playoffs as the Royals went 17-22 overall while posting a 9-9 record in conference action. At the plate, Harding recorded a remarkable .464 batting average, the third-highest mark in Scranton history, while setting program records with 70 hits and nine triples. He also hit eight doubles and three home runs while driving in 34 runs and scoring 46 runs while going 14-for-17 on stolen base attempts.
The Landmark Conference leader in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, and triples, Harding ranked among the nation's top hitters while also logging a .517 on-base percentage and a .695 slugging percentage.
Steve Lorenz of the Susquehanna University Baseball team has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Third Team, as announced late Tuesday afternoon. The selection was based on the votes of the members of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Lorenz led an extremely deep River Hawk squad with 68 hits and 18 doubles, with the latter statistic leading the entire Landmark Conference. He also had three home runs, 33 RBI, 29 runs scored and 99 total bases. His .395 batting average was good enough for tops on the team, was second in on-base percentage (.461), and third in stolen bases (12).
This strong effort by Lorenz helped guide the team to its third Landmark Conference Championship in six years. He and the rest of the River Hawks consistently hit well against nearly every pitcher they faced, including the number one starter for No. 8 TCNJ in the first game of the NCAA tournament. Lorenz had a clutch two-run single in that game, part of a 15-hit outburst for Susquehanna in a 5-4 win.