Three @ASUNBSB Players Earn Postseason Honors

LakePoint, Ga. – FGCU's Nick Rivera, Stetson's Logan Gilbert and USC Upstate's Charlie Carpenter have received South-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team Honors this season, in recognition of their superb performances in the 2017 campaign. Rivera and Gilbert were also recognized as Perfect Game/Rawlings All-Americans, gathering Third Team nods at designated hitter and starting pitcher respectively.

At the conclusion of each NCAA Division-I Baseball season, the ABCA and Perfect Game combine to select three teams of players they feel performed to the highest degree during the competitive year. The ABCA and Rawlings Baseball also combine to choose the most talented players in the country across eight difference regions. ASUN Conference Baseball's three selections to this year's All-Region list are the most its had since 2014, and the third time in the past four years an Eagle has been selected. Rivera and Gilbert's All-American status marks the third time in the past four years the ASUN has had multiple players designated. 

DH Nick Rivera, FGCU: Rivera earned ASUN Player of the Year honors in 2017 after leading the conference in multiple major offensive categories this season. The fifth-year senior drove in more runs (60), drew more walks (58) and hit more home runs (20) than any other player in the ASUN this year, on the way to leading his side to its first-ever ASUN Championship Title. Rivera finishes his career at FGCU holding program records in games played (250), games started (245), doubles (71), home runs (46), RBI (220), total bases (499) and walks (179). Rivera's All-American accolades from Perfect Game and Rawlings put him on the list for the second time in his career (2015), while his 99 total bases are the fourth most in ASUN history and his 220 RBIs rank fifth all-time.

RHP Logan Gilbert, Stetson: ASUN Pitcher of the Year Logan Gilbert earns All-American and All-Region honors for the first time in his career after leading the conference in wins (10), and ranking second only to FGCU's Kutter Crawford for the league's lowest ERA (2.02). Gilbert recorded two complete games on the season, while producing five scoreless starts on the year. The righty finishes his 2017 campaign with a perfect 10-0 record and ranked third in the conference with 107 strikeouts. He trailed only teammates Brooks Wilson (127) and Jack Perkins (108) for the highest K total in the ASUN, and was part of a Stetson contingency that set a program record in the category (538). Gilbert is the first Hatter to earn All-American nods since 2012 and was also elected a Second Team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

C Charlie Carpenter, USC Upstate: Just recently drafted by the Atlanta Braves at 770th overall, in the 26th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, Carpenter claims the first All-Region honors of his career. The senior backstop tallied a Division-I program best 11 home runs on the season, and led USC Upstate in batting average (.357) and slugging (.592). His 46 RBIs ranked fourth overall in the conference, and his .420 RCS% led all ASUN catchers with at least 20 opportunities. Carpenter is the 28th Spartan to earn All-Region accolades in the program's history, as the junior helped his side to its most conference victories since 2013 (7).

PERFECT GAME/RAWLINGS ALL-AMERICANS
First Team

Pos. Name School Year
C Evan Skoug TCU Jr.
1B Brent Rooker Mississippi State Jr.
2B Riley Mahan Kentucky Jr.
3B Drew Ellis Louisville Jr.
SS Jeremy Eierman Missouri State So.
OF Stuart Fairchild Wake Forest Jr.
OF Niko Hulsizer Morehead State So.
OF Greg Deichmann LSU Jr.
DH Keston Hiura UC Irvine Jr.
UT Brendan McKay Louisville Jr.
SP Cory Abbot Loyola Marymount Jr.
SP Jake Thompson Oregon State Jr.
SP David Peterson Oregon Jr.
SP Steven Gingery Texas Tech So.
SP Eli Morgan Gonzaga Jr.
RP Nick Sandlin Southern Miss So.
RP Michael Byrne Florida So.

 
Second Team

Pos. Name School Year
C Ben Breazeale Wake Forest Sr.
1B Jake Adams Iowa Jr.
2B Nick Madrigal Oregon State So.
3B Jake Burger Missouri State Jr.
SS Logan Warmoth UNC Jr.
OF Jeren Kendall Vanderbilt Jr.
OF Matt Wallner Southern Miss Fr.
OF Garrett McCain Oklahoma State Jr.
DH Ryan Flick Tennessee Tech Jr.
UT Adam Haseley Virginia Jr.
SP J.B. Bukauskas UNC Jr.
SP Griffin Canning UCLA Jr.
SP Tyler Holton FSU So.
SP Trey Cumbie Houston So.
SP Jared Janczak TCU So.
RP T.J. Sikkema Missouri Fr.
RP Lincoln Henzman Louisville Jr.

 
Third Team

Pos. Name School Year
C Rob Calabrese Illinois-Chicago Jr.
1B J.J. Matijevic Arizona Jr.
2B Braden Shewmake Texas A&M Fr.
3B Jake Scheiner Houston Jr.
SS Kevin Merrell USF Jr.
OF Luis Gonzalez New Mexico Jr.
OF Billy Cooke Coastal Carolina Jr.
OF Tristan Pompey Kentucky So.
DH Nick Rivera FGCU Sr.
UT Taylor Braley Southern Miss Jr.
SP Casey Mize Auburn So.
SP Logan Gilbert Stetson So.
SP Heath Donica Sam Houston State Sr.
SP Gunner Leger Louisiana Lafayette Jr.
SP Devin Hemmerich Norfolk State Sr.
RP Logan Salow Kentucky Sr.
RP Colton Hock Stanford Jr.

SOUTH-ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-REGION TEAM
First Team

Pos. Name School Year
C Hagen Owenby East Tennessee State Jr.
1B Brent Rooker Mississippi State Jr.
2B Riley Mahan Kentucky Jr.
3B Drew Ellis Louisville Jr.
SS Devin Hairston Louisville Jr.
SS Kevin Merrell USF Jr.
OF Greg Deichmann LSU Jr.
OF Matt Wallner Southern Miss Fr.
OF Niko Hulsizer Morehead State So.
OF Jeren Kendall Vanderbilt Jr.
OF Tristan Pompey Kentucky So.
DH Ryan Flick Tennessee Tech Jr.
P/DH Brendan McKay Louisville Jr.
SP Casey Mize Auburn So.
SP Alex Lange LSU Jr.
SP Alex Faedo Florida Jr.
RP Lincoln Henzman Louisville Jr.
RP Michael Byrne Florida So.

Second Team

Pos. Name School Year
C Charlie Carpenter USC Upstate Jr.
1B Chad Spanberger Arkansas Jr.
1B Ben Fisher Eastern Kentucky Sr.
2B Cole Freeman LSU Sr.
3B Taylor Braley Southern Miss Jr.
SS Ryan Gridley Mississippi State Jr.
OF Brandon Gutzler Murray State Jr.
OF Chris Carrier Memphis Sr.
OF Jonah Todd Auburn Jr.
DH Nick Rivera FGCU Sr.
SP Sean Hjelle Kentucky So.
SP Robby Howell UCF Sr.
SP Logan Gilbert Stetson So.
RP Nick Sandlin Southern Miss So.

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