CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- Concordia University Chicago senior outfielder Connor Brandon was recognized Thursday evening as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) released its 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America teams following the opening ceremonies of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
Brandon, who earlier in the week received fourth-team all-America honors from D3baseball.com, was named to the ABCA's second team.
A part-time starter in his first two seasons, Brandon batted .329 in 43 games in 2018 as the regular left fielder. This season, he exceeded all expectations and was named the conference's Position Player of the Year. Brandon batted .370 in 49 games with 67 hits and 45 runs scored. His 12 homers put him second on the team, while his 65 RBIs and .696 slugging percentage put him among the Division III national leaders for much of the season.
In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 19. The ABCA National Pitchers of the Year for all divisions will be announced on Monday, June 24, followed by the ABCA National Players of the Year on Wednesday, June 26.
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 Division III All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Paul Hesse of the University of Mount Union. Also on the committee are Derek Carlson (Brandeis University), Dean Glus (The College of New Jersey), Ray Hedrick (Randolph-Macon College), Luke Johnson (North Park University), Scott Laverty (Chapman University), Corey Paluga (Elmira College) and Kevin Tomasiewicz (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh).
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 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 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 2-5, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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|2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-America Teams|
|All-America First Team|
|C||Casey Combs||Sr.||East Texas Baptist|
|1B||Tim Johnson||So.||Sul Ross State|
|OF||Bret Williams||Jr.||Penn State Harrisburg|
|OF||Nick Herzog||Sr.||UMass Boston|
|OF||Josh Goulet||Sr.||Plymouth State|
|DH||Jeremy Jess||Jr.||Pomona Pitzer|
|UT||John Brinkman||Jr.||Washington St. Louis|
|P||John Howard||Sr.||Washington St. Louis|
|All-America Second Team|
|C||Rob Marinec||So.||North Central|
|2B||Bryce Rheault||Jr.||Buena Vista|
|2B||Miguel Torres||Sr.||Penn State Harrisburg|
|3B||Clayton Noakes||So.||Louisiana College|
|SS||Nick DiNapoli||Sr.||Christopher Newport|
|OF||Thomas Craig||Sr.||UT Dallas|
|OF||Connor Brandon||Sr.||Concordia Chicago|
|UT||Christopher Peres||Sr.||La Verne|
|P||Ben Lambert||Jr.||Southern Maine|
|P||Danny Cody||Sr.||Baldwin Wallace|
|P||Jack Bunting||Sr.||Johns Hopkins|
|RP||Bobby Tramondozzi||Sr.||UMass Boston|
|RP||Gage Smart||Jr.||Buena Vista|
|All-America Third Team|
|1B||Allen Murphy||Jr.||St. John Fisher|
|2B||Mullen Socha||Sr.||Washington & Jefferson|
|SS||Ben Boran||Sr.||Bethany Lutheran|
|OF||Pat Keohane||Sr.||John Carroll|
|OF||Noah Payne||Sr.||Howard Payne|
|P||James Green||So.||St. Mary's|
|P||Phil Mary||Sr.||Mount Union|