BOSTON, Mass. - The 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Region teams and Regional Players of the Year have been announced in all eight regions with Nick Raposo making the NCAA Div. III New England All-Region First Team, while Gavin Reily and Dan Southerland were both named to the second-team. Raposo was also named the New England Position Player of the Year.
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. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on the evening of Thursday, May 24.
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.
Raposo ended the season ranked 10th in the nation in doubles with 18 while ranking 12th in doubles per game (0.5), 36th in hits (61), 47th in total bases (94), and 50th in batting average (.424). Raposo's batting average moves him into the Wheaton record book, ranking him fifth in single-season batting average, while his 18 doubles tie him for fourth in most in a single season. The sophomore cather was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) First-Team earlier this month.
Southerland earns a spot on the all-region second-team after making 11 appearances, finishing with a 5-1 record on the mound for the Lyons. Southerland is 18th in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33), giving up just six walks on the season while striking out 64. The senior righty is also 33rd in the country in walks allowed per nine innings (0.98) and 112th in earned run average (2.28). With his season, Southerland moves into the top-10 in career wins with 18, innings pitched (217.1), and strikeouts (168). Southerland was also named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First-Team.
Reily continues to take home awards with just one season under his belt, earning a spot on the second-team after finishing the season a perfect 5-0 record in eight starts. The right-hander pitched 61.2 innings for the Lyons, picking up one complete game, while striking out 51 and walking just 13, finishing with a 1.31 ERA. Reily's ERA is the best by a Wheaton baseball player in a single season. Earlier this month Reily become the sixth Wheaton baseball player to be named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and the first Lyon pitcher to earn the honor. The first-year was also named to the NEWMAC second-team.
The Lyons ended the season 23-17 overall and 13-4 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The tournament championship appearance was the eighth in the last nine seasons for Wheaton.