DALLAS (NCBWA) – Mount Olive College pitcher Carter
Capps, Cameron University outfielder Chase Larsson and
University of West Florida head coach Mike Jeffcoat headlined
the list of players who received National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association Division II All-America honors.
Capps, a sophomore right-hander from Kinston, N.C., was selected
as the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-America
performer after compiling a perfect 14-0 record and 1.37 earned
run average, striking out 124 and walking only 16 in 111.1 innings
pitched for the Southeast Regional champion Trojans.
Larsson, a junior from Vancouver, British Columbia, was named
as the NCBWA National Player of the Year and a first-team All-America
performer after he batted .432 with 13 doubles, four triples, 29
home runs and 84 RBIs for the Aggies.
Jeffcoat, who is in his sixth season as UWF's head coach, was
named as the NCBWA National Coach of the Year after leading the
Argonauts to a 49-9 record, the Gulf South Conference East and South
Regional championships and a berth in the Division II national tournament.
Four of Jeffcoat's UWF players earned NCBWA All-America honors,
led by first-team outfielder and South Region Player of the Year
Greg Pron. A trio of Argonauts was named to second-team status:
Starting pitcher Daniel Vargas-Villa, relief pitcher Shane Waller
and shortstop Brandon Brewer.
Larsson was one of three Cameron student athletes who earned
NCBWA All-America honors. Second baseman Josh Dawson and outfielder
Kenny Held each earned a second-team honor.
Capps was joined on the NCBWA All-America team by two teammates,
first-team designated hitter/utility player Mike Knox and honorable
mention third baseman Jacob Rogers.
A panel of Division II media personnel and sports information
directors selected the NCBWA All-America Team. To be eligible for
NCBWA All-America honors, a student athlete must be selected as
a first-team NCBWA all-region performer. The National Pitcher of
the Year, National Player of the Year and National Coach of the
Year are selected from a pool of candidates who earned those honors
in regional voting.
The complete 2011 NCBWA Division II All-America Team included:
2011 NCBWA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAM
||West Texas A&M
||St. Mary's (Texas)
Second Team: Catcher: Brandon Choate, Southern
Arkansas; 1B Nick DiBiasse, Central Missouri; 2B
Josh Dawson, Cameron; SS Brandon Brewer, West Florida;
3B Logan Williams, Southern Arkansas; OF Kenny Held,
Cameron; OF Matt Johnson, Arkansas Tech; OF Travis
Taijeron, Cal Poly Pomona; DH/UT Brandon Gipson,
Benedict; SP: Kirk Jewasko, Incarnate Word; SP:
Daniel Vargas-Villa, West Florida; SP Corey Witkowski,
Barry; RP Shane Waller, West Florida.
Third Team: C Michael Wiseman, Wayne State
(Mich.); 1B Rober Kelly, Saint Anselm; 2B Garrett
Yatch, Grand Valley State; SS Mike August, Millersville;
3B Jordan Smith, St. Cloud State; OF Andrew Durden,
Nova Southeastern; OF Cody Grice, Grand Valley State;
OF Dillon Hazlett, Emporia State; DH/UT Nathan Minnich,
Shepherd; SP Jeremy Gigliotti, East Stroudsburg;
SP Blake Schwartz, Minnesota State; SP Tim Shibuya,
UC San Diego; RP Josh Pond, Cal State San Bernardino.
Honorable Mention: C: Mike Godwin, Wilmington
(Dela.); Kyle Wager, Colorado State-Pueblo. 1B Andrew
Haake, Nebraska Kearney; Brian Yeung, Wingate. 2B,
Minnesota State; Carlos Leyva, Cal State Dominquez
Hills. SS: Deryk Marks, Augustana (S.D.); Bret Schwartz,
Central Missouri. 3B: Tom Deangelis, Seton Hill
(Pa.); Jacob Rogers, Mount Olive. OF: Nate Baumann,
Augustana (S.D.); Mike Bisenius, Wayne State (Neb.);
David Fox, Metro State; Matt Howard, Slippery Rock;
Omar Velasquez, Adelphi. DH/UT: Will Calhoun, Abilene
Christian; Derek Ingui, Franklin Pierce; Jon Shoutta,
Regis. SP: Chuck Fontana, Molloy; Ajay Meyer, Ashland;
Don Sandifer, Francis Marion; Kyle Schepel, Grand
Valley State; Randy Sturgill, California (Pa.).
RP: Braxton Lewis, UNC Pembroke; Mitch Rossi, New
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