Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Davis Richardson Receives GAC Male Scholar-Athlete Award

Harding junior baseball player Davis Richardson earned the 2014-15 Great American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Monday at the fourth annual GAC Night of Champions from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

For the Bisons, Richardson led the team in most statistical categories, including batting average (.325), home runs (8), RBI (37), slugging percentage (.552) and on-base percentage (.460). At the GAC Championships, he secured his place on the all-tournament team when he hit two home runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning, against eventual champion Southern Arkansas.

With his Academic All-America selection, Richardson made Harding history by becoming the first Bison baseball student-athlete to land on the first team and just the third Academic All-American in program history. He completed his junior year with a 4.00 GPA in Interior Design. He won the HU Interior Design Student Lounge Design Competition.

Andrew Benintendi Wins Golden Spikes Award

Andrew Benintendi was awarded one of the highest honors in collegiate baseball Tuesday evening when he was named the 38th recipient of the Golden Spikes Award during a live presentation on SportsCenter at ESPN’s Los Angeles studio.

The prestigious Golden Spikes Award is the fourth national player of the year honor for Benintendi, who leads the country with 20 home runs on the year after guiding Arkansas to its eighth College World Series appearance in program history in 2015. The sophomore is the third SEC player in the last four years to capture the Golden Spikes Award.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baseball America High School Top 50

29. Bentonville (Ark.) High
35. Sheridan (Ark.) High
45. Conway (Ark.) High

Full list

2015 All-Arkansas Team and Awards

Natural State Baseball is pleased to announce its 2015 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team and Awards.

Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas are the teams of the year. The Reddies and the Razorbacks both reached the College World Series. Henderson State was 33-21 on the season and finished fourth in the GAC, but they advanced as the 6 seed in the St. Cloud Regional and on to the Division 2 College World Series. They won two CWS games and advanced to the national semifinals. The Razorbacks were 40-25 on the season and finished fifth in the SEC. They advanced as the 2 seed in the Stillwater Regional, and defeated nationally-seeded Missouri State in the Super Regional before advancing to Omaha.

Cody Hooten of Henderson State is the Natural State Coach of the Year. Hooten has improved Henderson State's record every year since he arrived in 2011, including a 16 win jump in 2015 and the Reddie's first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and the College World Series.

The Player of the Year is Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas. Benintendi, a sophomore, became the first player in Arkansas history with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Among the many honors he received this season were being named the SEC Player of the Year, Baseball America's National Player of the Year, and winner of the Dick Howser Trophy for national player of the year. Benintendi was drafted in the first round, seventh overall, by the Boston Red Sox.

The Pitcher of the Year, and the winner of the Natural Award, which is given to the best Arkansan playing college baseball in Arkansas, is Griffin Glaude of Lyon College. Glaude is also the first player to be named to the All-Arkansas team for offense and pitching. On the mound he was 8-1 with a 0.56 ERA. He threw five shutouts and struck out 116 in 80 2/3 innings. He also hit .404 with 13 doubles and drove in 46. Glaude is a junior from Beebe.

The Freshman of the Year is Tyler Tognarine, also from Lyon College. Tognarine was 9-0 in 2015 with a 3.17 ERA and 4 saves. He appeared in 21 games for the Scots and started eight. He threw two complete games and struck out 59 in 82 1/3 innings.

All-Arkansas Team

Catcher - Patrick Castleberry, ATU (.380, 18 doubles, 13 HR, 64 RBI)
First – Zach George, ASU (.399, 22 doubles, 3 HR, 52 BB)
Second – Griffin Glaude, Lyon (.404, 13 doubles, 46 RBI, 7-8 SB)
Third – Ryan Justus, UAFS (.335, 15 doubles, 9 HR, 41 RBI)
Shortstop – Derek Hurst, North Ark (.452, 15 doubles, 55 RBI, 11-11 SB)
Left Field – Billy Germaine, SAU (.338, 17 doubles, 12 HR, 66 RBI)
Center Field - Andrew Benintendi, UA (.376, 13 doubles, 20 HR, 57 RBI, 24-28 SB)
Right Field – Tyler Spoon, UA (.327, 20 doubles, 6 HR, 54 RBI, 10-12 SB)
Designated Hitter – Bryan Heward, ATU (.340, 11 doubles, 12 HR, 49 RBI, 10-13 SB)

Starting Pitcher – Griffin Glaude, Lyon (8-1, 0.56 ERA, 5 shutouts, 116 K)
Starting Pitcher – Landon Simpson, SAU (10-4, 2.66 ERA, 4 shutouts, 74 K)
Starting Pitcher – Marco Blanchard, ABC (7-5, 2.30 ERA, 110 K)
Relief Pitcher – Nick Vanthillo, HSU (6-1, 1.39 ERA, 14 saves)
Relief Pitcher – Zach Jackson, UA (5-1, 2.10 ERA, 9 saves, 89 K)
Pitcher – Connor Eller, OBU (8-2, 2.53 ERA, 3 shutouts, 70 K)
Pitcher – Tyler Tognarine, Lyon (9-0, 3.17 ERA, 4 saves)

Player of the Year – Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas
Pitcher of the Year – Griffin Glaude, Lyon
Freshman of the Year – Tyler Tognarine, Lyon
The Natural – Griffin Glaude, Lyon
Coach of the Year - Cody Hooten, Henderson State
Co-Teams of the Year – Henderson State, Arkansas

Honorable Mention: Harley Faye (Hendrix), Will Nichol (Hendrix), Ryan Ritz (Hendrix), Josh Vanderpool (UAFS), Justin Shealy (UAFS), Ryan Scott (UALR), Kevin Walsh (UAPB), Andre Davis (UAPB), Trent Armstrong (ATU), Cole Fergus (ATU), Kris Ayers (ATU), Colt Harmon (Lyon), Zac Stewart (Harding), Andrew Fiddler (Harding), Kraig Kelley (Lyon), J.F. Matros (OBU), Parker Norris (OBU), Justin Weigle (OBU), Hunter Mayo (SAU), Travis Johnson (SAU), Chris Quinn (SAU), Carver Rademacher (SAU), Trevor Rucker (SAU), Dontrell Brown (ABC), Shaquille Matta (ABC), Guy Halbert (ABC), Connor Gilmore (UCA), Wesley Hoover (UCA), Tyler Zuber (ASU), Alec Naifeh (Eclesia), Michael Sage (Eclesia), Jordan Taylor (HSU), Chris Hunt (HSU), Colton Lorance (HSU), Claude Johnson (HSU), Jordan Taylor (HSU), Lance Fields (HSU), Josh Buczek (CBC), Samuel Buczek (CBC), Nathan Kane (North Ark), Daniel Welborn (North Ark), Drew Fortson (North Ark), Keaton McKinney (UA), Jackson Lowrey (UA), Ryan Shelton (WBC)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Americans announced

NCAA Div. I All-America First Team
Andrew Benintendi - Arkansas

NCAA Div. I All-America Third Team
Zach George - Arkansas State


Monday, June 15, 2015

Andrew Benintendi Wins Dick Howser Trophy

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and Major League player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

Past winners of the prestigious award include Robin Ventura, Jason Varitek, Todd Helton, J.D. Drew, Mark Teixeira, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg and most recently Kentucky’s AJ Reed in 2014 as the best collegiate baseball player in the nation.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Andrew Benintendi named Baseball America Player of the Year

Van Horn said some of the recognition might’ve gotten to Benintendi during the SEC tournament, where he went hitless until the ninth inning of the second game. His first hit was a jaw-dropper of a home run that clanked off of the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium scoreboard in right field.

“I think that was just a lot of frustration coming out of him,” Van Horn said, laughing.
Since then, Benintendi has seemingly come to terms with it all. More relaxed at the plate, he’s helped lead the Razorbacks back to the College World Series. And after his electric four months in Fayetteville, he soared up draft boards, eventually sticking as the seventh overall pick, to the Red Sox. His draft worries are over.

“It’s been a lot, especially with all these awards and things like that, but I just try to take it in,” Benintendi said. “It’s exciting, though. I get a lot of texts from people that I know and people from back home, and it sounds like they’re excited, almost more excited than I am.”

They’ve been excited for some time.