Monday, June 20, 2016

Ryan Scott named ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-American

Former Trojan and seventh-round draft pick Ryan Scott has been named a 2016 ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-American, the organization announced Saturday afternoon.

Scott now has four All-American honors this postseason, the most by any Little Rock player in program history. Prior to today, Scott was named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, a D1Baseball Third Team All-American and a College Sports Madness Third Team All-American.

Scott's astounding 2016 season was one for the record books at Little Rock.  He broke Little Rock's single-season records for hits (94), RBIs (66), total bases (154) and batting average (.435), Division I's best. He also broke the program's all-time record for doubles (44).


Friday, June 10, 2016

Bobby Howard named coach at North Ark

Thursday evening in their regularly scheduled board meeting, the North Arkansas College Board of Directors elected Bobby Howard to be their new baseball coach.

Howard comes to the Pioneers with an extensive resume that includes several years of coaching baseball and basketball. He has also served as an athletic director in the past. He comes to Northark after the contract of former baseball coach Phil Wilson was not renewed.

This will be Howard’s third stint at Northark and will also be his third time of coaching Pioneer baseball. Howard coached the Pioneers during the 1991-1992 season when he also served as the Lady Pioneers basketball coach. He finished with a 19-14 record while playing Division II. He served as the women’s basketball coach seven years from 1991-1998.


2 from Lyon named to NAIA Gold-Glove Team

Lyon College baseball teammates Easton Moore (SO/Fort Worth, Texas) and Tyler Tognarine (SO/Cape Coral, Fla.) have been named to the 2016 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team, the national office announced on Tuesday.


Corey Wood named D2 MVP

Corey Wood has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Josh Willingham Award, an honor given to the most valuable player at the NCAA Division II level.

Wood becomes the second national player of the year award winner for UAM in any sport. Tina Webb was named the NAIA National Women's Basketball Player of the Year in 1990 after leading the Blossoms to a national runner-up finish.


Mustangs' Lawson named NAIA All-American

2016 NAIA Baseball All-Americans
First Team

2BJalinLawsonJr.Central Baptist (Ark.)Troy, Ala.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Louisville Slugger All-Americans Announced

 • OF Ryan Scott, Arkansas-Little Rock (Player of Year Sun Belt Conference).

See the full team.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team

Natural State Baseball is pleased to announce its 2016 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team and Awards.

The University of Arkansas-Monticello was the team of the year. The Boll Weevils were 40-16 in 2016, after going just 17-20 in 2015. UAM won their first ever GAC Championship, their first conference championship since 1993 and the sixth overall in school history. The season ended in the Finals of the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. The 40 wins were a school record.

Monticello’s sixth-year head coach John Harvey is the Natural State Baseball Coach of the Year. In addition to leading the Boll Weevils to their first-ever 40 win season, Harvey ends the season tied for the all-time coaching record at UAM, with 160 wins. Before coming to UAM, Harvey coached Henderson State, where he also set school records for wins.
The Player of the Year is Monticello’s Corey Wood. The senior outfielder broke UAM single-season records in runs scored (67), home runs (26), RBI (90), total bases (183) and slugging percentage (.847). Wood was the Great American Conference’s Player of the Year, MVP of the GAC Tournament, and the MVP of the Central Regional. His 26 home runs and 90 RBIs led the state of Arkansas.

Brian Moreno of Central Baptist College is the Pitcher of the Year. Moreno was 11-2 on the year with a 2.74 ERA. He started 16 games and struck out 116 batters, with just 33 walks. His 11 wins tied him for the lead in the state, and his 116 strike outs were the best in Arkansas. Moreno was named to the AMC All-Conference team, and helped lead the Mustangs to a 45-16 record, the school’s first 40-win season.

The Freshman of the Year is Mark Rucker of North Arkansas College. Rucker was 8-4 with a 2.70 ERA. He struck out 114 in 73 1/3 innings and threw two complete games.
The Natural, which is awarded to the top player from the state of Arkansas, goes to UALR’s Ryan Scott. The senior outfielder from North Little Rock was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Gregg Olson Award, and was on the Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award. He hit .435 this season with 20 doubles, 12 home runs, and 66 RBI.

All-Arkansas Team
Catcher – J.T. Stalnaker, EC (.385, 16 doubles, 7 HR, 55 RBI)
First – Billy Germaine, SAU (.302, 12 doubles, 18 HR, 48 RBI)
Second – Jalin Lawson, CBC (.414, 21 doubles, 23 HR, 65 RBI)
Third – Brett Luna, NorthArk (.469, 18 doubles, 6 HR, 50 RBI)
Shortstop – Tanner Ring, ASU (.304, 16 doubles, 8 HR, 46 RBI)
Left Field – Ryan Scott, UALR (.435, 20 doubles, 12 HR, 66 RBI)
Center Field – Zac Stewart, Harding (.373, 15 doubles, 8 triples, 7 HR)
Right Field – Corey Wood, UAM (.375, 20 doubles, 26 HR, 90 RBI)
Designated Hitter – Dalton Thomas, UALR (.375, 19 doubles, 9 HR, 52 RBI)
Starting Pitcher – Brian Moreno, CBC (11-2, 2.74 ERA, 116 strikeouts)
Starting Pitcher – Mark Rucker, NorthArk (8-4, 2.70 ERA, 114 strikeouts)
Starting Pitcher – Braden Chambers, UAM (11-1, 3.41 ERA, 4 complete games)
Relief Pitcher – Dawson Moser, UAM (2-2, 1.88 ERA, 9 saves)
Relief Pitcher – Jared Fielden, SAU (4-1, 1.83 ERA, 7 saves)
Pitcher – Tyler Tognarine, Lyon (11-3, 3.07 ERA, 3 shutouts)
Pitcher – Tyler Gray, UCA (6-1, 3.34 ERA, 63 strikeouts)

Player of the Year – Corey Wood, UAM
Pitcher of the Year – Brian Moreno, CBC
Freshman of the Year – Mark Rucker, NorthArk
The Natural – Ryan Scott, UALR
Coach of the Year – John Harvey, UAM
Team of the Year – Arkansas-Monticello

Honorable Mention:
Landen Colson, Arkansas Baptist
Tomas Gonzales, Arkansas Baptist
Jesse Harbin, Arkansas Tech
Josh Watkins, Arkansas Tech
Zach Skelton, Arkansas Tech
Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas
Derek Beier, Central Arkansas
Blaise Warrick, UAFS
Kasey Cooper, UAFS
Josh Vanderpool, UAFS
Seth Mclemore, Central Baptist College
Matt Garrison, Ecclesia College
Reed Roberts, Harding
Nick Vanthillo, Henderson State
Tadarious Hawkins, Henderson State
Will Nichol, Hendrix
Baker Wilson, North Arkansas
Zach McKnight, UAM
Connor Eller, OBU
Skyler Henson, UAPB
Trevor Rucker, SAU
Hunter Mayo, SAU
Eric Kent, WBC

Ryan Shelton, WBC