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Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 All-Arkansas Team

2017 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team

Natural State Baseball is pleased to announce its 2017 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team and Awards.

The University of Arkansas was the 2017 Team of the Year. The Razorbacks went 45-19 this year, improving on a 26-29 season a year ago. After a solid showing in the SEC Tournament, including a no-hitter and two run-ruled shutouts, Arkansas hosted a regional in Fayetteville and advanced to the regional final.

Justin Pettigrew, first year coach of Southern Arkansas, is the 2017 Coach of the Year. Pettigrew has been with the Muleriders since 2005 and was promoted to head coach following the 2016 season. He led the Muleriders to a 39-16 record, including 28-5 in conference, a 9 game improvement on the previous season. The team advanced to the NCAA regional tournament.

Southern Arkansas’ Trevor Rucker is the 2017 Player of the Year and the winner of The Natural, which is awarded to the top player from the state of Arkansas. Rucker, a native of Prescott, batted .393 with 20 homeruns and 20 doubles, and stole 20 bases. Rucker was the Natural State Baseball Freshman of the Year in 2014.

Tyler Tognarine of Lyon is the 2017 Pitcher of the Year. He went 11-5 with a 1.99 ERA and picked up 4 saves. He had 92 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. Tognarine has previously been named to the Natural State Baseball All-Arkansas teams in 2016 and 2015, and was the Freshman of the Year in 2015.

The Freshman of the Year is Nick Kreutzer of Arkansas Baptist College. Kreutzer hit .404 on the season with 14 homeruns, 12 doubles, and 2 triples. He drove in 57 runs.

All-Arkansas Team

Catcher – JT Stalnaker, Ecclesia (.399, 7 homeruns, 18 doubles, 49 RBI)
First – Chad Spanberger, Arkansas
(.305, 20 homeruns, 13 doubles, 67 RBI)
Second – Jalin Lawson, CBC
(.392, 11 homeruns, 22 doubles, 20 SB, 50 RBI)
Third – Jacob Richardson, SAU
(.364, 8 homeruns, 17 doubles, 46 RBI)
Shortstop – Dylan McDearmon, ATU
(.353, 8 homeruns, 17 doubles)
Left Field – Dion Williams, UAFS
(.351, 8 homeruns, 17 doubles, 11 triples)
Center Field – Drew Judson, Hendrix
(.395, 11 doubles, 44 RBI, 10 SB)
Right Field – Trevor Rucker, SAU
(.393, 20 homeruns, 20 doubles, 20 SB, 67 runs)
Designated Hitter – Nick Kreutzer, ABC
(.404, 14 homeruns, 12 doubles, 57 RBI)

Starting Pitcher – Tyler Tognarine, Lyon (11-5, 1.99 ERA, 4 saves, 92 strikeouts)
Starting Pitcher – Bryant Haralson, HSU (10-3, 2.16 ERA, 114 strikeouts, 13 walks)
Starting Pitcher – Trevor Stephan, Arkansas
(6-3, 2.87 ERA, 120 strikeouts)
Relief Pitcher – Blake Patterson, HSU (13 saves, 2.86 ERA, 44 strikeouts)
Relief Pitcher – Makenzy Larsen, SAU (5-0, 0.66 ERA, 7 saves)
Pitcher – Kyle Wilson, ATU (8-1, 2.53 ERA, 93 strikeouts)
Pitcher – Tyler Zuber, ASU (6-1, 2.06 ERA, 6 saves, 80 strikeouts)

Player of the YearTrevor Rucker, SAU
Pitcher of the Year – Tyler Tognarine, Lyon
Freshman of the YearNick Kreutzer, ABC
The NaturalTrevor Rucker, SAU
Coach of the Year Justin Pettigrew, SAU
Team of the YearUniversity of Arkansas

Honorable mention:

Ryan Mallison, ABC
Landen Colson, ABC
Cutter McDonald, ABC
Larry Sims, ABC
Matt Cronin, Arkansas
Blaine Knight, Arkansas
Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
Quentin Bowling, ATU
Zach Klockowski, ATU
Ben Madison, CBC
Noah Vandiver, CRC
Madison Bates, Ecclesia
Kyle West, Lyon
Will Lindsey, Lyon
Matthew Lillard, Hendrix
Alan Hall, HSU
Kyle Alexander, OBU
Justin Crider, Ozarks
Kenneth Tabor, SAU
Dalton Algiene, SAU
Cortland McPherson, SAU
Hayden Harvey, UAFS
Clayton Welchel, UAFS
Nick Yoning, UAFS
Cory Malcom, UALR
Braden Chambers, UAM
Dawson Moser, UAM
Hunter Strong, UCA
Nick Scott, WBC

Cam Smith, WBC

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ecclesia College's JT Stalnaker named All-American

JT Stalnaker (JR/Tallahassee, FL) added to his list of accolades for the 2017 season by being named a 3rd Team All-American Catcher.

This is Stalnaker's second consecutive All-American honor as he was named 2nd Team All-American last season as a sophomore.

Prior to being named an All-American, Stalnaker was selected 1st Team All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Central Region.

Individually at the plate, Stalnaker finished nationally ranked in the top 25 in several categories. They are: 

#7 batting average (.399)
#11 slugging percentage (.631)
#11 on base percentage (.490)
#13 doubles (18)
#18 runs batted in (49).


Central Baptist College picks up NCCAA Awards

Three Central Baptist College baseball players, Ben Madison (SO/Benton, AR), Jalin Lawson(SR/Troy, AL) and Cole Johnson (SR/Fordyce, AR), were selected for National Christian College Athletic Association awards this morning. Madison was chosen as a first team All-American, Lawson was selected to the second team and Johnson received Scholar Athlete recognition.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Razorbacks Get Three Named To All-SEC Team

Three Arkansas baseball players had their great play on the field recognized as Grant Koch, Jax Biggers, and Dominic Fletcher each were named all-conference players Monday by the Southeastern Conference office.

Koch leads the trio as a first team All-SEC catcher, while Biggers was named as a second team All-SEC shortstop. Fletcher is part of the SEC All-Freshman Team in the outfield.


Monday, May 22, 2017

A-State's Howard Named SBC Baseball Player of the Week

Arkansas State infielder Alex Howard has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Week for his performance during the last week of the regular season the league office announced Monday morning.
Howard was a key part of A-State's offensive effort in its 3-0 week, which included a win over Ole Miss May 16 and two wins against Little Rock May 18-19. The junior hit .467 (7-for-15) on the week with a .733 slugging percentage. He drove in a team-high eight runs and reached base three times in each game.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 All-Heartland Baseball Team released

UA Fort Smith’s Dion Williams was named Newcomer of the Year, and teammate Logan Allen earned Freshman of the Year honors.

UA Fort Smith’s Dion Williams was named the Newcomer of the Year after leading the Lions to a second-place conference finish, their highest team finish in program history. Williams hit .357 during the regular season and .425 during conference play. Williams led the conference in triples with 11 nearly doubling the next highest total. He also brought in 41 RBI on 61 hits with 14 doubles and five home runs. The Kansas City native also swiped seven bases.

Williams’ teammate Logan Allen earned Freshman of the Year honors. It marks the first time a UAFS player has claimed the honor since Taylor Shaddy in 2011. Allen hit .325 this season in 49 games in the outfield for UAFS. His 13 stolen bases were fourth in the conference and he was caught just three times. Allen brought in 21 RBI on 63 hits with 22 extra-base hits including four home runs.