Monday, July 11, 2016
2015-16 GAC MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – COREY WOOD, ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO, BASEBALL
Wood, a unanimous selection as Male Athlete of the Year, led the Boll Weevils to a GAC Championship and helped UAM advance to the final of the NCAA Central Regional. He set UAM and GAC single-season records for runs scored (67), home runs (26), RBI (90), total bases (183) and slugging percentage (.847).
In May, Wood performed at his best as he hit .435 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 14 games – three against rival Southern Arkansas, five GAC Championships games and six NCAA Central Regional games. He drove in seven runs in a game three times during the month. He earned Tournament MVP honors at both the GAC Championships – where he hit four home runs and drove in 19 - and the MVP award for the Central Regional by posting a .500 average (15-for-30) with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Sparked by his stellar performance to close the season, he earned the Josh Willingham Award – bestowed to the Most Valuable Player in Division II. He garnered All-America honors from the NCBWA, ABCA and D2CCA. He finished his senior season ranked in the top 10 in the nation in home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage.
Wood became the second UAM athlete, and the first baseball player, to earn a GAC year-end superlative award, joining former softball All-American Beth Jackson, who earned Female Athlete of the Year following the inaugural year of the GAC.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Former Little Rock Trojan Ryan Scott continues to earn All-American honors two weeks after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round of the MLB Draft. Earlier this week, Scott was named a Third Team All-American by Perfect Game and was also named to HERO Sports D1 Baseball All-America Team.
Little Rock's most decorated player in program history has now been named an All-American six different times this postseason, three more than any other former Trojan.
In addition to his recent honors, Scott was named an ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-American, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, a D1Baseball Third Team All-American and a College Sports Madness Third Team All-American.
Monday, June 20, 2016
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
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.
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 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.