May 18, 2012

D3Baseball.com Honors Four Wolverines

DOVER, Del. - Wesley College's Rob Benedict, Geoff Kimmel, Jon Carlson and DJ Keckler were all named to the D3Baseball.com All-South Region Team, it was announced Friday morning.  Kimmel and Benedict earned first team honors, while Carlson was named to the second team and Keckler third team. All four Wolverines are eligible for All-America honors which will be announced at a later date.

Wesley's four selections were tied for the most in the Region along with Birmingham-Southern, Salisbury and Shenandoah, all of whom made the NCAA Tournament.

The CAC Player of the Year, Benedict led the Capital Athletic Conference in runs scored (54) and stolen bases (41) while finishing fourth in hits (66) and eighth in batting average (.373). A native of Drexel Hill, Pa., his 41 stolen bases out of 43 attempts are fourth in the NCAA while his 54 runs are tenth nationally.  He is also tremendous with the glove as his .962 fielding percentage is tops among CAC shortstops and he has helped turn a league-high 26 double plays.

A native of Lawrenceville, N.J., Kimmel led the CAC in batting average (.428), RBIs (52) and on-base percentage (.500).  He also ranks among the league leaders in hits (second, 71), runs (tenth, 36), home runs (fifth, 5), doubles (third, 15), triples (third, 3) and total bases (second, 107).  His 71 hits and 15 doubles are both Wesley single-season records and he currently ranks in the top-ten nationally in both hits and RBIs.

Carlson earned All-Conference honors for the first time this season after being one of Wesley's most consistent players all season.  Hailing from Lancaster, Pa., Carlson hit .369 with a home run and 36 RBIs.  He also led the team with 26 walks and finished third on the squad with a .469 slugging percentage and 15 stolen bases.

Keckler finished the season with a 7-3 record and 2.84 earned run average, which was good for second in the CAC.  A native of Fallston, Md., Keckler struck out 72 batters in a school single-season record 85.2 innings which equates to 7.56 strikeouts per nine innings.  His eight complete games also led the conference and he ranks seventh in the Nation in the category.

Birmingham-Southern's Bruce Maxwell and Jan Weisberg were named the All-South Region Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.  A familiar face to Wesley, Chris Perry of Methodist was named the Pitcher of the Year while Connor Dillman of Emory received the Rookie of the Year award.

Wesley (30-14) hosts the ECAC Division III South Championships this weekend at Bob Reed Field and will take on Marywood University in the Semifinals at 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 19.  The winner will take on the victor of the Penn State-Behrend/Penn State-Abington semifinal game the following day at 12:00 pm.