May 29, 2012

Trio Earns ABCA All-Region Honors

DOVER, Del. - Wesley College seniors Rob Benedict, DJ Keckler and Geoff Kimmel have all been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings 2012 All-South Region Team, it was announced.  Benedict was a first team selection while Keckler and Kimmel received second team honors.

A native of Drexel Hill, Pa. and the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Benedict is receiving ABCA All-Region accolades for the second-straight year after receiving second team honors last season. He is also the first Wolverine in school history to earn first team recognition.  The shortstop finished the year with a .373 batting average to go with a league-high 43 stolen bases in just 45 attempts and 57 runs scored.  He was also spectacular with the glove, leading all shortstops in the conference with a .963 fielding percentage.

For his career, Benedict ranks first in program history in steals (103), third in runs (156), third in hits (208), fifth in games played (153), fifth in doubles (35), fifth in triples (8) tenth in runs batted in (101).

Keckler is also receiving All-Region honors for the second-straight year after garnering third team accolades as a junior.  The righthander from Fallston, Md., was a first team All-CAC selection and finished the season with an 8-3 record to go with a 2.85 earned run average, nine complete games, two shutouts and Wesley single-season record 84 strikeouts in 94.2 innings pitched.

Statistically, Keckler is arguably is the greatest pitcher in program history with career records in earned run average (3.33), innings pitched (294.1) and shutouts (5).  He also is second in wins (24), third in strikeouts (232) and fourth in complete games (18). In the final start of his career, Keckler struck out what is believed to be a Wesley single-game record 12 batters in an ECAC South Semifinal win over Marywood on May 19.

Earning All-Region recognition for the first time is Kimmel, who led the CAC with a .425 average, 54 runs batted in and a .495 on-base percentage.  A native of Lawrenceville, N.J., the first baseman recorded school single-season records for hits (74), doubles (15) and total bases (110). Kimmel is the Wesley all-time leader in games played (165), runs batted in (155) and doubles (45) and second in hits (213) while also ranking the leaders in runs scored (110).

The senior trio led the Wolverines to the most wins in school-history with 31 in 2012 and a runner-up performance in the ECAC South Tournament.