GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-America teams have been released by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. UNCG outfielder Andrew Moritz earned a spot on the first team, while VMI outfielder Matt Pita was a third-team selection.
The All-America award is the fifth for Moritz, who was previously named a third-team All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game/Rawlings, as well as being named second-team All-America by D1Baseball.com. Moritz also earned second-team Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, as selected by CoSIDA. The five All-American honors in one season is the most-ever by a UNCG player. Moritz earned a total of seven All-American honors during his three seasons at UNCG.
Moritz hit for a school-record .428 average in his junior season on his way to being selected by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Moritz also holds school records for career batting average (.406), single-season triples (10) and career triples (23) and placed in the top 10 in single-season slugging percentage after posting a .637 mark this season and driving in a team-high 61 runs. Moritz also owns UNCG’s records for consecutive game hit streak (23), which he set his freshman season, and broke the school-record consecutive game reached-base streak, reaching safely in the final 47 games of his Spartan career.
Pita, who signed with the Yankees recently, was the only player from the state of Virginia honored. He is only the third player in school history to earn All-America honors, joining Rob Dickinson (honorable mention) and Matt Winn (third team), who were honored by the Louisville Slugger All-America Teams in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Ten of the student-athletes selected for All-America teams are playing in the NCAA Div. I College World Series starting this weekend in Omaha, including two first-team selections each by Florida and Oregon State. Oregon State, Minnesota and Stanford each had three All-America honorees.
First recognized in 1949, the ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans are selected by the ABCA All- America Committee. The Chair of the committee is Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. Also on the committee are Dean Ehehalt (Monmouth University), Brian O’Connor (Virginia), Butch Thompson (Auburn), Jim Penders (Connecticut), Steve Jaksa (Central Michigan), Dan Heefner (Dallas Baptist) and George Horton (Oregon).
In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 20, the ABCA/Rawlings Pitchers of the Year will be announced on Monday, June 25, and the ABCA/Rawlings Position Players of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, June 27. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections, which were announced last Wednesday, were eligible for All-America honors.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-America and Gold Glove Teams are selected in nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 9,700 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 75th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 3-6, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. The ABCA will also be hosting 20 one-day coaching clinics in 16 states in 2018.