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2018 NAIA Baseball All-Americans Announced

Source: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
The NAIA has announced the 2018 Baseball All-America teams as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee. Kiki Menendez of Texas Wesleyan and Jonathan Bermudez of Southeastern (Fla.) headline the honorees as the National Player of the Year and National Pitcher of the Year.

The first and second teams are also recognized as ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. The ABCA began recognizing All-Americans in 1949 and named the first ABCA NAIA All-America team in 1969.

Menendez, who was also named the Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year, had one of the most prolific offensive seasons in Texas Wesleyan history in 2018. The Austin, Texas, native led the NAIA with 26 home runs, while also ranking among the top three in batting average (.466) and slugging percentage (.995) – all three are single-season program records. Menendez ranked first in the NAIA in total bases (190), while owning the No. 2 spot nationally in RBI (84).

Bermudez (15-2) won an NAIA-best 15 games to lead Southeastern to the club’s first-ever NAIA Baseball World Series title. The junior also ranked among the top five nationally in innings pitched (110.2) and opponent batting average (.178). Bermudez threw six-or-more innings in 13-of-16 starts, including two complete games. He ended the season with 153 strikeouts.

2018 NAIA Baseball All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM
Position Name School Year Hometown
SP Jonathan Bermudez Southeastern (Fla.) Jr. Coamo, P.R.
SP Stephen Chamblee Bryan (Tenn.) Jr. Tampa, Fla.
SP Shawn Dubin Georgetown (Ky.) Sr. Allegany, N.Y.
SP Orlando Rodriguez St. Thomas (Fla.) Jr. Havana, Cuba
RP DJ Wilson Campbellsville (Ky.) Sr. Bend, Ore.
C Lane Milligan Oklahoma City Sr. Binger, Okla.
C Elih Marrero St. Thomas (Fla.) Jr. Miami, Fla.
1B Andrew Warner Columbia (Mo.) Sr. Lee's Summit, Mo.
2B Augie Isaacson Friends (Kan.) Jr. New Prague, Minn.
3B Gregg Veneklasen Wayland Baptist (Texas) Sr. Canyon, Texas
SS Randy Perez Central Methodist (Mo.) Sr. Bronx, N.Y.
UTIL Walter Coursey Georgia Gwinnett Fr. Sugar Hill, Ga.
DH Josh Sears Freed Hardeman (Tenn.) Fr. Huntsville, Ala.
OF Kiki Menendez Texas Wesleyan Sr. Austin, Texas
OF Fernando Garcia Bryan (Tenn.) Sr. Kissimmee, Fla.
OF Nelson Mompierre St. Thomas (Fla.) Sr. Miami, Fla.
OF Rayden Sierra Cumberland (Tenn.) Sr. Andres Boca Chica, D.R.
SECOND TEAM
Position Name School Year Hometown
SP Kyle Fulton Central Methodist (Mo.) Jr. Monroe City, Mo.
SP Tyson Campbell Lyon (Ark.) Jr. Kennett, Mo.
SP Tyson Cronin Oklahoma Wesleyan Jr. Lakewood, Wash.
SP Matt Patton Taylor (Ind.) Sr. Wolcottville, Ind.
RP Jacob Hulcher University of Northwestern Ohio Jr. Montgomery, Ala.
C Dylan Shockley Rio Grande (Ohio) So. Minford, Ohio
C Tighe Koehring Indiana Tech Sr. South Elgin, Ill.
1B Glen McClain Indiana Tech Jr. Fremont, Ind.
2B Jackie Urbaez St. Thomas (Fla.) Jr. Miami, Fla.
3B Austin Sojka Oklahoma Wesleyan Jr. Huntington Beach, Calif.
SS Kory Longaker Bellevue (Neb.) Jr. Edmonds, Wash.
UTIL Matt Majher La Sierra (Calif.) Sr. Corona, Calif.
DH Joe Lytle Oklahoma City Sr. Yukon, Okla.
OF Reese Cooley Faulkner (Ala.) Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
OF Dan Valerio Southeastern (Fla.) Jr. Tinton Falls, N.J.
OF Tyler Sroczynski Trinity Christian (Ill.) Sr. Dyer, Ind.
OF Austen Swift William Jessup (Calif.) Jr. Toronto, Ontario
HONORABLE MENTION
Position Name School
SP Clayton Rabiej Antelope Valley (Calif.)
INF Tyler Pittmon Antelope Valley (Calif.)
SP Ivan Torres Benedictine (Ariz.)
OF Wade Wineburger Bryan (Tenn.)
SP Ben Madison Central Baptist (Ark.)
DH Logan Haring Central Methodist (Mo.)
SP Nick Little Concordia (Neb.)
SP Hunter Peck Georgia Gwinnett
DH Marcus McCorkle Georgia Gwinnett
SP Renton Poole IU Kokomo (Ind.)
SP Chase Thometz Jamestown (N.D.)
SP Dan Gerke Judson (Ill.)
OF Raymond Pedrina Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
SP Tyler Burch Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
OF Logan Constantine LSU Alexandria (La.)
SP Renny Tolentino LSU Shreveport (La.)
3B Cody Earl Marian (Ind.)
SP Mason Swegarden Mayville State (N.D.)
SP Keisy Portorreal Mid-America Christian (Okla.)
OF Zach Cornell Middle Georgia State
INF Trenton Nash Middle Georgia State
3B Blake Jackson Middle Georgia State
SP Braxton Rhodes Mobile (Ala.)
1B Christian Snow Mobile (Ala.)
3B Nate DeChaine Morningside (Iowa)
INF Garrett Foster Oklahoma City
SP Kyle Fimbrez Oklahoma Wesleyan
SP Jordan Scott Southeastern (Fla.)
SS Abdiel Alicea Tabor (Kan.)
SS Kyle Kolb Trinity Christian (Ill.)
SP Olivier Mailloux University of Northwestern Ohio
SP Jordan Dreibelbis Vanguard (Calif.)
2B Michael Stefanic Westmont (Calif.)
OF Christian Smith William Carey (Miss.)

Championship Information

NAIA Baseball Championship
Sports Rules - Baseball