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2014 NAIA Baseball All-Americans Announced

June 02, 2014
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 NAIA Baseball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Selection Committee. Player of the Year Jose Ruiz of Oklahoma Wesleyan headlines the group of 34 players named to the first and second teams. An additional 34 individuals received honorable mention recognition.

Ruiz, a native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, was named the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the Eagles to a program record 58 victories this season, including the club’s first-ever appearance at the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series. The senior outfielder led the NAIA in runs scored (82) and RBIs (91), while also ranking among the top 10 nationally in total bases (2nd; 169), home runs (4th; 15), slugging percentage (5th; .744) and hits (6th; 92). Ruiz, who was also a member of the all-tournament team at this year’s World Series, ended the year with a 10-game hitting streak. He recorded multi-hit performances in 26-of-66 games. Ruiz is the first player from Oklahoma Wesleyan to receive the honor.

World Series qualifier Oklahoma Baptist led all institutions with five All-Americans – Matt Page (OF; first team), Julian Merryweather (P; first team), Steven Knudson (1B; second team), Ivan Vela (SS; second team) and Jordan Morales (P; second team). The Bison set a new program record with 55 wins in 2014.

Page, who was named the Player of the Year in 2013, is the only repeat selection. The senior outfielder/first baseman ended the season with a .381 batting average. The two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year ranked second in the NAIA in doubles (26) and runs scored (76).

2014 NAIA Baseball All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM         
Position First Last Year School Hometown
C Darryl Knight Jr. Embry Riddle (Fla.) Orlando, Fla.
C Carlos Contreras Jr. Northwood (Texas) Carrollton, Texas
1B Martin Lemus Sr. Georgetown (Ky.) Lawndale, Calif.
2B Sam Lind Sr. Cumberland (Tenn.) Hartford, S.D.
SS Riley Swanson So. Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) Mount Vernon, Ohio
3B Jeff Lusardi Sr. San Diego Christian (Calif.) Kansas City, Mo.
UT Forrest Smith Sr. Oklahoma City Bakersfield, Calif.
DH Jake Shirley Sr. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) West Covina, Calif.
OF Orlando Olivera Jr. Missouri Baptist Miami, Fla.
OF Jose Ruiz* Sr. Oklahoma Wesleyan Barquisimeto, Venezuela
OF Matt Page Sr. Oklahoma Baptist Redwood City, Calif.
OF Cody Lavalli Sr. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Apple Valley, Calif.
SP Gabe Hemmer Sr. San Diego Christian (Calif.) Yuma, Ariz.
SP Koby Gaddis Sr. Evangel (Mo.) Springfield, Mo.
SP Derek Moore Fr. Shawnee State (Ohio) Wheelersburg, Ohio
SP Julian Merryweather Sr. Oklahoma Baptist Berkley, Calif.
RP Tyler Akins Sr. Belhaven (Miss.) Madison, Miss.
           
SECOND TEAM         
Position First Last Year School Hometown
C Hank Stewart Sr. Brescia (Ky.) Cartersville, Ga.
C Connor Lynch Jr. Oklahoma City Marietta, Ga.
1B Steven Knudson So. Oklahoma Baptist South San Francisco, Calif.
2B Paul Pickerell Jr. Belhaven (Miss.) Elizabethtown, Ky.
SS Ivan Vela Jr. Oklahoma Baptist West Hills, Calif.
3B Mitchell Osnowitz Sr. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Bloomington, Ill.
UT Ricky Coleman Sr. Cumberland (Tenn.) Nashville, Tenn.
DH Jeff Ricker Jr. Oklahoma Baptist San Bernardino, Calif.
OF Chris Hall So. Cumberland (Tenn.) Lebanon, Tenn.
OF Taylor Eads Jr. Spring Hill (Ala.) Slidell, La.
OF Dusty Davis Sr. Reinhardt (Ga.) Chapel Hill, Ga.
OF Mith Peschon Jr. Northwestern (Iowa) Spirit Lake, Iowa
SP Junior Mustain Sr. Tabor (Kan.) Camdenton, Mo.
SP Jacob Kopra Sr. Corban (Ore.) Gresham, Ore.
SP Jordan Morales Sr. Oklahoma Baptist Hatillo, P.R.
SP Daniel Poncedeleon Sr. Embry Riddle (Fla.) LaMirada, Calif.
RP Travis Tarleton Sr. Point (Ga.) Conyers, Ga.


*denotes Player of the Year

Honorable Mention

First Last School
Tim Hill Bacone (Okla.)
Kyle Kinman Bellevue (Neb.)
Chris Van Brandt Brewton-Parker (Ga.)
Conor Lillis-White British Columbia
Grant Zawadski Bryan (Tenn.)
Keegan Yuhl Concordia (Calif.)
Corey Murphy Davenport (Mich.)
Elliott Engle Doane (Neb.)
Robert Liera Faulkner (Ala.)
Davidson Peguero Fisher (Mass.)
Tyler Arthur Georgetown (Ky.)
Tyler Carpenter Georgia Gwinnett
Justin Kalusa Indiana Tech
Tommy Muhlethaler Jarvis Christian (Texas)
Josh Raymond Judson (Ill.)
Ryan Sells Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Jordan Eckley MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Brandon Zywicki Missouri Baptist
Cody Groskreutz Northwestern (Iowa)
Chris Pike Oklahoma City
Jeff Butler Oklahoma Wesleyan
Aaron Marshall Ottawa (Kan.)
Davon Poole Saint Mary (Kan.)
Cade Gotta San Diego Christian (Calif.)
Jaime Gurroloa Science & Arts (Okla.)
Bryan Muniz Southeastern (Fla.)
J. Golden St. Ambrose (Iowa)
Edwin Medina St. Thomas (Fla.)
Ricky Rodriguez Sterling (Kan.)
Kirk Rocha Tabor (Kan.)
Jacob Webb Tabor (Kan.)
Steve Karkenny The Master's (Calif.)
Brady Anderson Valley City State (N.D.)
Russell Harmening Westmont (Calif.)