KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2016 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team. The 17-member squad was chosen by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Committee.
Headlining the team are returning 2015 First Team All-America selections Keivan Berges of Keiser (Fla.) and Adam Hines of LSU Alexandria (La.). Berges, a designated hitter from Wellington, Fla., ended last season ranked among the top 12 nationally in RBI (73) and home runs (15). He tallied 24 multi-hit games en route to a .333 batting average, while also leading the team in doubles (20), total bases (173) and slugging percentage (.652). Berges played a key role in the Seahawks The Sun Conference regular-season title and first-ever berth into the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round a season ago.
Hines was dominant on the mound last season for the Generals. The Bunkie, La., native ranked in the top-five nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (4.7), opponent batting average (.155) and earned run average (0.96). Hines threw seven complete games last season, including four-straight to end the year en route to 93.2 innings pitched and a 10-1 record. His lone loss of the season came in the Opening Round against Tennessee Wesleyan on May 12.
Two other individuals that were named to the 2015 second team at the end of last season garnered a position on this preseason unit – catcher Scott Morton of Briar Cliff (Iowa) and outfielder Preston King of Bryan (Tenn.). Additionally, eight 2015 honorable mention All-Americans were selected to the preseason squad.
Westmont (Calif.) – Ryan Crowe and Alex Bush – and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) – Houston Looser and Brandon Guske – were the only programs with multiple preseason selections. Both Westmont and Freed-Hardeman made it to the Opening Round a season ago.
There are three individuals on the squad whose program participated in the 2015 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, last year – Victor Arche of Faulkner (Ala.), Cabe Reiten of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Alex Couch of Tabor (Kan.).
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|C||Ryan Crowe||Westmont (Calif.)||Sr.||Ladera Ranch, Calif.|
|C||Scott Morton||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||Sr.||Ventura, Calif.|
|1B||Alex Bush||Westmont (Calif.)||Sr.||Menifee, Calif.|
|2B||Houston Looser||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||Jr.||Muscle Shoals, Ala.|
|3B||Alex Couch||Tabor (Kan.)||Sr.||Castlewood, Va.|
|SS||Cabe Reiten||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||Sr.||Spanaway, Wash.|
|UT||Wardy Polanco||Tennessee Wesleyan||Sr.||Haverstraw, N.Y.|
|DH||Keivan Berges||Keiser (Fla.)||Jr.||Wellington, Fla.|
|OF||Logan Coughlin||IU Southeast (Ind.)||Sr.||Brownsburg, Ind.|
|OF||Jordan Espino||Sterling (Kan.)||Sr.||Buena Park, Calif.|
|OF||Preston King||Bryan (Tenn.)||Sr.||Kingston, Tenn.|
|OF||Colton Nash||Bellevue (Neb.)||Sr.||Bonney Lake, Wash.|
|SP||Adam Hines||LSU Alexandria (La.)||Sr.||Bunkie, La.|
|SP||Victor Arche||Faulkner (Ala.)||Sr.||Miami, Fla.|
|SP||Brandon Guske||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||Jr.||Spring Hill, Tenn.|
|SP||Phillipe Graham||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||Jr.||St. Chrysostome, Quebec|
|RP||Curtis Taylor||British Columbia||Jr.||Port Coquitlam, B.C.|