KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association has announced the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. For the 11th season, nine players were chosen based upon their defensive success.
Jake Browne of Bellevue (Neb.) headlines the group as the only repeat selection. The senior catcher threw out 56.4 percent (24-of-31) of base stealers and posted a .990 fielding percentage in 59 starts. Browne is only the second individual since the award's establishment in 2007 to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons – Chad Carman of Oklahoma City in 2011 and 2012 is the other.
Glen McClain of Indiana Tech, Dante Biagini of Indiana Tech, Andrew Fogerty of Truett McConnell (Ga.) and Alexander Lorenzo of Loyola (La.) are receiving their respective program's first-ever ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove award.
With the addition of Matt Saliba's award this year, Webber International (Fla.) owns the most all-time Gold Glove winners with four.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 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 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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2017 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team
|C||Jake Browne||Bellevue (Neb.)||Sr.||West Richland, Wash.|
|1B||Glen McClain||Indiana Tech||So.||Fremont, Ind.|
|2B||Matt Saliba||Webber International (Fla.)||Sr.||Winter Haven, Fla.|
|3B||Michael Fuchs||Vanguard (Calif.)||Jr.||Irvine, Calif.|
|SS||Dante Biagini||Indiana Tech||Jr.||San Francisco, Calif.|
|LF||Andrew Fogerty||Truett McConnell (Ga.)||Jr.||Jefferson, Ga.|
|CF||Brandon Sandoval||Vanguard (Calif.)||Sr.||Fallbrook, Calif.|
|RF||Alexander Lorenzo||Loyola (La.)||Sr.||Miami, Fla.|
|P||Matthew McKenzie||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||Jr.||Oak Forest, Ill.|