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Baseball - Mon, May. 20, 2013

MOUNT VERNON – Postseason baseball honors are starting to pile up for Cornell senior shortstop Zach Rogers, and with more expected to come his way.

On a busy Monday, Rogers was named 2013 Central Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com. A few hours later, Rogers got the nod as the Central Region Position Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The Cedar Rapids native is the first Ram to claim either award.

Rogers edged out University of Chicago outfielder Jack Cinnamon, 108-107, for the NCBWA's top regional honor. He received nine of 19 first-place votes from a panel of regional sports information directors.  

Rogers garnered first team all-region accolades by D3baseball.com. He was the lone shortstop selected to the 14-player top unit.

Junior center fielder Joe Gerace, of Oak Park, Ill., earned a spot on the All-Central Region Third Team. He was one of three outfielders recognized.

Rogers joined Paul John Zobeck (third team, 2005; second team, 2003) as Cornell's only two-time all-region selections in baseball. Rogers was a third team all-region pick in 2012.  

A complete list of this year's honorees can be found at D3baseball.com All-Region Teams.

Rogers last week was voted Midwest Conference South Division Co-Player of the Year. He gained first team all-conference honors with Gerace.

Rogers put up outstanding numbers at the plate, where he led the MWC in nine offensive categories. According to the NCAA Division III statistical report May 12, Rogers stood second in triples per game (0.21), fourth in batting average (.473), slugging percentage (.794) and triples (7), and sixth in RBIs per game (1.44) and on-base percentage (.558).

Rogers tied an MWC record for most triples in a season with seven. His 12 career triples rank second all-time in the conference. Rogers climbed into the MWC's Top 10 single-season list for hits (ninth, 62), on-base percentage (10th, .558) and total bases (10th, 104).

Gerace had a dynamic year from the leadoff position, batting .426 with 60 hits and a school-record 43 runs – a mark he shared with Rogers. Gerace drove in 28 runs. He posted a .484 on-base percentage and slugged .525. Gerace committed only one error in 104 chances in the field. 

Rogers and Gerace both started all 34 games for the young Rams, who finished 12-22 overall, 7-8 in the MWC South under second-year head coach Seth Wing.

Illinois Wesleyan junior Jeff Johnson was named Central Region Pitcher of the Year. Michael Kaufman of Wheaton was tabbed Rookie of the Year, and Webster's Bill Kurich Coach of the Year.