MOUNT VERNON – Zach Rogers can add "All-American" to his Cornell baseball résumé.
The senior slugger from Cedar Rapids was named to the 2013 D3baseball.com Honorable Mention All-American Team, it was announced Wednesday. That makes Rogers the first baseball All-American in Cornell history.
Rogers was one of two shortstops selected to the honorable mention list, which included 15 position players. He was the lone Midwest Conference player recognized on the seventh annual D3baseball.com All-America Team.
A complete list of honorees can be found at D3baseball.com All-America Teams.
Rogers is the third Ram athlete to collect All-America honors in 2012-13, joining Camille Marie (women's basketball) and Alex Coolidge (wrestling).
Earlier in the week, Rogers picked up Central Region Player of the Year accolades by D3baseball.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He was pegged First Team All-Central Region, First Team All-MWC and Co-Player of the Year in the MWC South Division. Rogers was named MWC Hitter of the Week four times this spring.
Rogers stacked up with the best hitters in NCAA Division III, ranking in the top five in six statistical categories. According to the latest NCAA report, he stands second in triples per game (0.21), third in slugging percentage (.794), fourth in batting average (.473), RBIs per game (1.44) and on-base percentage (.558), and fifth in triples (7).
Rogers broke school records for triples (7, also an MWC record), runs (43) and RBIs (50) in a season. His 62 hits were one shy of the program mark. Cornell's No. 3 hitter accumulated 104 total bases – 10th on the MWC's single-season list – in just 34 games.
Rogers totaled 19 multi-hit games and reached base safely in his first 22 contests of the season. He posted 13 games with at least two RBIs. Rogers concluded the spring on a 10-game hitting streak. He finished with a conference-best 23 extra-base hits, which included 10 doubles and six home runs. Rogers was walked 20 times.
Rogers graduated as Cornell's all-time leader with 12 triples, while vaulting into the top 10 in several other offensive categories. A career .372 hitter, Rogers finished with 173 hits, 91 runs, 89 RBIs, 28 doubles, 11 home runs, 56 walks and 258 total bases. He played in 136 games as a Ram, starting the final 135.
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