MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's Zach Rogers made it a clean sweep by capturing his third Region Player of the Year award, on Thursday receiving top honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Rogers, a senior shortstop from Cedar Rapids, was named the 2013 ABCA/Rawlings Central Region Player of the Year. He earned a spot on the 15-player All-Central Region First Team.
Cornell junior center fielder Joe Gerace, of Oak Park, Ill., landed on the All-Central Region Second Team as one of four outfielders chosen.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Teams featured 10 players from the Midwest Conference, including four first-team picks in Rogers, Ripon second baseman Kyle Bosquez, Monmouth second baseman Ryan Crandall and St. Norbert outfielder Alex Larsen.
Webster senior Stephen Dooley was named Central Region Pitcher of the Year. Coach of the Year went to Webster's Bill Kurich.
It's been a whirlwind of a week for Rogers, who on Monday was selected Central Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. On Wednesday, Rogers picked up honorable mention All-America accolades by D3baseball.com.
Rogers last week was voted MWC South Division Co-Player of the Year. He gained first team all-conference honors with Gerace.
Rogers had a sensational season at the plate, leading the MWC in nine offensive categories. According to the latest NCAA Division III statistical report, Rogers ranks 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 tied an MWC record for most triples in a season. 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) and total bases (10th, 104).
Gerace gained third team all-region honors Monday by D3baseball.com. He 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. Gerace posted a .484 on-base percentage and slugged .525. He 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.