MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's Zach Rogers collected his top postseason award to date on Tuesday, earning a spot on the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America Second Team.
The Rams' record-setting No. 3 hitter was the lone shortstop selected to the 18-player second unit. Rogers was the only player from the Midwest Conference to gain All-America status. He is Cornell's first All-America recipient in baseball.
A complete list of All-Americans can be found at ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams.
Rogers added his second All-America honor to an impressive list of accolades following his senior season. Last week, the Cedar Rapids native was cited by D3baseball.com as an honorable mention All-American. Rogers was recently named Central Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com, ABCA/Rawlings and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Rogers, the Co-Player of the Year in the MWC South Division, surfaced as one of the most dynamic hitters in Division III this spring. According to the latest NCAA statistical report, Rogers 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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