GREENSBORO, N.C.--Adrian College sophomore shortstop Thomas Miller (Saline, Mich.) was named to the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division III All-America Second Team as the awards were announced following the opening ceremonies of the NCAA Division III College World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Miller becomes the second Bulldog this postseason to be named an All-American as senior utilityman Dugan Darnell was honored by D3baseball.com (Fourth Team) on Tuesday.
After playing his freshman year at NCAA Division I Oakland University, Miller burst onto the scene in making an immediate impact in his first year in the Adrian lineup. He earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and All-ABCA Mideast Region first team accolades and was a two-time MIAA Player of the Week (April 8-15) selection. He tied teammate Gunner Rainey for the MIAA lead with 50 runs batted in, topped the conference with 100 total bases and 186 at-bats and ranked second with 71 hits, third with a .382 batting average and 49 runs scored, fourth with a .538 slugging percentage and four sacrifice flies, fifth with 13 doubles, sixth with four home runs and 11th with a .438 on-base percentage. During a 13-game hitting streak earlier this spring, the sports management major set a MIAA-record by going 6-for-6 in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Olivet on April 7. (The other three shortstops on the All-America teams are all seniors.)
Miller already lists in several top-10 single-season statistical categories in AC history: third in at-bats, tied-fourth in hits, tied-fifth in RBI and tied-ninth in runs.
Miller is the sixth Bulldog to be recognized an ABCA All-American, totaling nine citations. All told, the Adrian program has generated 22 All-America certificates by 11 different student-athletes.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team selections, which were announced on Tuesday, were nominated for All-America honors. In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 19.
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About the ABCA
The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
The Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America and Coach of the Year Committee is Paul Hesse of the University of Mount Union. Also on the committee are Derek Carlson (Brandeis University), Dean Glus (The College of New Jersey), Ray Hedrick (Randolph-Macon College), Luke Johnson (North Park University), Scott Laverty (Chapman University), Corey Paluga (Elmira College) and Kevin Tomasiewicz (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh).
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 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 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 2-5, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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