Walsh, Hanes Named to NCWBA All-American Team; Four Mocs Selected to ABCA/Rawlings All-South

Walsh, Hanes Named to NCWBA All-American Team; Four Mocs Selected to ABCA/Rawlings All-South

DALLAS, TX - Pitchers Jake Walsh and Cameron Hanes have been named to the NCAA Division II All-America Team as announced today by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Walsh was a second-team selection while Hanes was selected to the Honorable Mention squad. This marks the first time since 2005 when reliever Kyle DeYoung and outfielder Nick Diyorio were so honored, that the Moccasins have had two played named to the NCBWA All-America team.

In addition, Walsh, Hanes, and Mitch Reeves were voted to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-South first-team while Cody Burgess was a second-team honoree.

Walsh, who yesterday was named a finalist for the Brett Tomko Award as the Division II Pitcher of the Year, posted a 12-1 record and a 2.80 earned run average this past season in 16 starts. His 12 wins is second in Division II and is the most wins for a Moccasin pitcher since Tomko posted a 15-2 record in leading the 1995 team to the NCAA National Championship, while his 104 strikeouts was 14th most in the division. He joined Logan Browning, who had 107 strikeouts, in helping the Moccasin pitching staff post the second most strikeouts (481) in school history. Walsh walked just 25 batters in 99.2 innings pitched.

Walsh was named the South Region Pitcher of the Year by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. He was selected to the All-South first-team by both organizations as well as the Sunshine State Conference. The Indialantic, Fla. native was the SSC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 12 and May 15 of this season.

Hanes recorded 11 saves this season, the most for any Moccasin since Daniell Tillman also had 11 saves in 2010. The 11 saves led the Sunshine State Conference and is 12th in the NCAA Division II. The mark is tied for fourth most in a single season for any Moccasin reliever and also ranks fifth on the FSC all-time career list. Hanes was 1-4 with a 1.26 ERA in 25 appearances and struck out 36 batters in 28.2 innings pitched. Hanes was previously named to the NCBWA All-South 1st Team; D2CCA All-South Region 2nd Team; and All-SSC 1st Team.

Reeves smacked 17 home runs in 2017, second most in FSC history, and second in the SSC in 2017. He finished with 28 career homers, tied for fourth on the all-time FSC career list with Mike Christensen (1997-98). The senior leftfielder hit .363 on the season with team-highs in runs scored (55), runs batted in (53), total bases (133), slugging percentage (.652), and walks (38). Reeves was one of two Moccasins that started each of the 52 games played this season. Earlier, Reeves was selected to the NCBWA All-South 1st Team; D2CCA All-South Region 2nd Team; and All-SSC 1st Team.

Burgess hit .327 on the season and was second on the squad with 52 runs scored, 10 doubles, 52 RBI, 33 walks, and 15 stolen bases (sixth most in the Sunshine State Conference). The junior center fielder also hit 14 homers, second only to Reeves, as the Moccasins set a school record with 88 home runs on the year. Burgess started 51 of the Moccasins' 52 games. He was earlier named to the NCBWA All-South Honorable Mention Team as well as the All-SSC 1st Team.

Florida Southern finished with a 35-17 overall record and placed fourth in the SSC with a 12-12 mark. The Moccasins advanced to the NCAA South Region Tournament for a 41st time in school history.