Claiming his fourth player of the year award in the last three weeks, University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball player Chandler Brock was named Rawlings/ABCA South Region Player of the Year announced on Tuesday morning.
It has been quite the story over the past two weeks, as the dominance by Brock in earning region accolades continues to fill the headlines. Adding to his GSC Player of the Year, Daktronics Region Player of the Year and NCBWA Region Player of the Year honors, the sophomore has now combined to somehow win four separate P.O.T.Y. awards.
It should come as no surprise that Brock led the region in hitting and ranked near the top in just about every offensive category. The only claim to fame left for Brock would be to earn First Team All-American honors, which the native of Athens, Ala., has a good chance to do in the coming weeks.
“I’m just thankful for this coaching staff and these players for helping me reach my goals. I have never dreamed of such success, but all of the individual awards don’t nearly add up to the importance of team success,” said Brock.
What’s even more compelling is the fact that Brock still has two years of eligibility remaining at UAH. He helped catapult the Chargers into the top five of the national rankings this year and his team finished runner-up in the GSC.
Also landing on the First Team was Andrew Busby, who has been collecting as many awards as Brock along the way. Busby led UAH in ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched, serving as ace of the staff.
Busby has been tabbed as an All-Region player on various platforms, all similar to those in which Brock has earned Player of the Year honors.
Vincent Kortbawi was named Second Team All-Region at third base, after finishing the season with a .343 batting average and setting a GSC and UAH record for consecutive games with a hit with 38.
Each member of the first team will be eligible for Rawlings/ABCA NCAA DIVISION II All-American consideration, which will be selected on Sunday, May 26 in Cary, N.C., in conjunction with the Division II National Championship Tournament. The “Player of the Year” and the “Pitcher of the Year” in the region is guaranteed a spot on one of the three “All-American Teams” selected in Cary.
ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Team
1B – Jason Matusik, Lynn University
2B – Adrian English, Barry University
3B – Tyler Aldrige, Delta State University
SS – Lydell Moseby, Benedict Colege
INF – Keith Curcio, Florida Southern College
C – Bryant Hayman, Valdosta State University
OF – Chandler Brock, University of Alabama in Huntsville
OF – Jake Ward, Unversity of North Alabama
OF – Tad Moses, Saint Leo University
OF – Michael Danner, University of Tampa
DH – Ben Kingsley, Delta State University
P – Jake Stephens, University of West Florida
P – Josh Brandstetter, Delta State University
P – Jamie Sexton, University of West Georgia
P – Andrew Busby, University of Alabama in Huntsville
RP – Mike Adams, University of Tampa
1B – Michael Revell, Saint Leo University
2B – Tyler Ding, University of Tampa
2B – Kaleb Barlow, University of West Florida
3B – Vincent Kortbawi, University of Alabama in Huntsville
3B – Cash Oliver, Tuskeegee University
SS – Jacob Tillotson, University of Tampa
INF – Tyler Kellman, Barry University
C – Austin Allen, Florida Institute of Technology
OF – Sheehan Planas-Arteaga, Barry University
OF – Jose Rodriguez, Nova Southeastern University
OF – Jordan Chovanec, Delta State University
OF – Jocquese Brunson, Benedict Colege
OF – Drew Prichard, University of West Florida
DH – Dylan Boston, Unversity of North Alabama
P – Nic Kovacs, Palm Beach Atlantic University
P – Michael Manley, Delta State University
P – Joey Falletta, Stillman College
P – Matt Abramson, University of Tampa
P – Jed Vandernaald, Lynn University
RP – Benjamin Weil, Valdosta State University
Player of the Year
Chandler Brock, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Pitcher of the Year
Mike Adams, University of Tampa
Coach of the Year
Joe Urso, University of Tampa