Friday, May 31, 2013

SRU's Kengor Earns More Honors

Kengor earns two more All-America honors

Rock junior shortstop Will Kengor was named Wednesday as a third-team All-American by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University junior shortstop Will Kengor collected his second and third All-America honors Wednesday when he was named to third-team status by both the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Wednesday's honors came on the heels of Kengor's selection last Friday as a second-team Daktronics, Inc. All-America performer in voting by the nation's NCAA Division II sports information directors.

Missouri Western State University's Michael Schulze was named as the top shortstop in the nation by all three organizations. Mount Olive College's Mike Mercurio was the ABCA second-team All-America shortstop, while Benedict College's Lydell Moseby earned second-team NCBWA honors.

Kengor led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked second among all NCAA Division II hitters with a .449 batting average last spring. Kengor's average was 33 points higher than his closest PSAC rival in 2013 and was the fourth-best single-season mark in Rock history.

A left-hand-hitting leadoff hitter for The Rock, Kengor led the PSAC and tied for second nationally with eight sacrifice flies and ranked second in the PSAC in total hits (79) and on base percentage (.502), third in triples (5), fourth in slugging percentage (.597) and sixth in doubles (16). His hits total was the seventh-best in Rock history. In addition, Kengor led SRU in runs batted in (28) and stolen bases (12 of 15) in 2013.

Prior to being named to the three All-America teams, Kengor was named to first-team All-Atlantic Region honors by the ABCA, NCBWA and SIDs and was a first-team All-PSAC-Western Division selection.

Kengor led SRU to a 31-21 final record, a fourth-place finish in the PSAC-Western Division final standings and a conference-best, eighth-consecutive appearance in the PSAC's postseason tournament during the 2013 season.

The Rock, under the leadership of 28-year head coach Jeff Messer graduate only three members of their 2013 squad.

Kengor was one of only four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference student-athletes who earned ABCA All-America honors, one of five PSAC players who earned NCBWA All-America honors and one of six conference players who earned Daktronics All-America honors.

A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Central Catholic High School, Kengor was joined on the ABCA third-team All-America list by Shippensburg University infielder Pat Kregeloh, California (Pa.) catcher Kyle Petty and Millersville University pitcher Chris Murphy.

Murphy and Petty both received first-team NCBWA All-America honors, as did Shepherd University outfielder Ryan Messina, while Pitt-Johnstown second baseman Jake Warner and Millersville first baseman Zach Stone were second-team selections. Joining Kengor on the NCBWA third-team list were Winston-Salem State's Tyler Hickernell (designated hitter) and Travis Moore (outfielder), along with Shippensburg pitcher-first baseman Pat Kregeloh.

Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Cell: 724.421.5658

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