Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rock's Kengor Honored Again

Rock's Kengor earns 1st-team NCBWA Division II Preseason All-America honor

AUSTIN, Texas – Slippery Rock University senior shortstop Will Kengor was named Thursday as a first-team member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Preseason All-America team.

The preseason honor came on the heels of Kengor’s selection last spring as a third-team NCBWA postseason All-American.

Kengor (ken-JUR) also earned second-team Daktronics All-America and third-team Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-America honors in his junior season.

A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Central Catholic High School, 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 last spring, Kengor was named to first-team All-Atlantic Region honors by the ABCA, Daktronics and the NCBWA and was a first-team All-PSAC-Western Division selection.

Kengor became eligible for NCBWA Preseason All-America status this spring by earning a spot on the organization’s Preseason All-Atlantic Region Team.

Seven other members of the 2014 Rock squad earned a spot on the “Other Players to Watch” list in the NCBWA’s preseason all-region balloting. That group included pitchers Jon Anderson, John Kovalik, Ryan Oglesby and Kyle Schneider; outfielders Adam Urbania and Jake Weibley and utility player Kevin Jovanovich.

As a team, The Rock was ranked seventh in this year’s NCBWA Division II Preseason Atlantic Region poll.

SRU compiled a 31-21 final record, earned a fourth-place finish in the PSAC-Western Division final standings and made a conference-best, eighth-consecutive appearance in the PSAC's postseason tournament in 2013.
Coach Messer

Veteran head coach Jeff Messer welcomes back six everyday starters and five top pitchers from last spring’s team.

The 2014 Rock schedule is scheduled to open Feb. 22 with a noon doubleheader vs. Walsh University at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.

Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Fax: 724.738.4761
Cell: 724.421.5658

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