The Wilmington University baseball team had a solid season this year as the team went 40-18 (21-11 in conference) and won their second straight CACC title. The baseball team also had a good showing at the NCAA Division II East 1 Regional Tournament. Wilmington had a lot success this season, which is no surprise why their players are getting a lot post season accolades for their performance.
It was announced on Monday, that Wildcats redshirt junior utility player Eddie Nevins was unanimously named the ABCA East Region Player of the Year and to the 2019 ABCA All-East Region First Team . Wilmington’s senior outfielder Luke Johnson was also unanimously named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-region First Team. Last but not least, Wilmington’s senior first baseman Kendall Small was named to ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Region Second Team.
Eddie Nevins had quite the season this year as the Wilmington player had a .440 batting average, 77 hits, 15 doubles,five triples, eight home runs, 62 RBIs, 65 runs, 43 walks,16 stolen bases,.548 on base percentage and .720 slugging percentage in 55 games.
Nevins .440 batting average had the Wilmu player ranked third in all Division II players and second in the region this season. On the team, Nevins was the top man in walks (43), stolen bases (16) and runs (65). Nevins also shattered a school record this season with a .548 on base percentage.
The Wilmington utility player earned several other accolades this season which includes D2CCA All-East Region Player of the Year, NCBWA East Region Player of the Year, CACC All-Tournament Team and CACC Player of the Year.
Luke Johnson was a home run machine this year as the Wilmington outfielder led the CACC with 13. Johnson’s 13 home runs also was good enough for second overall in the East Region.
Johnson was a consistent hitting machine this season as he had a .377 batting average,.698 slugging percentage, .450 on base percentage, 46 runs,60 hits eight doubles,two triples,13 home runs,60 RBIs,20 walks and eight stolen bases in 51 games.
The Wilmington outfielder earned several other accolades this season which includes NCBWA First Team All-East Region,D2CCA First Team All-East Region, First Team All-CACC and CACC All-Tournament Team.
The last Wildcat to earn a 2019 ABCA All-East Region honors was first baseman Kendall Small who landed a Second Team honor. Small was an RBI machine in 2019 as the Wilmington first baseman knocked in 63. Small’s 63 RBIs would break the school record for runs batted in for the season. The senior Wildcat also broke the program record of recording 80 hits in a single season. Small was all about breaking records this season as he also broke the program record of career hits with 238. The last record Small broke this season was a school record of RBI’s in a career which he posted 165.
Small was consistently one of the hotter bats in the lineup this season, as he had a .379 batting average,.442 on base percentage, .578 slugging percentage, 58 runs,80 hits,22 doubles,one triple,six home run, 63 RBIs,25 walks and eight stolen bases in 55 games.
Small’s 22 doubles would leave him tied seventh overall among all Division II players in 2019.
The Wilmington first baseman earned several other accolades this season which includes NCBWA Second Team All-East Region,D2CCA Second Team All-East Region,CACC All-Tournament Team and First Team All-CACC.