COLUMBUS, Ga. – Three University of South Carolina Aiken baseball players received All-America accolades from Daktronics on Friday afternoon.
University of South Carolina Aiken senior designated hitter Bill Gerstenslager claimed First-Team All-America plaudits, while junior closer Taylor Grover was chosen to the Third-Team. Senior outfielder Bryce Baur was an Honorable Mention All-America selection.
Gerstenslager (Solon, Ohio/Mercyhurst) led the Pacers with a team-best .380 (81-for-213) batting average.
He led the Pacers and the Peach Belt Conference with 21 doubles on the 2013 season. The 21 doubles are currently in the top-10 in the nation.
The Pacer designated hitter led USC Aiken with 30 extra-base hits on the year with the 21 doubles, seven home runs and two triples. He collected 127 bases and scored 53 runs to go along with his 54 RBIs.
A Tino Martinez Award semifinalist and a Daktronics First-Team All-Region selection, Gerstenslager was also recently named to the NCBWA All-Southeast Region Second-Team, the ABCA All-Southeast Region Second-Team, the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference First-Team, the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team and the Capital One Academic NCAA Division II Baseball District Three First-Team.
Grover (North Augusta, S.C./Midland Valley HS) led the Pacers and the Peach Belt Conference with 11 saves on the 2013 season. The 11 saves place the consensus First-Team All-Region selection in the top-10 in the category nationally.
The First-Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection owned a perfect 5-0 record on the year with a 0.92 earned run average. The Pacer closer made 31 appearances in the 2013 season, pitching a total of 29.1 innings. Grover's foes hit just .154 against him this past season. He had 37 strikeouts in his 29.1 innings pitched.
A First-Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection and a semifinalist for the Josh Willingham Award, Baur (Moncks Corner, S.C./Florence-Darlington Tech) finished fourth in the Peach Belt Conference and in the top-10 nationally with 83 hits on the
2013 season. He was tops among all Pacers in the 2013 season with 27 multiple hit games. Baur had nine multiple RBI games.
Baur posted a .358 batting average (83-for-232) for the Pacers in the 2013 season. He started all 55 games for USC Aiken in the outfield.
The Daktronics First-Team All-Region selection led the Pacers and is in the top-10 in the PBC with 56 runs scored on the 2013 season. Baur had 42 RBIs on the year. The senior collected a total of 112 bases.
The NCBWA Third-Team All-Region selection was a perfect 17-of-17 on stolen base attempts. The 17 steals place the ABCA Second-Team All-Region selection in the top-10 in the PBC in the category.
The Daktronics All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the school's sports information directors.
The D2SIDA All-America baseball team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.
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2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-America Teams Ron Lenz Player of the Year: Michael Schulze, Missouri Western State Ron Lenz Pitcher of the Year: Harvey Martin, Minnesota State
C Kyle Petty Sr. - California (Pa.)
1B Chris Dula Sr. - Catawba (N.C.)
2B Jake Warner Jr. - Pittsburgh-Johnston (Pa.) 3B Grant Fink Sr. - Missouri Western State SS Michael Schulze Jr. - Missouri Western State OF Chandler Brock So. - Alabama-Hunstville OF Bubba Dotson Sr. - Missouri Western State OF Ryan Messina Jr. - Shepherd (W.Va.) DH Bill Gerstenslager Sr. - USC Aiken UT (non-pitcher) Brian Wuest Sr. - Nebraska-Kearney UT (pitcher) Taylor Taska Jr. - Texas A&M-Kingsville SP Jake Baldwin So. - Ashland (Ohio) SP Ethan Carter Sr. - UNC Pembroke SP Trevor Graham Jr. - Franklin Pierce (N.H.) SP Harvey Martin Sr. - Minnesota State RP Kyle Renaud Sr. - Missouri-St. Louis
C Mike Russo Sr. - St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) 1B Zach Stone Jr. - Millersville (Pa.) 2B Adrian English Jr. - Barry (Fla.) 3B Nick Sell So. - Seton Hill (Pa.) SS Will Kengor Jr. - Slippery Rock (Pa.) OF Mike Borgschulte Sr. - Drury (Mo.) OF Ryan Lewis Sr. - Columbus State (Ga.) OF Travis Moore Sr. - Winston-Salem State (N.C.) DH Jack Hudson Sr. - West Virgina State UT (non-pitcher) Cameron Scott Sr. - Columbus State (Ga.) UT (pitcher) Pat Kregeloh Jr. - Shippensburg (Pa.) SP Michael Manley Jr. - Delta State (Miss.) SP Carl O'Neal Sr. - St. Mary's (Texas) SP Glenn Wallace Sr. - Sonoma State (Calif.) SP Harmen Sidhu Sr. - Sonoma State (Calif.) RP Dillon McNamara Sr. - Adelphi (N.Y.)
C Nick Tindall So. - Quincy (Ill.)
1B Alex Wojciechowski Fr. - Minnesota Duluth 2B Braden Box Sr. - Colorado Mesa 3B Jordan Edgerton So. - UNC Pembroke SS Mike Mercurio Sr. - Mount Olive (N.C.) OF Marvin Campbell Sr. - Hawaii Pacific OF Patrick Grady Jr. - Lander (S.C.) OF Nate Hewes Sr. - Augustana (S.D.) DH Peter Creamer Sr. - Eastern New Mexico UT (non-pitcher) Chris Ballou Sr. - Texas A&M-Kingsville UT (pitcher) Logan Kalis Sr. - Bemidji State (Minn.) SP James Baune Jr. - Southern Arkansas SP Tim Mayz Jr. - Millersville (Pa.) SP Alex Regan So. - Mount Olive (N.C.) SP Jake Stephens Sr. - West Florida RP Taylor Grover Jr. - USC Aiken
HONORABLE MENTION - Nolan Johnson (C, Minnesota State) ; Jeff May (C, Lander) ; Jason Matusik (1B, Lynn) ; Cesar Abreu (2B, Arkansas Tech) ; TylerAldridge (3B, Delta State) ; Blake Miller (SS, Western Oregon) ; Bryce Baur (OF, USC Aiken) ; Michael Danner (OF, Tampa); Kevin Gratza (OF, Central Missouri) ; Andrew Pezzuto (OF, Southern New Hampshire) ; Jeremy Weber (DH, Cal State Los Angeles) ;Kale Sumner (UT non-pitcher, Hawaii Pacific) ; Zach Loraine (UT pitcher, Coker) ; James Dylan (SP, West Texas A&M) ; Chris Murphy(SP, Millersville) ; Nick Lomascolo (SP, Catawba) ; Scott Lieser (SP, St. Cloud State) ; Mike Adams (RP, Tampa)
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