GREENSBORO, N.C.--The American Baseball Coaches Association has released its ABCA/Rawlings all-region teams for NCAA Division III and five Adrian College student-athletes were chosen to All-Mideast, including senior outfielder Ian Mikowski, senior second baseman Brian Killinger and junior pitcher Tommy Parsons on the first team and senior shortstop Ryan Dorow, freshman pitcher Pierce Banks on the second.
The Adrian Bulldogs--who finished 34-13 overall (third-most wins in school history), swept Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament crowns and earned 11th NCAA tournament appearance since 2005--led all Mideast-based teams with three on the ABCA First Team.
On Monday, that quintet also was honored on the D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region teams as Mikowski was the Mideast co-Player of the Year and Banks named the region's top rookie.
Last season, Dorow and Parsons were ABCA All-Mideast First Team while Mikowski was on the third unit. Banks and Killinger make their debuts on the coaches' all-region teams.
Mikowski, of Grand Rapids, Mich. (Northview High School), also was a co-player of the year in the MIAA and first-team pick. After concluding NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship action, the sports management graduate leads the nation with a .580 on-base percentage, is second with a school-record 83 hits (leader has 84), 45 walks, 68 runs scored (leader has 69), school-record 42 stolen bases, and is fifth with a .472 batting average. His career year also included all-tournament team honors at the Midwest Regional, where he led the Bulldogs with six hits and five stolen bases in as many attempts and batted .429 in three games.
Killinger (Grand Rapids/ Northview HS) also enjoyed a career year that included personal records of .387 batting average, 46 runs, 67 hits, nine doubles, four triples, 90 total bases, .520 slugging percentage, 33 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 21 walks. He perfected 16 sacrifice bunts to set a school record that currently lists fourth in the nation. The athletic training graduate was a two-time D3baseball.com Team of the Week pick this spring, as well as All-MIAA First Team.
Going into the final weekend of the NCAA Division III season, Parsons (New Albany, Ohio) leads the nation in victories (12-1, a school record) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (14.43). He also ranks second with a school-record nine complete games, eighth with fewest walks per 9 innings at 0.68 and ninth with a school-record 101 strikeouts. The business management major and two-time MIAA Pitcher of the Year and first-team member also led the conference with a 2.23 ERA and school-record 93 innings pitched. Earlier this season, Parsons went 44-1/3 innings without issuing a walk for what's believed to be a Division III all-time record and 25 scoreless innings for the 18th-longest streak in D-III history.
A three-time MIAA player of the year, Dorow (South Haven, Mich.) set school single-season records with 187 at-bats, 166 assists, 41 double plays turned and 112 total bases. He led the MIAA with 54 runs batted in, which ranks 13 in NCAA Division III, and eight triples for fifth in the country and batted .401. This spring, he became the school's career record holder in games started/played (179), sacrifice flies (15), assists (570), home runs (25), runs scored (179) and runs batted in (188). The sports management graduate ends his college career as the Division III active career leader with 267 hits, 57 doubles and 425 total bases.
Banks (Sterling Heights, Mich./Parkway Christian HS) made an immediate impact as the No. 2 starter in the Adrian rotation, compiling an 8-1 record with a MIAA-second-leading 2.43 earned-run average in his debut season. The athletic training major struck out 60 batters and opponents batted only .223 against him in 77-2/3 innings of work. He was first-team all-conference.
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ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Thursday, May 25. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.
The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.