BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Gallaudet University junior second baseman Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) was selected to the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-South region first team. This is the first time in four years a Bison player has been named to one of ABCA All-South region teams.
Upton makes his first appearance on the ABCA All-South region team. He was recently a D3baseball.com All-South region second team honoree.
Upton is tied for second in NCAA Division III for sacrifice flies (8), 16th in triples (6), 22nd in triples per game (0.15) and 41st in batting average (.426). Upton leads the NEAC in games (39), triples (6) and sacrifice flies (8). He is third in hits (58), fourth in RBI (41), fifth in at bats (136), doubles (12), total bases (85) and sixth in batting average (.426). He was named NEAC Baseball Player of the Week on May 7 while also landing on the D3baseball.com Team of the Week and being named the NCBWA Division III National Hitter of the Week that same week.
Upton was the only North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) player on the ABCA All-South region teams. Penn St.-Abington freshman second baseman Ryan McCarty was named to the ABCA Mid-Atlantic first team while Keuka College senior shortstop John Rizzo was picked to the ABCA All-New York third team.
Gallaudet has eight ABCA All-Region selections in its history.
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on the evening of Thursday, May 24.
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.
Note: National rankings are through May 21, NEAC rankings are final
Gallaudet's ABCA All-Region Selections
2018: Cameron Upton (First Team)
2014: Casey Hicks (Second Team)
2014: William Bissell (Second Team)
2014: Brandon Holsworth (Third Team)
2013: Tommy Barksdale (Second Team)
2012: William Bissell (First Team)
2012: William Chapman (Third Team)
2011: William Bissell (First Team)
About the ABCA
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 9,600 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.