KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 NAIA Baseball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Selection Committee.
San Diego Christian third baseman Jeff Lusardi and starting pitcher Gabriel Hemmer are the GSAC athletes among the group of 34 players named to the first and second teams. An additional 34 individuals received honorable mention recognition, including Keegan Yuhl of Concordia, Cade Gotta of San Diego Christian, Steve Karkenny of The Master's and Russell Harmening of Westmont.
Lusardi, who earned the selection as a third baseman, appeared in every game this season for San Diego Christian. He hit for a .363 avg., scored 33 runs, and drove in a team-high 54 RBI while clubbing 10 home runs. Lusardi manned the hot corner for most of the season playing solid defense en route to a .968 fielding percentage.
Hemmer was one of four pitchers to earn first team honors. Hemmer finished with a record of 13-4 in 127 innings pitched and a 3.47 ERA. He struck out a team-high 127 batters and held opponents to a .258 batting average. Hemmer ranks first in the NAIA in wins and innings pitched. He also ranks fifth in strikeouts and 16th in innings pitched per game.
To see the complete list of honorees, go to NAIA Baseball All-Americans.