Baseball’s Eddie Nevins Caps 2019 with Three All-American Honors
Photos by Ellen O'Brien of the CACC
Jun 04, 2019
NEWARK, Del. - - Following the conclusion of the 2019 Wilmington University baseball season, junior utility man Eddie Nevins continues to collect the postseason awards, as he was named an All-American in all three organizations, including a pair of First Team All-Americans honors.
Nevins (Fairfax, Va./South County) was named a 2019 First Team All-American by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (voted on by the nation's sports information directors), and the by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Associations (voted by on the media). He was also named a Second Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, as voted on by the nation's head coaches.
He becomes the Wildcats' first All-American since the 2015 season, when Wilmington had five student-athletes earn All-American status by at least one of the three organizations. Nevins becomes the first First Team All-American since Tyler Fries and Frank Samluk earned the distinction by Daktronics (now D2CCA) following the 2015 season. He is only the fourth Wildcats baseball player to be named a First Team All-American, including Jason Rust's honor by the ABCA in 2007.
Nevins finished out his record-breaking season batting .440 on the year, which ranked him third across all of NCAA Division II and second in the Region. The utility player recorded 77 hits this season, including 15 doubles, five triples, and eight homeruns. His 62 RBI this season was one shy of teammate Kendall Small's 63, which broke a program-record for RBI in a season. He led the team in stolen bases with 16 this year, while only being caught three times. He also led the team in walks with 43, while scoring 65 runs. Nevins also broke a program record with a .548 on base percentage this season and finished out the year with a .730 slugging percentage. He had a season-high five RBI, going 3-for-5 against eighth seeded Franklin Pierce in the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Angelo State's Josh Elvir was named the Ron Lenz Player of the Year in the D2CCA release, while also taking home the NCBWA's Player of the Year honor. West Texas A&M's Joe Corbett was named the Ron Lenz Pitcher of the Year by the D2CCA and was also named the NCBWA's Pitcher of the Year. Colorado Mesa's skipper Chris Hanks was named the NCBWA Coach of the Year to round out the major awards.