Zapata First Team All-American by ABCA, Zapata and Schimpf Honored by D3Baseball.com
Friday, May 26, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. – Junior catcher Chris Zapata and senior outfielder Michael Schimpf, two days after receiving First Team All-Region recognition, were named All-American by D3Baseball.com on Thursday, May 25. Zapata earned First Team Accolades, while Schimpf appeared on the Second Team.

Zapata became the first Gent to be named a First Team All-American by D3Baseball.com. The 2017 SCAC Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-Region catcher leads the nation with 71 RBI’s and sits second in RBI’s per game (1.58). He also led the conference and ranks third in the nation with 131 total bases. He easily led the conference in both home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.732), and finished second on the team and third in the conference with a .391 batting average. Zapata broke the single-season Centenary record for RBI’s while finishing fourth in slugging percentage and fifth in total bases in the season annals.

On SCAC Tournament Championship Day against Trinity on April 30, he fittingly broke the single-season RBI record with a two-run home run in the first game, while belting a grand slam in the first inning of game two to break the career record. The Gents went on to win its first ever SCAC Tournament Title and advance to the NCAA Tournament with a 13-3 win over the Tigers in seven innings.

Schimpf garnered Second Team honors after finishing with a .405 batting average in 2017 – becoming only the second player to lead the conference in batting average for a season twice in his career. He was the only player in the SCAC with an on-base percentage above .500, finishing sixth in the nation at .547. Schimpf finished second in the SCAC to other Gents in runs scored (54), RBI’s (47), and slugging percentage (.622).

Schimpf completed his four years in a Gents uniform ranking in the top-10 in numerous categories in the Centenary career annals, including first with 53 hit-by-pitches, second with 166 runs and eight triples, third with 223 hits and 300 total bases, sixth with a .366 batting average and with 34 doubles, and 10th with 37 stolen bases.

The Diamond Gents honorees were the only two players from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference who were named to the First, Second, or Third Team. Zapata and Schimpf represent only the second and third All-Americans for head coach Mike Diaz, joining Taylor Henry, who received D3Baseball.com Second Team All-American honors in 2015.

 

First team

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Chris Zapata, Centenary (La.) Jr. .391 37 70 17 4 12 71 8 .991
1B Nick Sotiros, North Central (Ill.) Sr. .347 40 66 18 4 7 60 3 .986
2B Tanner Nishioka, Pomona-Pitzer Sr. .441 48 67 12 1 18 53 8 .966
3B Michael Mateja, North Central (Ill.) So. .414 59 77 13 8 4 35 21 .931
SS Bryan VanDuser, Concordia-Chicago So. .413 56 74 12 3 4 35 19 .929
OF Trey Mears, Wesley Sr. .500 56 68 14 1 7 54 41 .984
OF Ian Mikowski, Adrian Sr. .472 68 83 6 4 0 13 42 .990
OF Alex Zachary, Eastern Connecticut Sr. .404 42 61 14 2 9 42 25 .980
DH Casey Bell, LaGrange Sr. .374 49 73 22 0 3 49 6  -
UTL Pete Grasso, Salisbury Sr. .381 53 72 13 3 8 47 8 .966

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP Billy Dimlow, Emory So. 1.09 6-2 0 74 62 9 14 83 .209
SP Josh Fleming, Webster Jr. 0.68 8-1 0 92.2 54 7 12 115 .165
SP Phil Mary, Mount Union So. 0.78 10-0 2 81 58 7 16 62 .199
SP Heath Renz, UW-Whitewater Jr. 1.96 9-0 1 69 54 15 13 55 .215
RP Matt Curry, TCNJ Jr. 0.84 9-0 7 32 16 3 3 27 .148
UTL Pete Grasso, Salisbury Sr. 2.17 9-1 4 91.1 77 22 36 89 .227

 

Second team

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Ryan Orgielewicz, Johns Hopkins  Sr. .403 40 73 16 2 13 56 8 .996
1B Jamie Lackner, Wooster Sr. .408 49 69 11 1 8 58 5 .998
2B Kyle Fackler, Elizabethtown Sr. .443 45 77 14 3 1 28 8 .948
3B Eric Hamilton, Oswego State Sr. .434 40 69 20 0 4 36 16 .966
SS Conor Reynolds, Johns Hopkins Jr. .366 58 56 17 2 9 33 13 .917
OF Rob DeAngelis, Ramapo Sr. .429 45 73 11 4 1 29 6 .988
OF Cole Migliorini, Randolph-Macon Jr. .399 47 61 13 4 9 45 9 .975
OF Michael Schimpf, Centenary (La.) Sr. .405 54 60 12 4 4 48 10 .976
DH Daniel Williams, Texas-Tyler Sr. .395 36 79 13 0 8 53 7 .929
UTL Ryan Orr, Kalamazoo Jr. .331 31 47 5 0 0 31 10 .957

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP  Caleb Boushley, UW-La Crosse Sr. 1.75 9-3 1 103 75 20 19 106 .202
SP Joe Cirillo, TCNJ Jr. 1.48 5-1 0 85.1 63 14 20 73 .209
SP Riley Groves, Washington & Jefferson Sr. 2.03 10-2 0 79.2 67 18 16 61 .223
SP Felix Minjarez, Redlands Jr. 2.30 12-2 0 94 89 24 25 105 .253
RP T.J. Storer, Ohio Northern Sr. 1.69 1-0 14 21.1 17 4 6 12 .224
UTL Ryan Orr, Kalamazoo Jr. 3.05 7-2 3 73.2 67 25 11 77 .233

 

Third team

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Derek Helbing, Washington & Jefferson Sr. .325 51 53 12 0 11 53 9 .972
1B Conner Combs, East Texas Baptist Sr. .400 54 70 12 2 10 45 18 .981
2B Mitch Wilson, Concordia-Chicago Jr. .366 48 63 15 1 6 38 18 .980
3B Tyler Cook, Chapman Sr. .431 42 72 14 1 8 39 3 .919
SS Ryan Dorow, Adrian Sr. .422 50 75 15 8 2 54 3 .956
OF Dylan Hapworth, Southern Maine Fr. .394 45 63 14 4 9 41 3 .963
OF Ian Kobernick, Kalamazoo Sr. .428 48 74 17 3 7 52 9 .972
OF Jacob Thumann, Wartburg Sr. .343 44 61 11 1 13 48 9 .980
DH Jake Loew, Shenandoah Sr. .365 47 70 14 4 10 59 1 .920
UTL Kyle Uhrich, Webster Sr. .288 30 46 12 4 6 30 2 .983

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP Stephen Himic, Birmingham-Southern Jr. 2.28 10-0 0 83 75 21 16 56 .245
SP Jimi Keating, Spalding Jr. 1.62 11-2 0 100 67 18 10 124 .186
SP Tommy Parsons, Adrian Jr. 2.23 12-1 0 93 92 23 7 101 .256
SP Speros Varinos, Tufts Sr. 1.98 8-1 1 77.1 67 17 11 86 .233
RP Aaron Barteau, Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. 2.05 2-1 13 26.1 18 6 9 44 .191
UTL Kyle Uhrich, Webster Sr. 2.29 7-3 4 59 26 15 25 90 .131

Honorable mention

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Rainier Aguilar, Redlands So. .424 25 59 9 2 2 39 0 1.000
1B Chris Fowler, Mass-Boston Jr. .366 36 63 12 4 6 46 4  .988
2B Kyle Hartenstein, Mitchell Jr. .422 51 70 19 1 3 43 6  .954
3B Ian Velez, La Roche Sr. .435 41 73 14 2 0 41 7  .864
SS Kyle Bonicki, Clark Jr. .391 50 61 20 7 4 31 12  .975
OF Brady Chant, Suffolk Jr. .361 47 69 13 12 4 35 17  .978
OF Billy Goodall, Mount Union Jr. .451 40 69 14 2 3 34 25  .965
OF Nick Vento, Washington & Jefferson Sr. .433 47 81 17 1 8 57 13  .976
DH Scott Walters, Trinity (Texas) Sr. .400 45 64 16 6 1 30 19  .930
UTL Ben Havel, Elmhurst Sr. .433 38 68 13 0 10 48 1  .985

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP Cason Cunningham, Linfield So. 2.13 5-1 0 84.1 43 20 39 104 .154
SP Ryan Gaines, Birmingham-Southern Sr. 2.93 11-0 0 101.1 103 33 13 82 .261
SP Austin Jones, UW-Whitewater Jr. 1.91 8-3 1 85 62 18 20 83 .202
SP Brad Margolin, Washington U. Sr. 1.98 9-2 0 82 56 18 7 69 .190
RP Nathan Schneidermann, Dubuque So. 0.47 6-1 5 38 18 2 8 42 .145