The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America Committee. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors.
Hawke, a senior from Wendell, N.C., was named as the fifth infielder on the First Team after ranking second on the Bulldogs with a .391 batting average. The all-region honor is the second of the summer for Hawke as he was named as a first team member on the NCBWA list earlier this month.
He totaled 68 hits during the season, including nine doubles, a school-record five triples and eight home runs, while driving in 38 RBI and scoring 45 runs. Hawke led the team with 28 stolen bases and recorded a .950 fielding percentage over 48 games and also earned a spot on the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team.
Webster, a senior from Pittsboro, N.C., was recognized as a the First Team catcher after leading the team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total hits, home runs and total RBI. He joined Hawke on the All-Conference First Team and NCBWA all-region team as well. Webster was also honored as a NCBWA All-American yesterday, the fourth Barton baseball player to receive such an award.
He turned in a .401 batting average during the season with 75 total hits, including 16 doubles and 21 home runs, to go along with a .511 on-base percentage and an .824 slugging percentage. He drove in a league-high 58 RBI and scored 58 runs of his own in 51 games, while drawing 39 walks.
A total of 10 players from Conference Carolinas made the list, including five first team selections.
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2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region Teams
Player of the Year: Brandon Benson, Georgia College
Pitcher of the Year: Austin Hutchison, University of Mount Olive
Catcher: Andrew Webster, Barton College
First Base: Mason McClellan, Columbus State University
Second Base: Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill University
Shortstop: Brandon Benson, Georgia College
Third Base: Cal Gentry, Georgia College
Infielder: Calvin Hawke, Barton College
Outfield: Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial University
Outfield: Nick Beinlich, Belmont Abbey College
Outfield: Michael Gouge, University of North Georgia
Outfield: Luke Setzer, Catawba College
Designated Hitter: Ryan Patterson, Armstrong State University
Starting Pitcher: Joseph Benitez, USC Aiken
Starting Pitcher: Austin Hutchison, University of Mount Olive
Starting Pitcher: Daniel McCrary, University of North Georgia
Starting Pitcher: Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Relief Pitcher: Zach Mozingo, University of Mount Olive
Catcher: Zach Almond, Catawba College
First Base: Sebastian Samuels, University of Montevallo
Second Base: Kyle Smith, Catawba College
Shortstop: Ricky Surum, University of Mount Olive
Third Base: Chase Allen, Limestone College
Infielder: Connor Hoover, University of North Georgia
Outfield: Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman University
Outfield: Garrett Lowery, Limestone College
Outfield: Logan Mattix, Georgia College
Outfield: Mitchell Price, USC Aiken
Outfield: Mike Warren, Armstrong State University
Designated Hitter: Bill Leroy, University of North Georgia
Starting Pitcher: Tucker Burgess, North Greenville University
Starting Pitcher: Caleb Kutsche, Columbus State University
Starting Pitcher: Dylan Peppers, University of North Georgia
Starting Pitcher: Bruce Zimmerman, University of Mount Olive
Relief Pitcher: Bryan Blanton, Catawba College