CC's Warner, CBC's Lawson Named To Baseball All-America Team
Baseball - Wed, Jun. 7, 2017
Kansas City, Mo…The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2017 baseball All-American Team and a last two American Midwest Conference (AMC) Players of the Year earned a spot on the Team. Columbia College's Andrew Warner was selected as First Team All-American and Central Baptist College's Jalin Lawson was selected a Second Team All-American. Lawson is a two-time All-American, earning First Team honors in 2016.
The first and second teams are also recognized as ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. The ABCA began recognizing All-Americans in 1949 and named the first ABCA NAIA All-America team in 1969.
Warner, a junior first baseman from Lee's Summit, Mo., was a major factor for the Cougars in their first baseball season in 35 years, becoming the first player in Columbia College baseball history to be named an NAIA All-American. He ranked in the top five nationally in five offensive categories including second in batting average (.478), third in slugging percentage (.872), and fifth in hits per game (1.686).
The 2017 AMC Player and Newcomer of the Year, finished the season with a team high 17 homeruns while accumulating 86 hits and 69 runs batted in. He picked up at least one hit in all but six of the Cougars 51 games this season including a 26 game hitting streak that lasted from February 18th to April 7th.
Lawson, a senior second baseman from Troy, Ala., led the Mustangs in most offensive categories including batting average (.392), slugging percentage (.686), hits (76), doubles (22, ranked 20th nationally), home runs (11), RBI (50) and runs scored (54). The 2016 AMC Player and Newcomer of the Year was a First Team All-Conference selection for the second consecutive year.
Lyon College's Tyler Tognarine, a junior pitcher from Cape Coral, Fla., received Honorable Mention. The 2017 AMC Pitcher of the Year posted an 11-5 record on the mound with a team-best 1.99 earned run average, 11 complete games, four saves and 92 strikeouts over 113.1 innings.
The All-America Teams were selected by the NAIA All-America committee and comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections. The complete All-America Team can be found here.
Information for release courtesy of Columbia College and Lyon College sports information offices