Racers Claim Three NAIA Baseball All-American Honorees
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Baseball - Tue, Jun. 6, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2017 Baseball All-America Teams as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. The University of Northwestern Ohio was one of five programs which boasted multiple individuals on the All-America teams with three Racers selected: Damon Proctor, Jeff Cardenas, and Kyle Fisher

Proctor, a senior right-handed pitcher from Cheboygan, Mich., leads the way for the Racers as the program's first-ever First Team selection. The honor follows a dominant 2017 season which saw Proctor go 13-0 on the mound as the first UNOH pitcher to exceed 100 innings pitched, 100 strikeouts, and 10 victories in a single season. He also pitched the program's first perfect game and no-hitter against Union (Ky.) College on February 11, 2017. Proctor's 13 victories led all NAIA pitchers. He also ranked in the top five in ERA (1.50), total innings pitched (114.0), opponent batting average (.187), and hits allowed per nine innings (6.0).

Cardenas follows as UNOH's first Second Team honoree after a standout season as the Racers' everyday shortstop. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native was one of two players to play in and start each of the team's 56 contests while leading the team at the plate with a .410 batting average. His 87 hits and 70 RBIs are both single-season records for the Racers. In his final at-bat as a Racer, Cardenas ripped a solo home run to become the second Racer to hit 10 long balls in one season. His longest hitting streak was 16 games while he ended his career having reached base in 39 consecutive contests.

Rounding out the honorees is Kyle Fisher who was named to the Honorable Mention team. Fisher, a junior from London, Ohio, joined Cardenas as the other everyday player by starting every game in centerfield. He was a major threat in the leadoff position as his hybrid offense of power and speed made him a difficult out. He hit .336 while leading the NAIA with 1.55 runs scored per game and ranked second with 87 total runs. Fisher also showcased his speed by going a perfect 37-for-37 on stolen base attempts. He also ripped nine home runs, 16 doubles, and six triples.

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.

Christopher Acosta-Tapia of Oklahoma Wesleyan headlines the 34 honorees, as the junior outfielder was named National Player of the Year.

Oklahoma Wesleyan led all institutions with four All-Americans. Bellevue (Neb.), Indiana Tech, and Science & Arts (Okla.) also had multiple individuals honored.

For a complete list of the NAIA All-America honorees, visit www.NAIA.org.