June 15, 2014
JONESBORO, Ark. - As collegiate baseball postseason honors continue to pour in for Houston Baseball, the senior trio of Chase Wellbrock, Casey Grayson and Tyler Ford will be able to add to their impressive 2014 campaigns by being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division I Central All-Region Team, announced Sunday afternoon.
Wellbrock and Grayson were honored on the All-Region First Team as a relief pitcher and first baseman, respectively, while Ford was a Second Team selection as a reliever.
These three were honored among just 26 student-athletes, representing four conferences across the nation.
Wellbrock and Ford swept the relief pitcher category as only one was honored on each of the First and Second Team.
2014 marked the second straight season Houston Baseball was represented on this highly competitive All-Region squad as starter Austin Pruitt was a Second Team honoree in 2013.
This year marked the first year since 2008 Houston had at least three named to an All-Region Team and first time the Cougars had two First Team All-Region selections.
The last First Team selection was infielder Bryan Pounds back in 2008.
First-Team selections (Wellbrock, Grayson) will be considered as candidates for the ABCA All-America, which will be announced later this month.
2014 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Central All-Region Teams
SP | Blake Fox, So., Rice
SP |Andro Cutura, Jr., Southeastern La.
SP | Mike Franco, Jr., FIU
RP | Chase Wellbrock, Sr., Houston
C | Anthony Azar, Sr., Sam Houston State
1B | Casey Grayson, Sr., Houston
2B | Jace Conrad, Jr., Louisiana
3B | Brandon Tierney, Sr., TAMCC
SS | Blake Trahan, So., Louisiana
DH | Matt Shortall, Sr., UT-Arlington
OF | Caleb Adams, Jr., Louisiana
OF | Doug Votolato, Sr., Central Arkansas
OF | Andrew Godbold, Jr., Southeastern La.
SP | Zac Curtis, Sr., Middle Tennessee
SP | Austin Robichaux, Jr., Louisiana
SP | Carson Baranik, Jr., Louisiana
RP | Tyler Ford, Sr., Houston
C | Aramis Garcia, Jr., FIU
1B | Trent Miller, Sr., Middle Tennessee
2B | Julio Nunez, Jr., Alabama A&M
3B | Ryan Leonards, Sr., Louisiana
SS | Sam Bumpers, Sr., Lamar
DH | Waldyvan Estrada, Jr., Alabama State
OF | Ryan Bottger, Jr., UT-Arlington
OF | Andrew Utterback, Jr., Alabama A&M
OF | Seth Harrison, Jr., Louisiana
HOUSTON'S ABCA/RAWLINGS CENTRAL ALL-REGION TEAM HONOREES
RHP - Chase Wellbrock - Brenham, Texas - First Team
Finished his Houston career as the program's all-time saves leader with 24...Tallied a season-high 12 saves in 2014...Was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List...Played an instrumental role in Houston's pitching success, tallying a 5-0 record and a 1.17 ERA...Was 4-0 with three saves and a 0.96 ERA in league games...For that, was named to the American Athletic Conference Second Team...Finished second on the team with 23 appearances and logged 46.1 innings...Struck out 37 and walked just five, three of which were intentional...Joins senior Tyler Ford, owning the program's best ERA in a senior season, passing Rayner Noble's 1.31 ERA...Held opposing hitters to a .233 average...Struck out five in 2.0 innings vs. Nicholls State (Feb. 14) for save No. 1 of the year...Fanned four in 3.1 shutout innings vs. UCF (May 4)...Didn't allow an earned run in his first 12 appearances out of the pen, totaling 21.1 innings...Became the first Cougar to record back-to-back seasons with 10 or more saves (12 - 2014, 11 - 2013)...Earned saves in his first four appearances...Made three relief appearances during NCAA postseason play...Earned the win in a 5.0-inning, one-run, three-hit gem at LSU (June 1) in a come-from-behind, extra-inning victory to force a deciding game in the Baton Rouge Regional...Allowed just four runs in his final 10 appearances of his Cougar career...Pitched 2.0 hitless frames with two strikeouts at Texas (June 7) in the Austin Super Regional in his final appearance in Red and White...Helped Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003... Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 33rd round at No. 984
1B - Casey Grayson - Cypress, Texas - First Team
Named to the American Athletic Conference Second Team...Wrapped up his career as a Cougar, ranked among the team leaders in almost every offensive category...Was the only Cougar to start and appear in all 66 games...Led the team with a .321 average, 78 hits, 16 doubles, 48 RBI...Slugged .469 with six homeruns...Finished third all-time in program history with 52 walks for a .440 on-base percentage, compared to just 28 strikeouts...Led the Cougars with 12 multi-RBI games and was third-best with 18 multi-hit games...Notched a team-long 27 game on-base streak from March 30 to May 15, recording a hit in all but three of those games...Belted a homerun in his first at-bat of 2014 vs. Nicholls (Feb. 14) to finish 3-for-3...Drove in a career-best four RBI twice, once in the American Baseball Championship title game vs. Louisville (May 25) and at Rutgers (April 5) on three hits, including a homerun...Drove in six RBI on five hits in the final two games to help clinch the conference tournament title with wins over UCF and Louisville and was named to the All-Tournament team...Fielded .995 with just three errors in 540 putouts...Opened the year on a six-game hit streak...Produced a midseason 11-game hit streak...Tallied four hits in the Baton Rouge Regional... Helped Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003...Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round at No. 645
LHP - Tyler Ford - Richmond, Texas - Second Team
Produced one of the best seasons by a Houston reliever in program history, tallying a 9-0 record and four saves...Notched a team-high 27 appearances and appeared at least once in all 12 weekend series...Owned a team-low 1.17 ERA... Joins senior Chase Wellbrock, owning the program's best ERA in a senior season, passing Rayner Noble's 1.31 ERA...Logged 69.0 innings, allowing just nine earned runs and five walks to accompany 49 strikeouts...Held opposing hitters to a .192 average...Didn't allow a run in his first 11.0 innings on the year...Recorded a strikeout in all but eight appearances...Finished the year with 4.2 scoreless frames during the NCAA postseason...Earned two wins in relief vs. Rice, totaling 10 shutout innings with just four hits surrendered with four strikeouts...Named the Silver Glove Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and American Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 24)...Struck out a career-high seven in a career-tying 5.1 innings at Temple...Fanned six in a win at Cincinnati (April 25)...Had at least two strikeouts in his five seven relied appearances...Didn't walk a hitter during his first 12 outings...Made 11 relief appearances that featured at least 3.0 innings pitched...Earned wins over Rice (2), Towson, Memphis, Cincinnati, UCF, Temple, Louisville and Bryant...Allowed two hits in 4.1 innings out of the pen to earn the win vs. Louisville in the American Baseball Championship title game...Helped Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003...Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 27th round at No. 820 overall
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