Tuesday, May 22, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) has named Westminster College senior baseball players Tim Wiand (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) (first baseman) and Justin Prejsnar (New Castle, PA / New Castle) (pitcher) to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region Teams. Wiand earned a spot on the first team, while Prejsnar was tabbed on the second team.
Wiand, who already earned this year's D3baseball.com First Team All-Region, First Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), and PAC Most Valuable Player honors, led the conference in batting average (.431), slugging percentage (.625), and on base percentage (.503). His conference-leading 46 RBIs set a school-record. Wiand was also second in the league with total bases (90) and was tied for second in doubles (14). On defense, Wiand had an impressive .995 fielding percentage with only two errors all season.
Prejsnar, earning his first all-region award of his career, boasted the best earned run average in the conference with a 1.91. His seven wins stood third in the league. His 55 strikeouts stood fifth in the conference and his 75.1 innings pitched tied seventh-best. Prejsnar's 248.2 career innings pitched set a school-record, breaking Pat Boyle's 232.0 (2001-04).
The fifteen players that earned ABCA first team recognition will advance to the ABCA All-American ballot which will be selected and announced this week at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in Appleton, Wis.
Westminster (28-17) won its second PAC Title in school history and clinched its first ever birth to the NCAA Tournament. Its 28 wins on the year set a school-record for a single season.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.