MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Just days after being named the D3Baseball.com National Player of the Year, Case Western Reserve University's record-breaking third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) has another piece of hardware to add to his trophy case. The senior slugger has been tabbed as an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings first-team All-American. In addition to Mullins, two other Spartans earned All-Mideast Region honors and another was honored with a Gold Glove Award.
Mullins, also a D3Baseball.com first-team All-American and the University Athletic Association Player of the Year, was one of the top hitters in the nation this season. He started all 48 games and batted .437 with eight homeruns and a nation-leading 71 runs batted-in. He also ranked in the top-10 nationally in hits (83), runs scored (58) and total bases (125). Mullins is the first player in the history of CWRU baseball to earn ABCA All-American honors.
For his career, he finished as the Spartans' all-time leader in nine different statistical categories, including batting average (.409), at-bats (643), runs scored (160), hits (263), doubles (61), games played (178), RBI (185), total bases (397) and most times hit by pitch (26). He also ranks in the top-10 all-time in five other categories.
In addition to Mullins, junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) was tabbed as second-team All-Mideast Region while sophomore pitcher Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) was a third-team pick. Senior centerfielder Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./San Clemente) was named a Mideast Region Gold Glove Award recipient as well.
Alexander, also a second-team All-UAA selection, batted .368 with four homers and 55 RBI. He led the team with 19 doubles and five triples.
Hora was the Spartans' ace, posting an 8-3 record on the mound with a team-high six complete games. In 77.1 innings pitched, he totaled 46 strikeouts with a 4.54 earned run average.
Richards recorded 147 putouts with three assists from his center field position. He also committed only three errors while batting .326 with 35 RBI and 58 runs scored.
The Spartans finished the season with a school-record 33 wins (33-15 overall) and earned the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history. CWRU's historic run concluded with a third-place showing (3-2 overall) at the Mideast Regional in Marietta.