Case Western Reserve University senior Rocco Maue was named the second baseman on the 2019 D3baseball.com Preseason All-America team, as announced by the website on Thursday afternoon.
Maue becomes the third CWRU player ever to be named a preseason all-American, joining Chad Mullins (2011 third team) and Andrew Gronski (2015 first team).
Maue is coming off one of the best all-around seasons in program history in 2018. He was named to the D3baseball.com All-America First Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association/ Rawlings All-America Third Team in 2018, while also receiving University Athletic Association Player of the Year honors. He hit .358 with a program-record 11 home runs, while adding 35 runs batted in and a conference-high 26 stolen bases on 27 attempts. Maue added 52 runs scored during the year, and led the team with 16 multiple-hit games, including a three-home run, five-hit game against Roger Williams in March of 2018.
Maue also made a successful transition from shortstop to second base prior to the season, committing just five errors for a .977 fielding percentage, while turning 32 double plays.
The Spartans, who finished the 2018 season with a 29-10 record and claimed the third UAA Championship in program history, were ranked 40th in Collegiate Baseball's 2019 Division III poll. Case Western Reserve is scheduled to open its 2019 campaign at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 23rd.