Four players from across the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference were named 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball All-America. Those earning the honor are Shane Donovan, Jimi Keating, Kyler Kent, and Garrett Wilson. Keating and Wilson were named All-America by both D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings while Donovan received recognition from D3baseball.com and Kent from ABCA/Rawlings.
Spalding University's Keating and Wilson appeared as All-Americans on both national organization lists. Keating was named Second-Team All-America by ABCA/Rawlings and Third-Team by D3baseball.com. Keating, a senior from Bardstown, Ky., ranked second in NCAA Division III 107 strikeouts in 2018. The SLIAC Co-Pitcher of the Year had a 9-1 record with a 2.38 earned runs average. He finished his career at Spalding with 335 strikeouts which ranks 17th all-time in NCAA Division III.
Wilson, the 2018 SLIAC Player of the Year earned first-team honors after fueling the SLIAC leading Golden Eagle offense. The outfielder led the nation in hits with 86 on the season, while also ranking third in runs scored crossing the plate 67 times. The West Point, Ky. native, finished ranked sixth in the nation bolstering a .470 batting average. Once on base, Wilson stole 32 bases in 39 attempts which also ranked top-10 nationally.
Webster University also had two All-America players this year in Shane Donovan and Kyler Kent. Donovan was named D3baseball.com Third-Team All-America as a relief pitcher after going 6-1 with a 1.72 earned-run average. He set a new program single-season record for saves with eight, which is tied for 20th most in Division III this season, and made a team and SLIAC-leading 25 appearances. He allowed 49 hits, 13 runs while walking 14 and striking out 33.
Kent was named ABCA/Rawlings Third-Team All-American honors after hitting .428 and setting a school record with 83 hits. He also scored 44 runs, hit 17 doubles and led the Gorloks in both home runs (6) and RBI (46) and struck just 15 times in 194 at-bats. In addition, Kent was 9-for-12 on the stolen bases and led Webster with 28 multi-hit games, including just the 17th 5-hit game in school history in late April against Iowa Wesleyan.
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