June 14, 2017
2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Region Teams Release
GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the second time in as many season, Stephen F. Austin was represented on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Region list as junior designated hitter Josh Evans earned a spot on the South Central All-Region First Team. The news was made official in a press release issued by the ABCA Wednesday afternoon.
Evans' selection to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I South Central All-Region First Team is the latest in a string of postseason accolades secured by the Ponca City, Okla., product following an impressive debut season for the `Jacks' in 2017. He joins former SFA greats Hunter Dozier and Bryson Myles as the only Lumberjacks to earn All-Region First Team accolades by ABCA/Rawlings.
The 2017 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and an All-Southland Conference First Team pick, Evans' installation in SFA's everyday lineup gave the squad one more big bat to threaten opposing pitchers with. The junior slashed at a rate of .383/.440/.638 during his first season at an NCAA Division I institution and led the 13-team Southland Conference in batting average, ranked second in the league in slugging percentage and eighth in on-base percentage. He was one of just two Southland Conference players to rank among the top ten in all three of those offensive categories in 2017.
Nationally, Evans ranked 20th in batting average and 39th in slugging percentage when stacked up against all other NCAA Division I baseball players. Through 51 games, the junior racked up 57 hits, 17 walks and 38 RBI as the `Jacks' designated hitter.
It was his power hitting, however, that turned heads around the conference, region and nation. Of Evans' 57 hits, 18 of them were of the extra-base variety including a team-leading 10 home runs that also represented the eighth-highest total among all Southland Conference players.
With Evans on their side, the `Jacks posted a 29-28 record during the 2017 season. That showing included a 17-13 mark in Southland Conference play that helped SFA sew up the sixth-seed for the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament. It was the second-straight season in which the team qualified for postseason play.