Roche Selected to All-America First Team by ABCA; Mathieu Lands on Second Team
Roche now consensus All-America selection; Mathieu earns first career selection
The First-Team nod from the ABCA makes Roche a consensus All-America selection in his final year of eligibility.
RINDGE, N.H. (May 31, 2012) – Graduate student center fielder James Roche (Arlington, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-America First Team, as announced Wednesday by the ABCA. In addition, sophomore first baseman Zach Mathieu (Derry, N.H.) earned a selection to the All-America Second Team.
The ABCA named 16-play First and Second All-America teams, as well as a 20-player All-America Third Team from a pool of all players selected to All-Region First Teams across the country's eight regions. Voting for the All-America teams is done by baseball coaches from around the nation. Roche and Mathieu represent two of four players selected from East Region schools. Furthermore, Franklin Pierce was the only East Region team to have multiple players honored by the organization.
After earning All-America selection from both Daktronics and NCBWA this spring, Roche is now a consensus All-American. For Mathieu, it is his first career All-America selection, after earning two Honorable Mention accolades this spring.
In his lone year in Rindge after three seasons at fellow Northeast-10 member Bentley, Roche did not miss a beat, batting primarily in the three-spot for the Ravens. Through May 20, he ranks in the top 50 in the nation in runs scored (57), hits (84), doubles (19), home runs per game (0.29), home runs (17), runs batted in per game (1.05), runs batted in (61), slugging percentage (.661) and total bases (154). Roche ranks in the top 10 in the nation in total bases (3rd), home runs (6th) and hits (10th). Through the NCAA Championship East Regional, he led the Northeast-10 in home runs and runs batted in and ranked in the top five in slugging percentage, runs scored, hits and doubles. While starting every game in center field, he hit .361/.426/.661, worked 26 walks and stole 22 bases in 30 attempts. Roche has already earned All-America Second Team honors from Daktronics and the NCBWA, was a consensus All-East Region First Team pick and was named to the All-Northeast-10 First Team, the ABCA/Rawlings East Region Gold Glove First Team and the NEIBA All-Star Team earlier this spring. A three-time All-Region selection in his career, Roche caps his career with his first All-America selection.
The consensus East Region Player of the Year, the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and already an All-America Honorable Mention by Daktronics and the NCBWA, Mathieu put together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in the nation, especially given that he played in a wood-bat conference. Through May 20, he ranked among the top 50 players in the country in runs scored (59), hits (87), doubles per game (0.38), doubles (22), triples (5), home runs per game (0.22), home runs (13), slugging percentage (.672) and total bases (158). His total bases, hits and doubles totals ranked second, sixth and seventh in the nation, respectively. Through the East Regional, Mathieu led the Northeast-10 in slugging percentage, runs scored, hits and doubles. In addition, he ranked among the top five players in the Conference in batting average (.370), triples, home runs and runs batted in (49).
A consensus All-East Region First Team selection, Mathieu was also selected as a semifinalist for College Baseball Lineup's Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year Award and named to both the All-Northeast-10 First Team and the NEIBA All-Star Team this spring. He finished one hit and four doubles shy of tying the school single-season record in both categories. In addition, he finished four home runs behind Roche, who established a new school record for home runs in a season. Mathieu paced a lineup that leads the Northeast-10 in batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.390) and slugging percentage (.460).
The Ravens wrapped up the 2012 campaign at 38-19-1, reaching the 35-win plateau for the seventh straight season. The team finished as a semifinalist in the NCAA Championship East Regional for the second year in a row and made its eighth straight appearance in the NCAA Championship.
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