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Junior Matthew McKenzie - 2017 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team
Junior Matthew McKenzie - 2017 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team
Baseball - Wed, Jun. 21, 2017

Kansas City, Mo. – Junior pitcher Matthew McKenzie (Oak Forest, Ill./Marist) represented Saint Xavier University on the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team when the honorees were announced by the NAIA national office Wednesday afternoon.  The nine-member team, as selected by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee, recognizes players across the nation for their defensive success during the 2017 campaign.  The last time that the SXU baseball program had a player named to the NAIA's Gold Glove team was 2007 with former standout outfielder Tony Testin.  McKenzie was the lone pitcher on this year's team and owned a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) behind 19 assists.  

"What a nice honor for Matthew and our baseball program," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Rocco Mossuto.  "With only nine players earning the award across the nation, it is extremely difficult to land a spot on this team.  This is a testament to all of the hard work Matthew put in throughout the season and I'm glad to see him rewarded for it." 

Saint Xavier finished the 2017 season with a 28-29 overall record and placed fifth overall in the final Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season standings with a 15-11 mark.  The Cougars ended the year in the championship game of the CCAC Tournament with a 2-0 loss to Saint Ambrose University (Iowa).  After winning the CCAC Tournament last season, it marks the second straight season that SXU has advanced to the tourney championship.

 

2017 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team

Pos.

Name

School

Year

Hometown

C

Jake Browne

Bellevue (Neb.)

Sr.

West Richland, Wash.

1B

Glen McClain

Indiana Tech

So.

Fremont, Ind.

2B

Matt Saliba

Webber International (Fla.)

Sr.

Winter Haven, Fla.

3B

Michael Fuchs

Vanguard (Calif.)

Jr.

Irvine, Calif.

SS

Dante Biagini

Indiana Tech

Jr.

San Francisco, Calif.

LF

Andrew Fogerty

Truett McConnell (Ga.)

Jr.

Jefferson, Ga.

CF

Brandon Sandoval

Vanguard (Calif.)

Sr.

Fallbrook, Calif.

RF

Alexander Lorenzo

Loyola (La.)

Sr.

Miami, Fla.

P

Matthew McKenzie

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

Jr.

Oak Forest, Ill.