Five SSC Representatives Dot Baseball All-America Squads
|Lynnís Anthony Boza|
Five SSC student-athletes were among those selected to the 2012 Daktronics Baseball All-America Team, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America Team, and the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-American Team.
Lynn’s Anthony Boza again led the way, earning first-team honors as a designated hitter on all three lists. Nova Southeastern placed two players on each group's second team. Second baseman Carlos Asuaje was joined by outfielder Areo Regoli. Tampa starting pitcher Sean Bierman was a third-team selection on the Daktronics and Rawlings/ABCA teams, while his teammate, Andrew Jones, received honorable mention on the Daktronics list. Additionally, NSU's Asuaje was named to the Rawlings/ABCA DII Gold Glove Team at second base.
Posting some impressive numbers during the season, Boza appeared in the top-three of eight of the SSC’s offensive categories. He led the SSC, and ranked in the top-50 nationally, with a .707 slugging percentage, 52 RBI and 133 total bases while also batting .388 with 33 runs and 18 doubles.
The Miami, Fla., product swept South Region Player of the Year accolades in four organizations, earning top honors in the South for Daktronics, College Baseball Lineup and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in addition to his Sunshine State Conference Co-Player of the Year recognition. He becomes the first player in program history to accomplish that feat.
Asuaje, who was named Co-Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, has excelled in the leadoff role for NSU, hitting .389 on the season. He routinely puts himself in scoring position, with 23 doubles on the year. He ended the year one double away from tying the single-season doubles record at NSU, set by Guillermo Munoz in 1991. Asuaje entered the postseason with an even .500 on base percentage. He also had 29 RBI and five home runs on the season.
Regoli earned his spot on the second-team for serving as an elite power hitter this season, with 17 home runs and 49 RBI. He is one of three players in team history to hit at least 17 home runs in a season. He also ranks second on the team with 11 doubles and a .350 batting average.
This marks the second time in program history that the Sharks had multiple All-America selections on a team. The previous mark was made when Mike Fiers and J.D. Martinez, who both currently play in Major League Baseball, received the honor in 2009.
Bierman, a senior left-handed pitcher, was also the SSC and Daktronics South Region Pitcher of the Year. He finished the season with an 8-3 overall record and 2.27 ERA that led all Spartans. In 83.1 innings, the southpaw notched 85 strikeouts as opposing batters hit just .241 against the UT ace.
Jones, a senior left-fielder, hit .353 with five home runs and a team-high 47 RBI. He also registered a team-leading 14 doubles. The Doylestown, Ohio native was also stellar in the field, recording a perfect fielding percentage to go with 68 putouts and three outfield assists.