GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ohio Baseball senior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) has been named to the 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Mideast All-Region First Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday (June 12).
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 15.
Rott is one of four Mid-American Conference players to earn first-team status and is joined by Griffin Lockwood-Powell and Zavier Warren of Central Michigan and Drey Jameson of Ball State.
Rott adds this accolade to an already impressive list of awards this season. Rott was an All-American for the first time in his career after being named Preseason All-America by the same publication before the 2019 season started. Rott was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2016. Earlier this season, Rott won MAC Player of the Year, becoming the first back-to-back and two-time winner of the award in the league's history. Rott was also named First Team All-MAC. During the MAC Tournament, Rott became Ohio's all-time hits leader and finished his career with 293 hits and ended his with a career .339 batting average.
In the MLB First-Year Player Draft, Rott was selected with the 270th pick in the ninth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rott was the 70th Bobcat to be selected in the MLB draft since its inception in 1965 and the fourth under head coach Rob Smith.
Rott led the Bobcats in batting average (.382), hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.618) and on-base percentage (.464). His .382 batting average was No. 28 in the nation and second in the MAC. Rott was second in the league in slugging percentage and tied for third in home runs.
Rott and the Bobcats finished the season 20-34 and 12-14 in the league and earned the No. 6 seed in the MAC Tournament. Ohio won two games in the MAC Tournament, including a 17-inning elimination game over Miami, 6-5. The game was the longest in MAC Tournament history.