Four Spartans Earn ABCA All-American Honors

Release courtesy of Manchester University

ALLIANCE, OH - Manchester University, fresh off an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Division III College World Series, placed four of its members on the American Baseball Coaches Association's Division III All-American teams, released late last week.

Senior pitcher/outfielder Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind.) was selected to the first team as a utility player, while junior third baseman Jordan Nieman (Michigan City, Ind.) was a second team honoree. Senior shortstop Corey Marchant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and senior pitcher Kyle Konarski (Elkhart, Ind.) were both third team honorees.

Murphy, adding the award to honorable mention All-American, ABCA first team and second team all-Mideast Region, and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year accolades, wrapped up his final season with a team-leading .392 batting average, 78 hits, 66 runs scored and 21 doubles as well as a staff-best 1.52 earned run average and 13 saves.

Nieman, adding his second team award to ABCA Mideast Region Player of the Year, second team All-American and first team all-Mideast Region, and first team All-HCAC, guided the Black and Gold with 11 home runs, 71 runs-batted-in, 124 total bases and .629 slugging percentage.

Marchant, a .375 hitter who ended his senior year with 66 hits, 19 doubles, five home runs and 56 RBIs, added his third team ABCA All-American award to first team All-American and all-Mideast Region, first team ABCA all-Mideast Region and first team All-HCAC honors, while Konarski, who closed his season with a 10-1 record, 63 strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA, added his third team honor to ABCA first team and third team all-Mideast Region and HCAC Pitcher of the Year accolades.

Marchant and Murphy each closed their Spartan playing careers as two-time All-Americans.