HUNTSVILLE – The 2019 ABCA/Rawlings Division I All-Region teams were announced on Wednesday with a pair of Sam Houston State Bearkats finding their way onto the Central Region second team.
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Division I All-America Committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors, which will be announced June 15.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.
Both Wesneski and Cowser were named to the All-Central Region team and represent two of the 10 Southland Conference selections who landed on either the first or second team of both the Central and/or Midwest Regions.
Wesneski’s 2019 season included being named to the all-Southland Conference first team after leading the league in both strikeouts (110) and innings pitched (105.2) before being selected by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the MLB Draft last week.
The junior right-hander finished the season with an 8-4 record and a 3.32 ERA, including five games with at least 10 or more strikeouts. His 110 strikeouts this season ranks as the second most in a single season in Bearkat history, while his 224 career strikeouts ranks fourth all-time.
Cowser’s honor adds on to his breakout freshman campaign, one which saw him already named as the Southland Conference’s Hitter of the Year and a first team all-SLC choice. Last week he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The Cy Ranch HS product ranked second in the SLC in batting average (.361), fourth in slugging percentage (.602), third in on-base percentage (.450) and fourth in runs scored (50). He also ranked third in the SLC in hits (78) and RBI (54), leading the SLC with seven triples and ranking seventh with 17 doubles to go with seven homers.
He hit .394 with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI in nine game vs Power 5 opponents, and even put together the first recorded cycle in Bearkat history when he completed the feat in a late-season game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.