Trio of Wahoos earn NCBWA All-American honors
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The postseason honors continue for Virginia baseball with three players recognized on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American team.
First baseman/pitcher Devin Ortiz led the way for the Cavaliers picking up second team All-American honors as a utility player, while third baseman Jake Gelof and outfielder Alex Tappen both garnering third team honors. The duo of Gelof and Tappen were also honored as first team American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic selections, the second-straight season two UVA players made the team.
The All-American honors are the second for Ortiz, who was also named second team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Ortiz hit .286 at the plate this season with seven home runs and 47 RBI. On the mound, Ortiz started five games for the Cavaliers and picking up five wins with a 2.03 ERA.
Gelof and Tappen combined this season to form the best run producing duo in UVA program history with 152 RBI, becoming the first pair of teammates to record 70-plus RBI in a single season.
In his second season with the Cavaliers, Gelof broke the school record with 81 RBI in a single season and came one home run shy of tying the record with 21 on the year. Gelof also earned third team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and was a first team All-ACC selection.
Fifth-year Alex Tappen put together his most productive season at Virginia with 13 home runs and 71 RBI. Tappen also joined Gelof on first team All-ACC, while hitting .366 at the plate. He ended the season by making the Greenville Regional All-Tournament team after going 7-for-13 (.538) with three runs scored and an RBI.