Trio of SCIAC Baseball Players Named D3Baseball.com All-Americans
Pomona-Pitzer's James Campbell, Chapman's Brian Rauh and Whittier's Andrew Vallejo were named D3baeball.com All-Americans this week.
Senior James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) was named a
third-team All-American by D3Baseball.com, it was announced
Campbell earned the honor after a spectacular senior season which saw him hit .397 with a team-leading 11 homers and 49 RBI. He was a first-team All-SCIAC selection as a first baseman, and was first-team All-West Region by D3Baseball.com as a designated hitter, after splitting time between first, third and DH over the course of the year.
Campbell also came up big in several big spots over the course of the season, including a two-run homer in a 4-2 win over No. 2 Kean College, and a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance against Whitworth, which are both currently in the NCAA Division III World Series. He also earned the SCIAC Men's Athlete of the Week (all sports) after a 10-RBI doubleheader against CMS to help the Sagehens to a pair of wins.
In mid-season, Campbell had one of the most impressive hot streaks for a Sagehen in recent seasons, hitting 16-26 with six homers and 22 RBI over a span of six starts, including a 4-for-5, two-homer performance against Rutgers-Newark, and a 4-for-4, four-RBI performance against Puget Sound, in addition to the doubleheader against CMS.
Campbell's efforts helped Pomona-Pitzer to a 25-12-1 record on the year and a 19-9 mark in the SCIAC, good for second place, just one game out of first.
For the third consecutive season, Chapman University junior RHP Brian Rauh has earned D3Baseball.com All-America first team honors. Rauh becomes just the second player in school history to be named All-America three times in his career (Wayde Kitchens 2007-09). He is the first to earn first team honors all three years.
The junior put together another outstanding campaign on the mound for Chapman, posting an 8-1 record and 1.27 earned run average which ranks ninth in Division III this season. He also owns the third-highest strikeout total in the nation with 122 Ks in just 92 innings and he had six outings with 10 or more strikeouts including a career-high 16 versus Linfield on April 14.
Additionally, opponents hit a career-low .159 against the ace right-hander in 2012 and he ranked third in Division III in hits allowed per nine innings (5.09).
Rauh had never lost a game entering his junior season with a perfect 22-0 mark and extended that to 24 consecutive wins before finally suffering his first loss 2-0 to Rutgers-Newark on March 10. He also had some misfortune in the first half of the season with three no-decisions after he tossed nine innings, allowed two runs or less and struck out 10 or more but the Panthers lost in extra innings. The righty then won five of his final six starts to close out the season.
For his career, Rauh is 30-1 with a 1.78 ERA and holds Chapman's all-time strikeouts record with 355 in just three seasons.
Vallejo was named to the Third Team and this marks the first time in Vallejo’s career he earns this All-American Honor.
Vallejo, a senior from Hollywood, Calif., led the Poets in almost every offensive category and led the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in hits and batting average helping him earn SCIAC Player of the Year Honors the first time a Poet has achieved this feat since 1986.