Rauh and Ludvik Named ABCA All-Americana; Ludvik Also Named To Gold Glove Team
Chapman's Brian Rauh and LaVerne's Jacob Ludvik were named ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans this week. Ludvik was also named to the National Golf Glove Team.
Brian Rauh, a 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.
Senior Jacob Ludvik has been selected Third Team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and is one of nine players named to the ABCA/Rawlings 2012 Division III Gold Glove Team for the 2012 season.
Ludvik was the offensive catalyst for the Leos this season, concluding the regular season with a team-high .405 batting average, which ranked third among conference leaders. He led the the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in doubles with 17 and was among the league leaders in hits (69, 2nd), runs scored (43, 2nd), total bases (94, 3rd), and runs batted (36, 5th).
His efforts helped lead La Verne to the 2012 SCIAC Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was the lone Leopard representative on the McMinnville Regional All-Tournament Team.
Defensively, Ludvik registered 129 putouts on the season with a fielding percentage of .992 in his 42 games played en route to earning National Gold Glove honors.
The Gold Glove Awards are chosen by the ABCA All-American Committee for each Division. All Gold Glove Award recipients distinguished themselves as the best defensive players at their respective positions throughout the course of the season.
Ludvik, who recently graduated with a 3.94 overall grade point average, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Baseball First Team last week as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
"For Jacob to be named to both the Academic All-America team as well as the All-America team for baseball, and then turn around and win a National Gold-Glove is amazing," said head coach Scott Winterburn. "I don't imagine that there are too many college students in the history of the game that can claim a trio of awards like that. He is a legacy player, and his example will be followed for many, many years to come"
A 2011 First Team All-SCIAC and Third Team D3baseball.com All-West Region selection, Ludvik was selected to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week (April 2-8) earlier this season.
La Verne finished the season with a 26-16 overall record and a 20-8 mark in conference play en route to the SCIAC crown, the 20th league title in program history.