AUSTIN, Texas – SCIAC Athlete of the Year senior Tanner Nishioka from Pomona-Pitzer was named to the 2017 Academic All-America® Division III Baseball First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jared Love from Chapman joined Nishiokoa as a member of the third team.
Nishioka led the nation in home runs with 18 and slugging percentage at .888. Nishioka posted a .441 battings average to go along with 53 RBI, 48 runs scored and 67 hits. He achieved a 3.62 GPA at Pomona College with a Neuroscience major and ends his career in the top-six all time in hits, home runs, batting average, runs and stolen bases and also ranks seventh in single season batting average (.441) and tied for third in home runs in a single season (18).
Love led the Panthers with 45 RBIs on a career-best .385 average and seven home runs. His 17 homers at Chapman are tied for tenth all-time. He drew 32 walks in 2017 to more than double his career total and post a .505 on-base percentage, which ranked in the top-50 in the nation. His 18 doubles also led the Panthers and ranked as the 27th-most in the country. He committed just one error this season for a .998 fielding percentage, leading a Panther team that ranked tenth in Division III in fielding.