Even though many are wrapped up in the middle of the winter sports season, the AMCC is proud to announce that two baseball student-athletes have earned a nod on the preseason all-America team this week. Pitt-Bradford senior catcher Austin Parent and La Roche College junior pitcher Tre Thomas each picked up D3Baseball Preseason All-America honors, which was released on Friday.
Parent, named to the first team, is coming off a 2018 season in which he garnered both D3Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America First Team honors as well as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year award. The native of Gilbert, Ariz., started all 33 games and hit .496, which is the top batting average of any of the three NCAA levels in 2018. The nation's top hitter also led the country with a .616 on-base percentage and is second nationally with a .916 slugging percentage. His nine home runs in 2018 are the most in Pitt-Bradford program history, while Parent's 48 RBIs and 109 total bases ranked second in the AMCC. The catcher posted a .963 fielding percentage and threw out nine would-be base stealers.
Thomas, named to the honorable mention team, ranked third in the nation in ERA (1.48 in 54.2 innings pitched). He led the AMCC in conference play in starts (5), wins (6), and ERA (1.15), while also ranking second in strikeouts (41) and third in innings pitched (31.1).