Eagles Place Two on NCBWA All-Region Team
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two members of the Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team have been named to the 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-South Region Team.
Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) was selected as the first-team All-South shortstop while Jason Cooper (Bradenton, Fla.) was named to the first-team as a utility player. Both players will now advance to the national ballot for all-America consideration.
Louwsma started all 55 games at shortstop for FGCU, which finished with a 37-18 record and posted a 19-game winning streak during the season. The junior led the team in hitting with a .374 batting average, hitting safely in 45 of 55 games. He posted 25 multiple-hit games, including a season-best hitting streak of 11 games, and had 16 multiple RBI games. Louwsma also led the team in hits (80), doubles (19), triples (3), home runs (14), and RBI (61), as well as sacrifice flies, total bases and slugging percentage. His 14 home runs set a new single-season school record, as did his two grand slams.
Cooper was named as a utility player after starting 24 games at catcher, 16 games at first base and 14 games at designated hitter. He was second on the team in hitting at .345, hitting safely in 42 of 54 games with 21 multiple hit games. He posted a team-best 14-game hitting streak and had 10 multiple RBI games. Cooper was second on the team in hits (69), third on team in doubles (15), and RBI (42). He is the career leader in hits, home runs and RBI at FGCU.
Louwsma was also named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Team., which is voted on by the head baseball coaches of the region.