Eagles Place Two on NCBWA all-America Teams
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) and Jason Cooper (Bradenton, Fla.) were named to the 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) NCAA Division II all-America teams.
Louwsma, a junior shortstop, and Cooper, a junior catcher/first baseman, were both selected as honorable mention performers in a vote of national college baseball media members. Both players were All-South Region selections by the NCBWA.
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. Copper 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 and was a 2004 ABCA All-Region selection.
Louwsma was also selected as a third-team all-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings.