Whitten and Irving Collect ABCA/Rawling All-South Region Honors

BOCA RATON, Fla - The American Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2014 ABCA/Rawlings Division II All-South Region teams. In addition to 15 Sunshine State Conference selections, Saint Leo senior Fran Whitten was selected to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region first team, while junior Dale Irving earned a spot on the South Region Gold Glove team.

A native of Westborough, Mass., the Lions' Fran Whitten was selected to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team, just days after earning NCBWA and Daktronics All-South Region selections. The All-Sunshine State Conference First Team selection joined the green and gold during his senior year, ending his final playing season with a conference-leading 11 homeruns and 110 total bases. In addition, he finished the year leading his team in numerous categories, including doubles, homeruns, RBI, slugging, and on-base percentage. As a first baseman, he also led the Lions in putouts, with 324.

Hailing from Panama City, Fla., Saint Leo catcher Dale Irving stood firm behind the plate in his first season with the Lions, starting 44 games and posting a .996 fielding average. He finished second in the Sunshine State Conference in runners thrown out, and finished second on the team with 221 putouts. The newcomer made just one error on the year.

Each member of the first team will be eligible for ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-American consideration, which will be selected on Sunday, May 25 in Cary, N.C. in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. The Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year from each region will be guaranteed a spot on one of the three All-American teams.

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ABCA/Rawlings Division II All-South Region

FIRST TEAM
1B - Fran Whitten, Saint Leo
2B - Matthew Fears, Valdosta State
3B - Cash Oliver, Tuskegee
SS - Fernando Tanaka, Stillman
INF - Stephen Dezzi, Tampa
C - Sal Giardina, Jr., Lynn
OF James Campbell, Albany State
OF - Sheehan Planas-Arteaga, Barry
OF - Michael Danner, Tampa
OF - Dex Herrington, Delta State
P - Jordan DeLorenzo, West Florida
P - Preston Packrall, Tampa
P - Dawson Brown, West Florida
P - Jed Vandernaald, Lynn
RP - Bill Mendek, Lynn
DH - Bryant Hayman, Valdosta State

Position Player of the Year: Sal Giardina, Jr., Lynn

Pitcher of the Year: Jordan DeLorenzo, West Florida

Coach of the Year: Regional Champion Coach (TBD)

SECOND TEAM
1B - Nick Baldelli-Boggs, Stillman
2B - Kasey Hinton, Delta State
3B - Chris Farrel, Palm Beach Atlantic
SS - Mike Reed, Valdosta Sate
SS - Blake Massey, Alabama-Huntsville
INF - Alex Debellis, Lynn
C - Nick Tindall, Tampa
OF - Dominic Brugnoni, Florida Southern
OF - Jordan Chovanec, Delta State
OF - Austin Southall, West Florida
OF - Will Robertson, Delta State
P - Scotty Ward, Florida Tech
P - Drew Eiland, Alabama-Huntsville
P - Michael Manley, Delta State
P - David Heintz, Tampa
P - Jimmy Gutowski, Eckerd
RP - Kevin McNorton, Tampa
DH - Mitch Holgate, West Alabama

ABCA/Rawlings South Region Gold Glove First Team 
1B - Cliff Covington, West Florida
2B - Josh Carpenter, North Alabama
3B - Chase Handley, Alabama-Huntsville
SS - Jorge Chavarria, Florida Tech
C - Dale Irving, Saint Leo
OF - Keith Curcio, Florida Southern
OF - Jake Ward, North Alabama
OF - Jordan Chovanec, Delta State
P - Daniel Patrick, Lynn