DeLand, Fla. - On Wednesday it was announced that Stetson catcher Nick Rickles has been named Second Team All-America by Baseball America. It is the second All-America recognition this season for the 6-3, 225lb junior out of Loxahatchee, Florida. Two weeks ago he was selected Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Last week he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 14th round of the MLB draft.
This season Rickles led Stetson to a 43 wins, an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Regional in Columbia, South Carolina.
He finished the season as Stetson's leader in batting average (.347), hits (85), doubles (20), home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.600). He was second on the team in RBI (62) and led the A-Sun in runners picked off (7) and runners caught stealing (23). He also ranked near the top in NCAA Division I as one of the most difficult players to strike out. Rickles struck out just 10 times in 245 at bats.
A First Team All-Conference selection and two-time A-Sun Player of the Week, Rickles was among the final 13 catchers on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List and was also named on the mid-season Golden Spikes Award Watch List for the top collegiate player in Division I.