Rogalski, Billig and Bonser Named to Rawlings/ABCA All-Central Region Teams
St. Louis, Mo., May 23, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had three student-athletes earn 2011 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Central Region honors, it was announced Monday by the association. Junior outfielder Brandon Rogalski highlighted the honorees by earning Central Region Player of the Year accolades.
Joining Rogalski on the Rawlings/ABCA All-Central region teams were freshman utility player Kyle Billig, who was a second-team honoree, and sophomore pitcher Stephen Bonser, who garnered third-team honors.
Rogalski, who was also a 2011 first-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree, turned in one of the most impressive offensive seasons in school history. He set new Washington University single-season records in hits (74) and RBIs (60) while hitting a team-best .438 with a .722 slugging percentage.
Rogalski ranks fifth in the nation in hits, sixth in RBIs and doubles (20), 25th in batting average and 28th in runs scored (49). He also hit a team-high six home runs and five triples to tally 122 total bases in addition to racking up 28 steals. Rogalski had a 12-game hit streak during the middle part of the season and ended the year on a 15-game hitting streak, hitting .583 with 17 RBIs and 11 runs scored over the final six games of the year.
Billig, who was also a first-team all-UAA selection, made 43 starts during his freshman season, with 23 coming in the outfield and 17 at shortstop. He set a new school single-season record with 34 stolen bases, which led the UAA and ranked eighth in Division III.
Billig finished the year with a .342 average, scoring a team-high 52 runs and hitting 14 doubles and three triples to go along with 22 RBIs.
Bonser wrapped up an impressive first season on the Danforth Campus by tossing a no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Fontbonne University in the Bears’ season finale on May 1. He led the team with a 3.33 earned run average and a 6-1 record, striking out 42 batters in 51.1 innings of work and holding opponents to just a .250 average.
Bonser also garnered second-team All-UAA honors and threw six complete games and three shutouts in establishing himself as the team’s ace on the mound.
Washington University concluded the season with a 29-17 overall record, with the 46 games played representing a new single-season school record. The Bears finished the season ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Central Region Rankings.