Junior Brandon Rogalski Tabbed as D3Baseball.com First-Team All-American
St. Louis, Mo., May 25, 2011 – The accolades continue to pour in for Washington University in St. Louis junior outfielder Brandon Rogalski, who was named a D3Baseball.com First-Team All-American, it was announced Wednesday by the website.
Already tabbed as a first-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) and Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Central Region selection, Rogalski is just the fourth All-American in program history and only the third to capture first-team honors. He is the first to be named a first-team All-American in 28 years; Marc Gluckman last garnered the distinction in 1983.
“Brandon is a five-tool player whose combination of speed and power is extremely rare at the Division III level,” head coach Steve Duncan said. “He was the anchor of our offense this year, providing one big hit after another, and was tremendously consistent throughout the year. I believe he can be even better – this was the first season he dedicated himself exclusively to baseball – and I expect him to continue to improve.”
Additionally Rogalski was one of two players from the UAA to land on the D3Baseball first-team, as he shared the honor with Case Western Reserve University senior third baseman Chad Mullins, who was named the National Player of the Year.
Rogalski turned in one of the finest offensive seasons in the nation in 2011 and broke a number of Washington University school records along the way. He set new WUSTL single-season records for hits (74) and RBIs (60) while batting .438 and slugging .722.
He ranks eighth in Division III in RBIs, 11th in total bases (122) and doubles (20), 12th in hits, 21st in batting average, 25th in stolen bases (25) and 39th in runs scored (49), also tallying six home runs and five triples.
Rogalski posted separate hitting streaks of 12 and 15 games during the season, with the 15-game stretch closing out the year. Over the final six games of the season he hit .583 with 17 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
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.