St. Louis, Mo., May 26, 2016 — Following a regular season where he led NCAA Division III in RBIs, junior second baseman Ben Browdy has been named to the 2016 D3baseball.com All-America Third Team, as announced Thursday by the website.
Browdy is just the sixth individual in WashU baseball history to earn All-America honors, including the first infielder.
"Ben is most certainly deserving of this honor, as his numbers speak for themselves," said first-year head coach Pat Bloom. ""He had one of the finest offensive seasons in the history of our program, and I am proud to say that one of our hardest workers has developed into one of our best players."
Browdy, the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Co-Player of the Year, started all 51 games and batted .352 with 18 doubles, three triples, five homeruns and tied for the NCAA Division III lead with 79 RBIs. He also led the UAA in home runs, doubles, RBIs and total bases (114). Browdy drove in a run in 33 of 51 games played, including 25 games with two or more RBIs.
He was named to the D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings all-Central Region Second Team, and also picked up first-team all-UAA honors. Browdy went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high eight RBIs in a 15-5 win over Iowa Wesleyan College April 10. He hit .316 with two doubles and eight RBIs in the four-game Central Regional a week ago.
Browdy ended the season on a 19-game hitting streak, and was a two-time UAA Hitter of the Week selection.
WashU finished the 2016 season with a 33-18 overall record, one-win shy of the single-season school record, and were the 2016 UAA champions. The Bears also made their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and won two postseason games for the first time in school history.