Parts of this release are courtesy of Wheaton and Babson Sports Information.
WESTFORD, Mass. - This week the ABCA and D3baseball.com announced their annual All-America honors. Wheaton's Nick Raposo was named to both ACBA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com Second Team All-America while Babson's Ryan Arena earned D3baseball.com Third Team All-America honors.
Nick Raposo, Wheaton
Raposo becomes just the 14th player in Wheaton baseball history to earn All-American honors, and the second to earn a spot on the D3baseball.com second-team.
Raposo ended the season ranked 10th in the nation in doubles with 18 while ranking 12th in doubles per game (0.5), 36th in hits (61), 47th in total bases (94), and 50th in batting average (.424). Raposo's batting average moved him into the Wheaton record book, ranking him fifth in single-season batting average, while his 18 doubles tie him for fourth in most in a single season.
The all-region honor is the second of the season for the catcher, who was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First-Team, while also being named the New England Position Player of the Year. Raposo also earned a spot on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference First-Team.
Ryan Arena, Babson
Arena is just the second player in program history to earn All-America accolades and the first since the late Dave Ahern '11 was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) third team following his senior campaign in 2011.
One of the top offensive players in the country, Arena batted a career-best .366 and set new career highs in hits (70), runs (54), doubles (15), runs batted in (48), total bases (118) and on-base percentage (.423) while blasting 11 home runs and finishing the year with a .618 slugging percentage. He started a school-record 47 games and set new single-season marks for at-bats (191), hits, runs and total bases in addition to ranking 18th in Division III in home runs.
The team leader with 24 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games, Arena is one of just four players to drive in at least 40 runs and score 40 times in the same season in school history. His 48 RBI this spring are the most by a Babson player since 2002 and good for the third most in program history.
A two-time D3baseball.com and ABCA first-team all-region selection and the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year, Arena batted .339 with 31 doubles, 24 home runs, 89 RBI and 93 runs scored in 111 career games. He ranks second in program history in homers and slugging percentage (.612) and 10th in doubles.