The second of the postseason All-America teams were announced Friday by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association with reliever J.T. Hintzen earning first-team honors and designated hitter Hayden Marze and pitcher/outfielder Logan Browning garnering second-team recognition. In addition, the American Baseball Coaches Association released its All-South Region Team with Hintzen and Browning selected to the first-team and Marze voted to the second team.
Hintzen is a remarkable 13-0 this season following a complete game three-hitter on Tuesday against Tampa in game two of the NCAA South Region Tournament. It was his first collegiate start. On the season, he has 12 wins out of the bullpen and a 2.07 ERA. He is second on the Moccasins with 100 strikeouts and has walked just 13 batters in 82.2 innings. On Wednesday, Hintzen was selected to the second-team All-America squad by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Marze, playing just his first season as a full-time hitter, needs just one more homer to tie the school record of 20 homers set by Jhalan Jackson in 2015. He is hitting .333 on the year with 63 RBI and a .714 slugging percentage to go with his .452 on-base mark. Earlier this week, Marze was named to the All-American second-team by the NCBWA.
Browning repeats as a D2 CCA All-America honoree, being a first-team member last season, and was earlier this week named an NCBWA first-team All-American. This year he earns the honor as a utility player, splitting time between the mound and right field for the Moccasins. The Lakeland native picked up a save in the NCAA South Region championship game and is 9-2 on the hill with a 3.11 ERA. He has 105 strikeouts this season and is just the seventh Moccasin pitcher to record back-to-back seasons with 100 or more strikeouts. At the plate, he is hitting an outstanding .442 average with a .527 on-base percentage.
The Moccasins begin their quest for a 10th NCAA Division II National Championship when Florida Southern opens play Saturday at 7 p.m. against Southern Indiana in the National Tournament in Cary, NC (Click here for live video and live stats)