Tanis Named to ABCA/Rawlings Division I All-South Region Second Team
MACON, Ga. – Mercer sophomore Jacob Tanis was named to the 2010 ABCA/Rawlings Division I All-South Region second team as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday morning.
“It is great to see Jacob getting all these prestigious awards on a national stage after an incredible 2010 season for us,” head coach Craig Gibson said. “He has carried over his stellar play into summer league action and we look for even bigger things out of him in 2011.”
Tanis had a breakout year for the Bears, putting up numbers that littered the NCAA statistical leaders in multiple categories. Tanis finished 40th in the nation in runs scored (69), 10th in hits (104), tied for 19th in doubles (25), 12th in home runs (22), second in RBI (88), 31st in slugging percentage (.735) and third in total bases (197).
The Peachtree City, Ga. native not only made his mark on a national stage, he also rewrote the Mercer single-season record books with his play in 2010. Tanis set the school single-season record for total bases, hits and doubles, while his 22 home runs and 88 RBI both rank second in Mercer single-season history.
Tanis has now taken home four significant awards for his play in 2010 after collecting the Atlantic Sun Championship MVP, garnering an Atlantic Sun All-Conference first team selection and being named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger All-America third team.
The ABCA All-America teams are collegiate baseball's oldest selections, dating to 1949. All Division I coaches have the opportunity to nominate and vote on these selections, which are initially compiled into eight All-Region teams. These teams are then finalized as the first, second and third All-America teams by the ABCA's NCAA Division I All-America and Coach of the Year Committee, chaired by Dean Ehehalt of Monmouth University (N.J.). This year, the committee selected 64 players as 2010 ABCA All-Americans.