Contributions courtesy of Denison & Wooster Athletics
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The 2019 D3baseball.com Preseason All-America teams were released on Friday, Jan. 11, and Wooster’s Dan Harwood and Garrett Crum, along with Denison’s Mikey Rivera represented the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) in the release. Harwood and Rivera were pegged to the second-team while Crum was tabbed honorable mention.
Wooster’s Harwood tore the cover off the baseball in his first season as a regular starter, and had his season culminate with second-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com. A consensus selection to the all-region first-team and a first-team all-conference honoree, Harwood finished the year with 72 RBI, one behind the Div. III national leader, while within program history, that ranked as the fifth-most in a single season and was Wooster's first 70-plus RBI season since 2009. Harwood ranked fifth nationally with 14 home runs, 12th with 59 runs, and 17th with 74 hits.
Denison’s Rivera earned All-Midwest Region second-team honors from D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings following a breakout season in 2018. While anchoring the Big Red bullpen as a junior, Rivera led the team with 28 appearances and finished with a 3-1 record with a team-best eight saves. He posted a 2.13 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched and struck out 67 batters. His 9.52 K/9IP was a career-high. The Chicago, Ill. native shattered the program's single-season record for appearances and tied the Denison record for saves in a season (8). His 2.13 ERA also broke the DU single-season mark by pitchers with a minimum of 50 innings pitched.
Crum earned first-team ABCA and second-team D3baseball.com all-region honors in 2018 for the Fighting Scots and was elevated to the all-conference first-team. The smooth-swinging right-hander ranked fourth nationally and second within the NCAC with 69 RBI, a total tied for the seventh-most in program history. Crum tied for 17th nationally and second in the NCAC with 74 hits. He was 36th nationally with 114 total bases and was the 41st-hardest player to strike out thanks to only having 11 strikeouts in 234 plate appearances.