Wolverines' Benedict and Keckler Earn All-South

Rob Benedict
Rob Benedict

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Wesley College placed a pair of players on the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region team for the second straight season.

Junior shortstop Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) earned a spot on the second team, while junior pitcher DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) was voted to the third team.

Both players earned All-Capital Athletic Conference First Team honors earlier this spring.

Benedict is seventh in Division III with 0.94 stolen bases per game and his 34 total steals rates eighth.  He also leads the conference lead in a pair of statistical categories.  He is sixth in Division III and leads the league with 34 stolen bases on the season.  In addition his CAC best stolen base total, his .394 batting average paces the circuit as well.  Benedict also rates among the conference leaders in hits (fourth, 56), assists (second, 97), and fielding double plays (second, 25), on-base percentage (third, .453).

Keckler has been just as impressive on the mound.  His 1.61 earned run average is a school record and rates third in the conference and 21st in Division III.  He has held opposing batters to a CAC low .191 batting average on a conference leading 38 hits allowed.  Keckler also ranks among the CAC best in batters struck out looking (third, 24). 

Benedict was twice named the CAC Player of the Week during the season and Keckler earned a nod as the CAC Pitcher of the Week after the season's opening games.

The Wolverines were just one of three CAC teams represented on the ABCA All-South teams.  Salisbury had three players honored, while Mary Washington added two.

Wesley now has four selections in the past two seasons, with Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and Grant Morlock earning the honor last season.