ELMHURST, Ill. -- Three Summit League baseball student-athletes were named ABCA/Rawlings All-Region it was announed this week.
Fort Wayne's Greg Kaiser earned Mideast All-Region First Team honors while Omaha's Cole Gruber and Oral Roberts' Matt Whatley were named to the Midwest All-Region Second Team.
Kaiser, a redshirt-senior shortstop, started 58 of 58 games this season, hitting .313 with 17 home runs, three triples, 20 doubles, 39 runs and 49 RBIs. Kaiser posted a .644 slugging percentage and a .372 on base percentage with 12-15 stolen bases. He led the Mastodons in home runs, doubles, RBIs, total bases (150, a season record), slugging percentage, multiple RBI games (14) and fielding assists (168). Kaiser also led the Summit League in homers, total bases and slugging percentage … and led all Division I shortstops in home runs through the regular season. He holds the IPFW career record for total bases (363), as well. He previously earned 2016 All-Summit League First Team, Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team and Summit League Academic All-League Team honors.
Gruber, The Summit League's leading hitter, started all 56 games this season and batted .376 with 13 doubles, two triples, one home run, 55 runs scored, 30 RBI, 32 walks and 43 stolen bases. He ranks third nationally for stolen bases and fourth for stolen bases per game (0.77), and he paced the Summit League for hits (83), runs and swiped bags en route to first-team All-Summit accolades. Gruber had a team-high 26 multi-hit performances and five multi-RBI games in his senior campaign, and he captured the all-time league record for career sacrifice bunts (35) and finished second for career stolen bases (105).
Whatley wrapped up his second full season in Tulsa leading the team with eight home runs, a .562 slugging percentage and 39 walks. The Claremore, Oklahoma native finished second on the team with a .363 average (73-of-201) while also driving in 41 runs on the season. Starting 49 games behind the plate, Whatley held the opposition to just 31 stolen bases. He also gunned down 14 would-be base stealers during the season. He tallied 20 multiple hit games, including three four-hit contests.
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In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.