Baseball Trio Earns All-Region Accolades

Baseball Trio Earns All-Region Accolades

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – A trio of Penn State Harrisburg baseball players in Bret Williams, Miguel Torres and Travis Van Houten have earned All-Region honors.


Williams was named a Mid-Atlantic Region First-Teamer, while both Torres and Van Houten received second-team all-region recognition.


For Williams, it is the second first-team all-region accolade of his career after earning American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) First-Team honors last spring. The junior turned in a career year in 2019 and currently leads the nation in hits (88), runs (75) and total bases (161). The Mount Carmel, Pa. native also ranks second in the country in home runs (18) and runs batted in (70). Williams was named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year after winning the league's batting title and slashing .431/.514/.789 with an OPS of 1.303. The outfielder added 36 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, 32 walks and seven stolen bases. Williams was named CAC First-Team All-Conference for the second year in a row after picking up National Team of the Week and CAC Player of the Week honors earlier this season.


Torres capped an outstanding senior campaign with the first all-region accolade of his career. The infielder ranks second in NCAA Division III in hits (79), eighth in runs (59), 19th in total bases (116) and 32nd in runs batted in (51). The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native slashed .385/.432/.572 with an OPS of 1.004 and recorded 21 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, 10 doubles and four triples. He added 19 walks and 15 stolen bases, while racking up 117 assists and 84 put outs from his middle infield positions. Thanks to his efforts, Torres was named to the CAC All-Conference First Team earlier this month.


Van Houten's versatility was key to Penn State Harrisburg's success this season and it led to the junior's first all-region honor of his career. The Saylorsburg, Pa. native currently leads the nation in runs batted in (71) and ranks fifth in the country in total bases (132), 13th in hits (74) and 15th in home runs (12). The utility man slashed .385/.478/.688 with an OPS of 1.166 and added 29 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles and five triples. He also walked 35 times and stole four bases. He was also stout on the mound, racking up six wins, a save and 78 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched, while holding opposing hitters to a .277 batting average. For his efforts, Van Houten earned a pair of CAC First-Team All-Conference honors as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter.


Penn State Berks' Toby Welk was named the Mid-Atlantic Regional Player of the Year, while Franklin & Marshall's Jonathan Cole earned pitcher of the year honors. Wilson's Hunter Cheek was pegged the region's rookie of the year and Bob Babb from Johns Hopkins was tabbed the region's coach of the year.


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