Kentuckians among ABCA Division II, III and NAIA All-Americans

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The American Baseball Coaches Association has released its Division I, II and NAIA All-American teams and several Kentucky players made the cut. Check out those players below. You can see the entire NAIA, Division II and Division III teams by clicking each of the links:

Division II Second Team

  • OF Jason Crisper — Northern Kentucky University

Division II Third Team

  • RHP Kevin Jordan — NKU

Division III Third Team

  • SP Paul Uhl — Thomas Moore College

NAIA First Team

  • OF Troy Frazier — Louisville, Ky. — Cumberland (Tenn.)

NAIA Second Team

  • SP Stephen Shackleford — Louisville, Ky. — SCAD

NKU wins first game of NCAA DII regional

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Northern Kentucky University rode an outstanding performance from Great Lakes Valley Conference pitcher of the year Kevin Jordan to a 2-1 win over Wayne State in its first-round game of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament. Jordan, a senior left-handed pitcher, hurled a complete game, surrendered one unearned run on six hits and struck out struck out five while walking none.

The Norse scored one run in the first inning on a RBI single from senior first baseman Evan McDole and plated its second run in the sixth on a RBI single from junior third baseman Shannon McCormick. NKU tallied just four hits in the game, though McDole was 1-1 with a RBI, run scored and a walk. The win improved Jordan to 8-3 on the season. The Norse will face No. 2 seed Grand Valley State at 8 p.m. Friday. (Box Score)

Northern Kentucky prepares for D2 tournament

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Northern Kentucky University will begin the 2010 NCAA Division II tournament Thursday as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. NKU opens with No. 4 Wayne State at 3 p.m. The Norse finished the season in first place in the East division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the league’s second best record. Outfielder Jason Crisper was named the GLVC player of the year, and reliever Kevin Jordan was named the conference pitcher of the year. NKU head coach Todd Asalon was named GLVC coach of the year. Crisper and Jordan have also been named semifinalists for the Tino Martinez Award, which goes to the top NCAA Division II player.

NKU, Bellarmine University and Kentucky Wesleyan College also had several players named to the Great Lakes Valley all conference team. I’ve listed them with position at team below:

  • First Team — 2B Jeff Bohlen (NKU), 3B Shannon McCormick (NKU), OF Jason Crisper, UT Patrick Brady (Bellarmine), SP Dave Middendorf (NKU), RP Kevin Jordan (NKU)
  • Second Team — C Brian Erie (NKU), 1B Evan McDole (NKU), 2B Luke Garmon (Kentucky Wesleyan), DH Pat Muth (NKU), SP Jarrett Casey (NKU), SP Ryan Schmidt (NKU)
  • Third Team — OF Bryan Rose (NKU), OF Jordan White (Kentucky Wesleyan), RP Cory Thomas (Bellarmine)

Small college spotlight: Northern Kentucky University

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Most of the focus of the site has been on the six Division one schools in the state, but as a recent commenter pointed out, Northern Kentucky University deserves some praise as well. The Norse are 16-6 on the season and 7-1 in their conference with a 3-0 record at home. NKU took three of four games from Bellarmine this weekend.

The Norse are the two-time defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champions, and have the fourth most active Minor League alumni of any school in the state behind UK, UofL and WKU. Senior left-handed pitcher Kevin Jordan recently was named GLVC pitcher of the week. (Read more)