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Rodriguez Receives Two More All-American Nods | eastern

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University senior shortstop Richie Rodriguez has been named an All-American by two more media outlets, the American Baseball Coaches Association and the website collegebaseballinsider.com.

The native of Miami, Fla. was named an ABCA/Rawlings third team All-American and a collegebaseballinsider.com honorable mention All-American.

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Richie Rodriguez

Rodriguez was one of only three Ohio Valley Conference players named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-American teams, joining Southeast Missouri third baseman Trenton Moses (second team) and SIUE relief pitcher Dustin Quattrocchi (third team). He was one of five OVC players on the collegebaseballinsider.com teams, joining Moses (second team), Quattrocchi, Tennessee Tech first baseman Zach Stephens, Austin Peay second baseman Jordan Hankins and Austin Peay third baseman Greg Bachmann (all honorable mention).

Rodriguez, a durable leadoff man, batted .377 this spring and led the Colonels in almost every major offensive category, including home runs (14), runs (59), hits (80), doubles (18), total bases (146), walks (33), slugging percentage (.689) and on-base percentage (.469). He also ranked in the top-30 in the country in slugging percentage, total bases, home runs, runs scored, runs per game (1.09) and home runs per game (0.26) and was the catalyst of an explosive EKU offense that that led the country in home runs per game (1.25) and the Ohio Valley Conference in slugging percentage (.477), home runs (66), doubles (122) and triples (21).

His spectacular season led EKU to a share of its first OVC regular season title since 2000.

Rodriguez was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and he is currently playing second base for the Class-A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones.

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