Trojans' Rogers is Tino Martinez Award semifinalist; MOC drops to 2nd in SE Region poll
By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on May 10, 2012 1:48 PM
MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College first baseman Jacob Rogers is among 55 semifinalists for the prestigious 2012 Tino Martinez Award, which recognizes the NCAA Division II national player of the year.
Rogers' selection marks the third time in the three-year history of the award that MOC has had at least one semifinalist, and is one of eight semifinalists from the Southeast Region. He joins former Trojans Carter Capps, Michael Knox and Jeremy Nowak, who were also semifinalists. Capps finished runner-up for the 2011 award, while Nowak was a finalist in 2010.
A senior from Clearwater, Fla., Rogers leads the nation with 85 runs scored and ranks sixth in the nation with 17 home runs. He ranks second in walks (56), 13th in RBI (60) and is hitting a crisp .398.
Rogers has played 30 games at first base and 14 in right field this season. He has logged a .966 fielding percentage with just one error in 245 chances.
Named the 2012 Conference Carolinas player-of-the-year, Rogers became the first player in Trojan history to hit two home runs in three consecutive games.
Mount Olive (44-8 overall) slipped to No. 2 in the final Division II Southeast Region poll of the season after a stunning series-opening loss to Newberry. South Atlantic Conference champion Tusculum (Tenn.) took over the No. 1 spot, while Armstrong Atlantic State remained third.
The six-team regional field and host site will be announced Sunday.
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