Kyle Mathews (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) and Joe Hall (Gladys, Va./Rustburg) earned spots on the two official All-South Region Teams, which were announced today. Mathews earned First Team honors in both official lists, while Hall landed on a First Team and a Second Team.
Both men were named to the All-South Region First Team in the ABCA/Rawlings list, which is voted on by the members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. And in the D3baseball.com listings, which are voted on by media members and sports information professionals, Eastern Mennonite University was the only ODAC school to have a player named to each the First Team and Second Team.
Mathews led the way as the All-South Region First Team first baseman in both of the two official lists. The senior had an outstanding finish to his career as a four-year starter for EMU, hitting .405 with six homeruns, scoring 35 runs while driving in 34. He hit safely in 37 of 39 games, including a 24-game hitting streak to end the season. The six homeruns all came in a massive seven-game spell that included back-to-back two-homer outings. Mathews finished second in the ODAC with his batting average as well as a .673 slugging percentage. He was top nine in the league in homeruns, doubles, triples, hits, total bases and on-base percentage, while adding a .990 fielding percentage in 199 total chances.
Hall took an outfielder spot on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team and on the D3baseball.com Second Team. He is 11th in the nation with a .447 batting average and figures to win the second ODAC Batting Title of his career, after also leading the league with a .423 clip in 2015. Like Mathews, Hall had offensive career highs across the board, including breaking the EMU record with 25 stolen bases. His 71 hits led the nation during the regular season and were one shy of the program record. The speedy senior scored 40 runs with 32 RBIs, and had 15 extra-base hits, including the first three homers of his career. He led the ODAC in batting average, on-base percentage and steals, and is top six in hits, triples, total bases and slugging percentage. Hall also proved to be the toughest batter in the country to strike out, whiffing just twice in 159 at-bats.
Both men are now eligible for the All-America teams, which should be announced on Thursday.
Eastern Mennonite finished the 2017 season with a record of 19-20, the second-most wins for the Royals since 2002.