Baseball - Mon, Jun. 4, 2012
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Iowa Wesleyan College senior Michael Mendoza
(San Gabriel, Calif.
) has been named an NAIA Second Team Baseball All-American for the 2012 season, as the NAIA announced its All-American teams Monday.
Mendoza is the fifth NAIA baseball All-American in IWC history and the first Tiger baseball player ever to receive All-America recognition as high as the second team. Previous All-Americans Todd Huckabone (1994), Tom Peterson (2006), Frany Cruz (2009) and Edder Morales (2010) all were named to honorable mention teams.
Mendoza capped a two-year career with the Tigers by being named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, batting .335 this season with eight home runs and 45 runs batted in. He led the MCC in four categories, pacing the league in doubles (21), home runs, runs scored (47) and total bases (108). He also was second in the conference in both RBIs and slugging percentage (.593) and tied for fifth in hits (61).
Mendoza this season set a new IWC single season record for doubles in a season. He also ends his two-year career as the school's career leader in doubles, and this year helped the Tigers reach the finals of the MCC Tournament.
In his two years at Wesleyan Mendoza batted .343 with 130 hits, ten home runs and 81 RBIs. He also scored 79 runs and posted a .541 slugging percentage and a .399 on base percentage, and was a two-time First Team All-MCC selection.
Mendoza was one of three Midwest Collegiate Conference performers to receive national All-America honors. Grand View University outfielder Brady Wathen and Mount Mercy University pitcher Abraham Carrasco joined Mendoza on the teams and both were named honorable mention selections.Complete NAIA Baseball All-American Teams