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May 30, 2013

Seth Davis named to All-American team

Sophomore Seth Davis was named to the NCAA Division III All-American baseball team after compiling a 7-2 record with a 1.89 earned run average this season.

The awards continue to pile up for Augustana pitcher Seth Davis (Mullen HS, Aurora, Colo.). The sophomore left-hander was named this week to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America second team.

The ABCA named Davis to its All-Central Region first team last week and he was also a first team all-region pick by In addition, he was a first team All-CCIW selection this year and becomes Augustana's 11th baseball All-American and first since John Wagle in 2008. Davis was the lone CCIW representative and one of just six sophomores among the 50 players named to the ABCA's first, second and third teams.  

After earning second team All-CCIW honors as a freshman, Davis emerged as the staff ace for Coach Greg Wallace this year. He posted a 7-2 record and a 1.89 ERA in helping the Vikings to a 34-11 record, a CCIW tournament title and the program's fourth NCAA tournament appearance. He led the team in wins, ERA, starts (12), complete games (six), shutouts (two), innings pitched (90 1/3) and strikeouts (100).  

Davis was outstanding in a pair of post-season performances. He opened the CCIW tournament with a complete game four-hitter in a 4-1 win over North Park. He got the call in Augustana's NCAA opener as well and fired a three-hit complete game against Concordia-Chicago, but came up a tough-luck loser as the Vikings fell 2-0.  

The seven wins this year ties Davis for 10th place on Augustana's single season wins list and his 2013 inning total is third-highest in school history. He led the CCIW and ranked sixth in the nation in strikeouts, coming within four of John Benedetti's school-record 104 set in 2000. Davis issued just 18 walks and opponents hit only .209 against him. He already ranks eighth at Augustana in career strikeouts with 150 and will enter his junior season with the school's second-best career ERA at 2.46.