Photo courtesy of Matt Dilyard
The College of Wooster’s Ben Gbur was one of the top all-around players in NCAA Div. III this spring, and the five-tool center fielder’s superb defensive skills resulted in American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove honors, as announced by the coaching organization on Wednesday. Even more impressively, Gbur is the only four-year college player to earn both first-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America and ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove honors this year.
Gbur sported a .994 fielding percentage with just one error in 167 chances this spring.
Offensively, the first-team ABCA All-Region, third-team D3baseball.com All-Region, and first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection broke NCAC and Wooster single-season records with 83 runs, a total tied for the sixth-most in Div. III history. He became the first player in program history with over 80 hits and over 80 runs in a single season, ranked third nationally in runs, eighth nationally in hits, and seventh nationally with 22 doubles. Gbur’s .367 average (83-for-226) was aided by a career-high 15 home runs, a total 15th nationally this spring.