PEMBROKE, N.C. – Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was selected as a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America Third Team honoree Wednesday.
Praml is the 10th All-American in the history of the program and the first since Zach Goldstein was a Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Honorable Mention in 2017. Praml is the sixth to earn All-America accolades from the NCBWA, which last gave the nod to a Penmen in 2016 when it tabbed Tim Viehoff an Honorable Mention. He is the first to make one of the three NCBWA All-America Teams since Ben Criscuolo was a First Teamer in 2014
Praml, who has already received NCBWA All-East First Team, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) East All-Region First Team, D2CCA All-East First Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team honors this year, went 5-1 with 10 saves and a 0.98 ERA, while punching out 44, walking only seven and giving up just 17 hits, in 36-and-two-third innings. Praml, who had a 22-and-a-third-inning scoreless streak across 17 appearances from March 3-May 16, led the conference in appearances (25), while ranking second in saves and fourth in batting average against (.140). In SNHU's single-season record book, Praml tied for first in appearances, placed third in saves and ranked fourth in ERA.
The 40-15 Penmen, ranked as high as fourth in the NCBWA Division II Poll, captured their third straight Northeast Division title, but lost in the first round of the NE10 Championship, before winning the NCAA East II Regional, as the region's No. 2 seed. They were one of the final two teams standing in the East Region for the fourth consecutive year, but did not prevail in the NCAA East Super-Regional against the New York Institute of Technology.
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