Release courtesy of the GVSU Athletic Media Relations Department
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Two Grand Valley State baseball players were honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association recently as junior Brad Zambron (Waterford, Mich./Brother Rice) was named a Rawlings/ABCA Second Team All-American and senior Jared Cowan (Davison, Mich.) was awarded as a Third Team All-American.
The two honors doubles the total Lakers that have made the ABCA All-American teams in the history of the award. Last year, Cody Grice was a second team honoree and in 2009, Kyle Gendron was a third team member.
Zambron went 1-1 this season with a 0.52 ERA and 16 saves, a new GVSU and GLIAC single-season record. Zambron appeared in a GVSU record 30 games, struck out 22 batters in 34.2 innings pitched and yielded only three walks with a .215 batting average against. Zambron's 0.52 ERA is the lowest ERA in school history by pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched and his 0.78 walks per nine innings is the third-best mark. Zambron was part of a school-record four shutouts this year and has been named First Team All-Midwest Region by Daktronics, ABCA and the NCBWA. Zambron was also honored as a Third Team All-American by Daktronics and Second Team All-American by the NCBWA recently.
Cowan hit .363 this season with 58 hits, 29 RBI, a .488 slugging percentage and was great defensively, throwing out 58.8-percent of potential base stealers (10-of-17). Cowan had 18 multi-hit games, including a four-hit performance against Ohio Dominican (5/5) and had a 13-game reached base streak. Cowan was named All-GLIAC First Team and to the All-Midwest Region First Teams by the ABCA, NCBWA and Daktronics.
The Lakers finished the 2012 season with a 43-16 overall record, including capturing both the GLIAC regular season and tournament championships and making their 11th straight appearance in the NCAA Division II regional tournament.