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Chemeketa alum Zach Close selected to NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Baseball honors

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- AIB senior centerfielder Zach Close (SR/Bend, Ore., Chemeketa CC) finished a brilliant two-year career at AIB with NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors. Close built on an impressive junior season with an even more impressive senior campaign. He finished 2015 ranking second in the Midwest Collegiate Conference with a .402 batting average and eight home runs while leading the MCC in hits (70), doubles (19), RBI (59) and slugging percentage (.672).  Close, a Sport and Event Major, is a two-time first team all-conference and MCC Gold Glove winner.

"This is a great honor to cap a great collegiate career for Zach,” said Head Coach Chad Harris. “He is the best centerfielder I've ever coached and he is definitely deserving of this incredible recognition by the NAIA."

In the second and final year of the AIB baseball program, the Eagles finished 25-25 overall including a conference-leading 16-8 record. As MCC Co-Champions, AIB earned the number-one seed in the final MCC baseball tournament. The squad advanced to the MCC championship game for the second consecutive year before falling to Grand View University. 

NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee selected a total of 68 athletes, including 17 first and second team members and 34 honorable mention honorees.

For a complete list of All-America selections go to http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=210123896


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