MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Junior catcher Bruce Maxwell has been named the 2012 National Player of the Year by D3baseball.com, the organization announced today.
Junior pitcher Blake Yance was also named to the D3baseball.com All-America Honorable Mention Team.
Maxwell adds the top honor to his growing list of accolades after being named D3baseball.com South Region Player of the Year last week and SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year at the end of the regular season.
Maxwell, who last week earned D3baseball.com First-Team All-South honors, helped guide the Panthers to their first-ever SCAC baseball championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Central Regional.
In being selected the D3baseball.com Player of the Year, Maxwell also earned D3baseball.com First-Team All-America honors.
The junior from Toney, Ala., led the SCAC with a .471 batting average (7th-best in SCAC single-season) and also led the league in homeruns (15), doubles (25), runs scored (56), total bases (142), slugging percentage (.928), on-base percentage (.619) and walks (59 - new SCAC single-season record). He was fourth in runs batted in (48) and second in hits (72).
In addition to being named a national, regional, and conference player of the year, Maxwell was also named All-SCAC First Team as well as SCAC All-Tournament. He was also named the SCAC Hitter of the Week twice during the regular season and National Hitter of the Week once.
Maxwell becomes just the second Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) baseball student-athlete to earn national player of the year honors in the league's history, which dates back to 1962. He joins Southwestern University's Matt Gelotti, who earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III Player of the Year honors in 2000.