Release courtesy of Penn State Harrisburg
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Ahead of the upcoming 2020 campaign, Penn State Harrisburg's Bret Williams has been named a Preseason First-Team All-American by D3baseball.com.
Each year, the organization selects its preseason all-America team from the previous spring's all-America and all-region honorees. Williams is the first Penn State Harrisburg player to earn preseason all-America recognition.
Williams put together one of the most impressive seasons in program history a year ago. Following a junior campaign that saw him clinch NCAA Division III Statistical Championships in the categories of hits (88), runs (75) and total bases (161), he was named a First-Team All-American by both ABCA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com. The Mount Carmel, Pa. native was named the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Player of the Year and First-Team All-Region by the ABCA and Rawlings to go along with a D3baseball.com First-Team All-Region honor. The outfielder was named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year thanks to slashing .431/.514/.789 with an OPS of 1.303, winning the league's batting title and ranking second in the nation in home runs (18) and RBI (70). He added 36 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, 32 walks, and seven stolen bases. Williams was named CAC First-Team All-Conference for the second year in a row after picking up D3baseball.com National Team of the Week and CAC Player of the Week honors earlier in the year.
The Lions open the 2020 season at Randolph-Macon on Friday afternoon, Feb. 21.