COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior first baseman Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) and junior catcher Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) were named to the NCBWA All-American Team, and that duo was joined by junior reliever Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) on the ABCA All-Midwest Region list as well.
Kaucher was named a Second Team All-American by the NCBWA and a First Team All-Midwest selection by the ABCA. Childers earned Honorable Mention All-American honors from the NCBWA and First Team All-Midwest Region accolades by the ABCA, while Wilson was a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree by the ABCA.
Kaucher had an electric year at the plate, hitting .430 in 47 games played with eight homers, 12 doubles, four triples and 66 RBIs. He also scored 54 runs, had a .514 on-base percentage, and slugged .676, while only striking out 15 times in 179 at bats, against 26 walks and eight hit by pitches.
He had 27 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games, took a 23 game hitting streak into the NCAA Tournament, and also had a stretch of reaching base safely in 36 straight games. Facing some of the best pitching in the region, he batted .440 in the NCAA Tournament (11-for-25) with a homer and seven RBIs and had a stretch of reaching base safely in 15 straight plate appearances in the tournament.
In 140 career games played, he's batting .368 with 12 homers, 33 doubles, 132 RBIs, 107 runs scored, a .445 OBP and a .525 slugging percentage.
Childers capped off an excellent career by hitting .407 this spring in 50 games played, registering 20 doubles, five triples, 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 76 runs scored. He walked 45 times and was hit by 10 pitches against just 30 strikeouts, good for a .540 OBP, and also slugged .786 while stealing seven bases.
This spring, he finished with 25 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games. Childers had a season-long 14 game hitting streak and also reached base safely in 38 straight games.
He earned four career Midwest Region Player of the Year awards, including from the D2CCA this spring, and picked up both the G-MAC and GLIAC Player of the Year honors in his career. Last spring, he was a consensus Second Team All-American and a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the best player in Division II after leading the country in batting average and slugging percentage while ranking fifth in OBP.
For his career, Childers played in 195 games, amassing a .375 lifetime batting average (259-for-691) with 52 doubles, 13 triples, 35 homers, and 170 RBIs. He scored 213 runs, drew 111 walks, stole 34 bases, had a .468 OBP and a .640 slugging percentage for the Panthers.
Wilson stepped in as ODU's full-time closer this spring after being a starter for his first two seasons in Panther Valley and delivered a 4-3 record with nine saves and a 2.52 ERA in 25 appearances. In 39.1 innings pitched, he struck out a whopping 61 hitters and walked just seven, surrendering 28 hits and holding opponents to a .192 batting average against.
He had a stretch of throwing 9.0 perfect innings in relief in March, punching out 17 of 27 hitters, and was perhaps most impressive in two of his last three outings. Being stretched out for the first time all spring, he tossed 5.2 innings and struck out 10 while allowing just two hits against Trevecca in the G-MAC Tournament, then made his first start of the year against Quincy in the NCAA Tournament and worked 5.1 innings, striking out six in an ODU victory.
For his career, Wilson has made 52 appearances (23 starts) and has a 15-10 record with 10 saves and three complete games. He has a 3.44 career ERA and has struck out 175 batters and walked just 41 in 165.0 innings pitched.
Ohio Dominican concluded its most successful season in its Division II era on Monday at the NCAA Tournament, winning four elimination games and reaching the championship round. The Panthers finished with a 36-17 record and won the G-MAC North Division with an 18-7 conference record.
Contact: Scott Miles