NCBWA Announces All-South Region Team; Yorvis Torrealba Named Top Player

NCBWA Announces All-South Region Team; Yorvis Torrealba Named Top Player

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The University of Tampa baseball team had four players named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-South Region team, with Yorvis Torrealba being honored as the South Region Player of the Year.

Joining Torrealba as a first-team selection are starting pitcher Keven Pimentel and relief pitcher Tyler Beck. Fellow pitcher Mason Duke was named an honorable mention selection.

Torrealba, a junior from Parkland, Fla., was also named the 2019 SSC Player of the Year and D2CCA South Region Player of the Year. The junior outfielder ranks at the top of the league in batting average (.417), slugging percentage (.697) and runs scored (55). He is also Top-5 in hits (73), stolen bases (19), on-base percentage (.502), doubles (14), and home runs (11). Against SSC pitching, he led the league batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging with a .426/.539/.689 slash line. Torrealba is the seventh Spartan to win Player of the Year honors and the first since 2010.

Pimentel, a senior from Huntington Station, N.Y., has an overall record of 10-2 as the Spartan ace. In 89.2 innings, he has registered 89 strikeouts for the Spartans with an ERA of 3.11. He has pitched 6-plus innings in 11 of his outings, recording a career-best 11 strikeouts in an SSC matchup with Rollins.

Beck, a senior from South Bend, Ind., leads UT with 10 saves. He also owns a 1.97 ERA. In 45.2 innings, he has punched out 60 opposing hitters. 

Duke, a senior from Hoover, Ala., is a perfect 9-0 on the season as the Alabama transfer also has a 2.51 ERA. 

The D2CCA awards are voted by Sports Information Directors. All first-team selections will now appear on the ballot for All-American honors.

2019 NCBWA Baseball All-South Region

South Region Player of the Year: Yorvis Torrealba, Tampa
South Region Pitcher of the Year: Dillon McCollough, Eckerd
South Region Coach of the Year: Josh Beauregard, Eckerd

First-Team
Starting Pitcher: Dillon McCollough, Sr. Eckerd, Fla.
Starting Pitcher: Keven Pimentel, Sr. Tampa, Fla. ^
Starting Pitcher: Hunter Riggins, So. Delta State, Miss.
Relief Pitcher: Tyler Beck, Sr. Tampa, Fla.
Catcher: Tyler Krabbe, Sr. Montevallo, Ala.
First Base: Blaine Crim, Sr. Mississippi College #
Second Base: Jake Barlow, So. Delta State, Miss.
Third Base: Josh Broughton, Sr. Valdosta State, Ga.
Shortstop: Daniel Rodriguez, Jr. Spring Hill, Ala.
Outfield: Zach Howard, Sr. Embry-Riddle, Fla. ^
Outfield: Cade Marlowe, Sr. West Georgia
Outfield: Yorvis Torrealba, Jr. Tampa, Fla.
Designated Hitter: Michael Avendano, So. Shorter, Ga.
Utility Player: Chris Cabrera, Jr. Barry, Fla.

Second-Team
Starting Pitcher: Andy Marzhauser, Jr. Florida Tech
Starting Pitcher: Dalton Minton, Sr. Delta State, Miss.
Starting Pitcher: Andrew Vaccacio, Sr. West Florida
Relief Pitcher: Hugo Casilla, Sr. Barry, Fla.
Catcher: Mitch Calandra, Sr. Eckerd, Fla.
First Base: Logan Taylor, Sr. West Georgia
Second Base: Chris O'Neil, Jr. Lane, Tenn.
Third Base: Miguel Pimentel, Sr. Lee, Tenn.
Shortstop: DJ King, Sr. Valdosta State, Ga.
Outfield: Kevin Bryant, Jr. Albany State, Ga.
Outfield: Garret Hiott, Sr. Eckerd, Fla.
Outfield: Brandon Seltzer, Jr. Palm Beach Atlantic, Fla.
Designated Hitter: Kirk Sidwell, Sr. Embry-Riddle, Fla.
Utility Player: Matthew Estrada, So. West Florida

Honorable Mention
Starting Pitcher: Mason Duke, Sr. Tampa, Fla.
Starting Pitcher: Garrett Goodall, So. Embry-Riddle, Fla.
Second Base: Jowenrick Daantji, Jr. Valdosta State, Ga.
Third Base: Zach Scott, Jr. Florida Southern
Outfield: Bradon O'Connor, So. Benedict, S.C.
Outfield: Nolan Ramsey, Sr. Alabama-Huntsville
Outfield: Matt Sullivan, Sr. West Florida

^ 2018 NCBWA All-South Region Second-Team
# 2018 NCBWA All-South Region Honorable Mention