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Andrew Mazzone ranked fourth in the nation with 20 home runs.
Andrew Mazzone ranked fourth in the nation with 20 home runs.

Andrew Mazzone Adds First-Team All-America Honors from ABCA to Postseason Awards Haul

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Andrew Mazzone earned first-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association, the organization announced last night prior to the start of the NCAA Division III national championships.

Mazzone began the week earning first-team All-Region X honors from both the ABCA and on Tuesday. He then earned first-team All-America honors from on Wednesday, and one day later, captured his second first-team All-America honor of the week from the ABCA. 

Mazzone set a CMS record for home runs in a season with 20, breaking the mark that teammate Julian Sanders set last season. Prior to that, it had held by 26 years, since Tyler Laughery hit 13 in the 1997 campaign. The 20 homers ties for fourth in all of NCAA Division III heading into the final weekend. 

After playing as an undergraduate at Dickinson College, Mazzone joined the Stags as a graduate student this season and announced his presence immediately, hitting two home runs in a season-opening series with Chicago, and then hitting four home runs in a four-game series sweep at Southwestern. 

When the SCIAC season kicked in, Mazzone continued to have a huge impact, hitting three home runs in a game against Redlands, and adding a two-homer game in a 7-6 win over eventual SCIAC Champion La Verne. He hit his 20th home run in the NCAA Regionals against Centenary (and had another potential homer pulled back over the wall by a catch from Concordia's center fielder).

In addition to his power, Mazzone also had a .404 batting average, and walked 33 times, giving him a .509 on-base percentage to lead the team. 

CMS set a program record with 32 wins (32-15) and earned its first NCAA bid since 1996 before advancing to the regional finals at East Texas Baptist.