Scots’ senior standout Gbur a first-team pick after his record season

Scots’ senior standout Gbur a first-team pick after his record season

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Ben Gbur, The College of Wooster baseball team’s center fielder, capped his time with the Fighting Scots as a first-team American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American, as announced recently by the coaching organization.

Gbur, Wooster’s fourth ABCA first-team All-American outfielder, hit .367 (83-for-226) on the year and became the first player in program history to log 80 hits and 80 runs in a season. Gbur’s 83 runs broke the North Coast Athletic Conference and Wooster single-season records, and the total is currently tied for the sixth-most in NCAA Div. III single-season history.

Gbur logged the fourth-most hits in program history and broke Wooster’s single-season at-bats record with 226. The mathematics alumnus’ 83 hits were the most since Sean Karpen’s program-leading 97 in 2009, a year in which he earned second-team ABCA All-American honors. Gbur posted career highs in doubles and home runs with 22 and 15, respectively, and both totals are among the top marks in single-season program history. He logged 19 games with at least two hits and at least two runs this season.

Gbur upped his All-American candidacy with a solid post-season, during which he hit .414 (14-for-34) with 13 runs, 12 RBI and five home runs over eight NCAA games. The elite defensive player had just one error in 167 chances this season and possesses one of the top outfield arms at the Div. III level.

Of note, Tyler Chumita, a fifth-team All-American this year, and Gbur capped their careers as All-American teammates. They were first teammates as 8-year-olds on the Hilliard Panthers travel baseball team, went on to be high school teammates at Hilliard Darby High School and then logged two of the top careers in Wooster baseball history.

Gbur helped Wooster to a 35-17 record, and the Scots advanced to the NCAA Div. III Super Regionals. He is the only ABCA/Rawlings All-American from an NCAC institution.