Four members of the Lubbock Christian University baseball team were recognized as All-South Central Region selections by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) Wednesday, as Ricky Contreras (pitcher) and Brandon Rix (third base) received First Team honors, and Jaime Bustamante (shortstop) and Ryan Rogers (designated hitter) claimed Second Team honors.
Contreras, a sophomore pitcher, is 10-2 on the season with a 2.67 ERA. He has made 16 starts (co-leads nationally), with seven going the distance to move into the top-10 nationally in complete games. The Lubbock, Texas native leads the conference and ranks in the top-10 nationally in victories on the mound with 10. A Heartland Conference First Team selection and Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Contreras is a first-time NCBWA All-Region recipient.
Rix, who was named CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-Heartland Conference First Team, claims his first NCBWA All-Region honor. The third baseman from Cañon City, Colo. is hitting .325 this season with 64 hits and 32 RBI. He ranks sixth in the conference in sacrifice bunts (6).
Bustamante, LCU's primary leadoff batter, hit .342 this season with 75 hits and 36 RBI. His 75 hits ranks second in the conference. The Presidio, Texas native also ranks second in the conference in triples (6, which ranks tied for 11th nationally), fourth in runs (51) and fifth in total bases with 110. This is Bustamante's first NCBWA All-Region accolade. He claimed Heartland Conference All-Conference and All-Defensive Team honors with a .937 fielding percentage.
Rogers claims his first NCBA All-Region award. The junior from Littlefield, Texas claimed All-Conference honors with a .357 hitting mark on the season. He led the team with 17 doubles (third in the conference) and 46 RBI (fifth in conference).
The honor marks gives LCU 11 recipients of All-Region honors by the NCBWA (all-time) and the matches the most LCU has received in a single-season since four received the honor in 2014.