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Four Chaps Selected for ABCA All-Region Team and Other Recognitions

The ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams were announced for NCAA Div. II and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named Lubbock Christian University's Guillaume Blanchette (First Team), Hunter McFall(First Team), Ricky Contreras (Second Team) and Brandon Rix (Second Team) to the South Central Region Teams. Blanchette was also named the South Central Region's Pitcher of the Year.

Blanchette, a Brett Tomko Award Finalist, has already received D2CCA All-South Central Region Pitcher of the Year, NCBWA All-South Central Region First Team and Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. The Chaps senior was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week after dealing a one-hitter in a win over No. 9 Angelo State on Feb. 20. Blanchette was twice named Heartland Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 22 and April 25. Blanchette has also received Heartland Conference Gold Glove Team and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient. He is currently a D2CCA All-America and D2CCA Pitcher of the Year nominee.
 
McFall is a three-time All-Heartland Conference selection and All-Region First Team (NCBWA and D2CCA) member. He was a 2016 NCBWA Preseason All-Region selection.

LCU pitcher Ricky Contreras was named the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team member after finishing 17th nationally in earned run average at 2.11. He was named the Heartland Pitcher of the Week on March 15. Contreras was LCU's first Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year recipient in baseball.

Rix was also an All-Heartland Conference selection.

LCU has a total of 10 ABCA All-Region recipients all-time at the NCAA Div. II level. McFall is the program's first three-time recipient and was their lone honoree recognized last season. Blanchette, Contreras and Rix each claimed their first honor by the ABCA.


ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans and Gold Glove winners will be announced for NCAA Div. II on Monday, May 30, 2016.