Higgins earns ABCA All-Region First Team honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Although not in the traditional order, Matt Higgin completed an awards tier sweep for college baseball.

On Wednesday, the Bellarmine University senior outfielder was announced as a first-team All-Midwest selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings.

With the latest recognition, Higgins has achieved accolades at the conference, regional and national level. In addition to the ABCA/Rawlings regional nod, the Louisville native was an ASUN All-Conference First-Team selection and had already received the most prestigious award after earning the Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America Applause. Newspaper.

Higgins was also ASUN Player of the Year. It was a first for the program at the Division I level, as was its All-America honor and now its All-Region citation.

At the end of the regular season, Higgins was tied for eighth nationally in home runs (a program record 22) and was ninth in slugging percentage (.770), both leading ASUN. Additionally, at the end of the regular season, the Trinity (Ky.) High School product was tied for second in the conference in RBI (61), tied for third in doubles (20) and runs scored ( 61), tied for fifth in hits (78), ranked sixth in on-base percentage (.469) and seventh in batting average (.366), tied for ninth in steals (15) and tied for 13th row in steps (34). He didn’t make a mistake in the outfield.

This season, Higgins set all-time program records for career homers (45) and RBI (185). Additionally, he finished his stellar career ranked third all-time in hits (261) and runs scored (174), fourth in doubles (57) and sixth in batting average (.372).

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