Three Huskers Earn ABCA All-Region Honors

By NU Athletic Communications
Mitch Abeita was one of three Huskers to earn ABCA All-Midwest Region honors
Mitch Abeita was one of three Huskers to earn ABCA All-Midwest Region honors
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln The University of Nebraska baseball players were honored Tuesday with their selections on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Midwest All-Region Team. Catcher Mitch Abeita was a first-team all-region selection, while second baseman Jake Opitz and starting pitcher Johnny Dorn were both second-team selections.

Abeita, a 19th- round pick by the New York Yankees, in last week’s draft, hit .337 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs en route to being named a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist. The All-Big 12 selection was among the conference leaders in batting average (19th), on-base percentage (.471, third) and walks (43, fourth), while ranking second on the squad in homers, RBIs and batting average. Abeita reached safely via hit or walk in 54 of 56 games while his 10 homers were the most by a Husker catcher since All-American Jed Morrris hit 23 in 2002.

Dorn earned second-team all-region accolades after compiling a 6-2 record and a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts this season. A 15th-round choice of the Florida Marlins, Dorn ranked second in the Big 12 with 102 strikeouts and was among the top five of the conference in opponent batting average (.214, five), innings pitched (106.1, third) and ERA (fifth). A first-team All-Big 12 selection, he allowed three runs or less in 13 of his 15 starts this season and finished his career ranked second on school lists in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.

Opitz earned all-region honors for the first time in his career with his second-team selection. A 12th-round pick by the Chicago Cubs, Opitz hit .339 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs, leading the Huskers in all three triple crown categories. He also topped the Huskers in runs scored (51), multi-hit (22) and multi-RBI (16) games, while earning NCAA Lincoln Regional honors. A four-year starter at second base, Opitz finished his career on NU’s top-10 list in games played (225, seventh) and assists (569, fourth).

ABCA All-Midwest Region Team
First Team
Catcher - Mitch Abeita, Sr., Nebraska
First Base Rebel Ridling, Sr., Oklahoma State
Second Base Ryan Goins, So., Dallas Baptist
Third Base Conor Gillaspie, Jr., Wichita State
Shortstop Brandon Douglas, Jr., Northern Iowa
Outfield Brian Van Kirk, Sr., Oral Roberts
Outfield Andy Dirks, Sr., Wichita State
Outfield Roger Kieschnick, Jr., Texas Tech
Outfield Joe Scaperotta, Sr., New Mexico State
Designated Hitter Ben Carlson, So., Missouri State
Starting Pitcher Aaron Crow, Jr., Missouri
Starting Pitcher Rob Musgrave, Sr., Wichita State
Starting Pitcher Tim Clubb, So., Missouri State
Relief Pitcher Andrew Cashner, Jr., TCU

Second Team
Catcher Kevin Dubler, Jr., Illinois State
First Base Luke Anders, Jr., Texas A&M
Second Base Jake Opitz, Sr., Nebraska
Third Base Dane Carter, Sr., Texas A&M
Shortstop Jose Duran, Jr., Texas A&M
Outfield Aaron Senne, So., Missouri
Outfield Sean McNaughton, So., Brigham Young
Outfield - Evan Bigley, Jr., Dallas Baptist
Outfield Kyle Russell, Jr., Texas
Designated Hitter Jacob Priday, Sr., Missouri
Starting Pitcher Johnny Dorn, Sr., Nebraska
Starting Pitcher Aaron Shafer, Jr., Wichita State
Starting Pitcher Anthony Capra, Jr., Wichita State
Relief Pitcher Daniel Edwards, Sr., Kansas State

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