Aggie second baseman Braden Shewmake earns District VII Player of the Year honors

COLLEGE STATION — The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced Friday Texas A&M second baseman their District VII — all schools in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana — Player of the Year.

The news came while Shewmake in the Aggies were in the midst of a 15-inning struggle with the Davidson Wildcats in game one of the Super Regional, which the Aggies ultimately took 7-6 along with game two to advance to the College World Series.

Shewmake’s reception of the honor marks the second straight season an Aggie has won NCBWA District VII Player of the Year. Along with the Wylie, Texas native, Boomer White in 2016 was the other Aggie to win the award. Shewmake was the only freshman among the 10 nominees.

The Wylie, Texas native earned Collegiate Baseball National Freshman of the Year honors along with the publication’s First Team honors. Baseball America named Shewmake All-America Second Team, Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, and All-SEC First Team.

Shewmake is hitting .335 with 47 runs and 17 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, and 68 RBI, a total that ranks 15th in the nation. Shewmake’s 89 hits are 19th in the nation, and he leads all freshman nationwide in hits and RBI.

The 19-year-old and his teammates clinched their school’s sixth College World Series bid with a Super Regional sweep of Davidson. The Louisville Cardinals await the Aggies in Omaha. Time and date will be announced Monday, and the game will be broadcast on 94.1 FM ESPN Texarkana with Dave South calling the action.