Three PBA Baseball Players Selected to NCCAA All-Region Listing
May 25, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
GREENVILLE, S.C.- With the season now complete and the offseason in full swing, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball program can look back and remember an outstanding 2011 season that saw the team once again increase its win total by ten games from the previous season. Improving from 17 wins after his first season as skipper of the Sailfish, head coach Gary Carter and his staff helped lead the Fish to a 27-win campaign in 2011. Three players were recently honored as NCCAA All-Region selections as juniors Logan Thomas and Luis Mejia were joined on the listing by freshman Jorge Chavarria.
A third-year starting pitcher who has seen first-hand the transformation on the field that the Sailfish have undergone, Thomas stepped up his game to a new level in 2011 by firmly establishing himself as the team’s ace.
A regular member of the pitching staff his previous two seasons, Thomas shook off some tough luck and at times little run support to have a very solid 2011 campaign. The Melbourne, Florida native finished with a 2-4 record in 14 starts with a 3.96 earned-run average. He led the staff in innings pitched and strikeouts with 86.1 and 65 respectively.
Joining Thomas on the All-Region for the first time was infielder Luis Mejia. A local product from Lake Worth, Florida, Mejia proved to be the team’s most valuable player as a regular contributor in the middle of the lineup while proving capable enough to play any infield position.
Playing mostly second-base and batting third, Mejia led the team in nearly every offensive category including batting average (.338), slugging percentage (.498), run scored (33), hits (68), runs batted in (32), homeruns (6), total bases (100), and games played with 53.
Chavarria completed a memorable freshman season for the Sailfish after playing his high school baseball at Harmony High School in St. Cloud, Florida. A slick fielder and excellent base-runner, Chavarria also contributed well with the bat as the team’s starting shortstop as a true freshman.
Chavarria finished with a .295 batting average while registering team-high honors in at-bats with 205 due mostly to his position near the top of the batting order for much of the season. An aggressive right-handed hitter, Chavarria would lead the team in doubles with 17 while finishing second on the squad in hits with 61. He tied Mejia in runs scored at 33 while finishing a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts.
With only two graduating seniors and a number of high-profile players set to return from injury next season, the Sailfish have high hopes for what the 2012 season could bring to West Palm Beach.