Wednesday, June 1, 2016


MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team has been selected as the 2016 Natural State Baseball Team of the Year.

Additionally, Natural State Baseball has selected UAM senior outfielder Corey Wood as the 2016 Player of the Year, while sixth-year head coach John Harvey has earned coach of the year honors.

Individuals selected from the Weevils to the All-Arkansas Collegiate Team include Wood, sophomore starting pitcher Braden Chambers and sophomore relief pitcher Dawson Moser. Senior starting pitcher Zach McKnight earned a spot on the honorable mention list.

As a team, the Weevils set school records during the 2016 season for wins (40), at bats (1,907), hits (578), doubles (116), home runs (56), runs scored (423), RBI (382), walks (259) and all-conference selections (seven).

The Weevils qualified for their second NCAA Regional Tournament this year, where the team advanced all the way to the finals. UAM was 9-2 in the postseason, outscoring its opposition 110-44 in the process with a .362 team batting average.

Wood led the Weevils during the 2016 season with school records in home runs (26), RBI (90) runs scored (67), total bases (183) and slugging percentage (.847). The Fredericton, New Brunswick native also tied a school record in with 81 hits. He has earned All-America and All-Region honors by three-different outlets, unanimous All-GAC First Team honors, GAC Player of the Year honors and MVP honors for the GAC Championship Tournament and the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament.

Head Coach John Harvey reached two milestones during the 2016 season – capturing his 300th career victory in a win over East Central in mid-April and tying the all-time UAM coaching record with his 160th win in the Weevils’ 13-6 win over Minnesota State in the regional semi-finals. Harvey sports a 314-273 career record, including six years as Henderson State’s head coach prior to taking over at UAM. In the green and white, he is tied with the late Carl Preston (1988-96) for the school’s all-time wins record.

Chambers earned honorable mention All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, First-Team All-Region honors by two different organizations, First Team All-GAC honors, and was a semifinalist for the Brett Tomko D2 Pitcher of the Year award. The Fordyce, Arkansas native was just the third pitcher in UAM history to have at least 10 wins in a single season. He finished 11-1 on the mound with a 3.41 earned run average, four complete games, 71 strikeouts and an .223 opponents batting average.

Moser finished the 2016 season one save shy of tying UAM’s single-season record. The DeWitt, Arkansas native ended the year at nine saves with a 1.88 ERA. In 24 innings of work, he allowed only five runs and totaled 19 strikeouts. He was honored as an honorable mention for the NCBWA All-Region teams. He enters his junior season in 2017 tied for the career saves record at UAM with 10.

McKnight finished his four-year UAM career with a 9-3 record and a 4.03 ERA in 16 starts. The Bentonville, Arkansas native leaves UAM in second place all-time in wins with 22. He was honored as an All-GAC second team selection this year.

See the complete list of Natural State Baseball’s All-Arkansas Team and awards here:

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