Stevens named ABCA South Region Pitcher of the Year; four Panthers named ABCA All-Region

Blake Stevens, Jacob Mayfield, David Bourbonnais, Stephen Himic (photos by Cari Dean and Alexandra Smith)
Blake Stevens, Jacob Mayfield, David Bourbonnais, Stephen Himic (photos by Cari Dean and Alexandra Smith)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After being named D3baseball.com South Region Pitcher of the Year on Monday and then National Pitcher of the Year today, senior Blake Stevens was named South Region Pitcher of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association, it was announced today. Stevens also earned First-Team All-Region honors, while senior Jacob Mayfield was named Second-Team All-Region and senior David Bourbonnais and sophomore Stephen Himic earned Third-Team accolades.

Stevens (Atlanta, Ga.) was also a D3baseball.com First-Team All-America selection after repeating as South Region Pitcher of the Year. He also won his second straight SAA Pitcher of the Year honor. He recorded 108 strikeouts this season, ranking him second in the nation, and posted an ERA of 1.70, which was fourth in the SAA. He was selected as the BSC Male Athlete of the Year, and was also a D3baseball.com Preseason All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

Mayfield, a catcher from Gadsden, Ala., was named Second-Team All-Region by D3baseball.com on Monday and was also a D3baseball.com Preseason All-America pick. He was a First-Team All-Conference selection after leading the league and ranking 18th in the nation with 52 RBIs. Mayfield was also third in the nation with eight sacrifice flies, hitting .339 with a .994 fielding percentage. He was also named BSC Man of the Year and was the inaugural recipient of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.

Bourbonnais, a right-handed reliever from Atlanta, Ga., was also a D3baseball.com Preseason All-America selection and First-Team All-SAA. He had nine saves, ranking him seventh in the nation, with a 2.35 ERA.

Himic, a right-handed pitcher from Birmingham, Ala., was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection this year. He had a quietly successful sophomore campaign, going 6-0 with 15 appearances on the mound and a 1.13 ERA, ranking him fifth in the nation. Himic picked up a huge win in the NCAA South Regional on Saturday, sending top-seeded No. 6 Rhodes home in BSC's first game on Friday.

The Panthers went 37-12-1 this season and won their second straight Southern Athletic Association regular season title, also earning an at-large bid to the NCAA South Regional for their third postseason appearance in four years. BSC, who was ranked as high as fourth in the nation this season, advanced to the title game of the NCAA Regional, falling to Emory this past Saturday.