Recently graduated seniors Adam Groesbeck and Tyler Jones of Air Force baseball were named to the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Midwest Region team. Both Groesbeck and Jones earned first-team honors in the Midwest region and it was both player’s second straight season on the all-region team.
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.
Groesbeck, an outfielder, led Air Force with a .410 batting average and 91 hits. The senior from Turlock, Calif., set a school record with a .458 batting average and 60 hits in conference play. Groesbeck was one of the top table-setters in the conference, scoring 60 runs out of the leadoff spot, adding eight home runs and 42 RBIs. Groesbeck was a second-team all-Region player last season. He is also a 2017 Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness All-American.
Jones overcame a high-ankle sprain suffered earlier in the season to still lead the team with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs in just 43 games. Jones, who played primarily this season at designated hitter, led the NCAA with a 53-game reached base streak, reaching base in all 43 games in 2017. His 43 career home runs is second all-time at Air Force. His 55 hit by pitches and 195 RBIs are Air Force records. Jones was also a first-team all-region pick last season.
Air Force posted a 27-26 record in 2017. The Falcons had back-to-back seasons over .500 for the first time since 1994-95. The Falcons are on track to lead the nation with a .344 team batting average and .556 slugging percentage.