ATHENS, Ohio -- Miami outfielder Matt Honchel has been named second-team All-Midwest Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association, selection committee chairman Joe Carbone announced today. Earlier this month, he was selected to a pair of Freshman All-America teams.
The Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, Honchel posted a league-best .395 batting average with 92 hits in 233 at-bats. He currently stands 14th overall, and is the leading freshman, in the NCAA's national statistics rankings.
Honchel, a native of Harrodsburg, Ky., played in all 59 games for Miami, starting 57 of those between outfield and designated hitter positions. He hit safely in 49 contests, never going more than two consecutive games without a base-knock, and finished the year with a team-season best 16-game hitting streak. He registered multiple hits on 31 occasions, another team-best, highlighted by a trio of four-hit performances -- against Toledo twice (3/31 and 4/1) and at Kent State (5/12).
Honchel's hit total was the fourth-most in a single season at Miami, just four shy of the school record, and stands 23rd in the country. Additionally, he ranks 14th in the country in the "Toughest to Strike Out" category, fanning once every 17.9 at-bats.