SNU's Matt Powell and Sam Mercado earn All-American honors

SNU's Matt Powell and Sam Mercado earn All-American honors

     (KANSAS CITY, MO.)----Southern Nazarene University baseball players, Matt Powell and Sam Mercado, each earned NAIA All-American honors.

SNU's Matt Powell became the third player in SNU history to earn First Team All-American honors.  (Photo by Sarah Privott, SNU Sports Information)

Powell, a senior catcher from La Mesa, California, was named a First Team All-American after finishing the 2009 season with a .451 average.  Powell becomes only the third player in SNU baseball history to earn First Team All-American honors, joining Ryan Andrews (2005) and Chris Hardin (2007).  Powell finished 18th in the NAIA in batting average and added 12 homers with 65 RBI’s during the year.  Matt’s 65 RBI’s was 29th best in the country in ’09.  Powell also had a .786 slugging percentage and a team high .541 on base percentage.  Powell was a First Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection and earned the SAC’s Gold Glove Award as catcher. 

Mercado, a senior outfielder from Paramount, California, earned Second Team All-American honors after breaking his own school record for highest batting average in a season with an impressive .470 average in 2009.  Mercado’s .470 average was 5th best in the nation in ’09 and his 1.6 hits per game ranked 6th best in the NAIA. Mercado also finished 9th in the country in total bases per game (3.05) and 10th in slugging percentage (.859).  Mercado had a team high 16 homers with 68 RBI’s and an on base percentage of .531.  Mercado’s 1.3 RBI’s per game average was 20th best in the country.  Sam earned First Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors this season and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2008 after setting an SNU record for RBI’s in a season with 86.

SNU finished with a final record of 37-15 and a 19-11 mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  The Crimson Storm made the program’s first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, earning a spot in the NAIA Opening Round in May 2009. 

To view the complete NAIA All-American list go to, http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052809aah.html.