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Texas Lutheran's Cullen Motsinger wins university's third Gold Glove

Texas Lutheran's Cullen Motsinger wins university's third Gold Glove

SEGUIN, Texas – Texas Lutheran redshirt sophomore Cullen Motsinger (Houston/Cypress Ranch) claimed the university's third Gold Glove award when he was named Wednesday to the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove Team for NCAA Division III.

Motsinger was recognized as the Gold Glove center fielder.

Motsinger joins his teammate, redshirt junior catcher Spencer Brandt (Yoakum/Yoakum), and former Bulldog third baseman Jennings Boothe (Cuero/Cuero) as Gold Glove winners for TLU.

Brandt won his award as a redshirt sophomore in 2018. Boothe was a senior when he claimed his Gold Glove in 2013.

Motsinger played and started 44 games for TLU in 2019, his first year as an every day player in the Bulldogs' lineup.

In center field, Motsinger had 124 defensive chances and did not make an error all year. He recorded 121 put-outs and three outfield assists.

Motsinger was a All-SCAC Second Team selection in 2019 and helped the Bulldogs to a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Co-Championship and to a runner-up finish in the SCAC Baseball Championship.

The Bulldogs went 31-14 overall and 14-4 in the SCAC.

TLU received an at-large berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships and hosted an NCAA regional tournament for the first time in school history.

Motsinger hit .327 with eight doubles, four triples and a home run. He drove in 31 (second-most on the team) and stole six bases. His on-base percentage of .452 was third-best on the squad.

Motsinger tied for second on the team in total hits (55), and he was third in runs scored.

An Academic Honor Roll member in the SCAC for a second straight season, Motsinger also collected the inaugural Elite 19 Award for baseball from the SCAC. He holds a cumulative grade point average of 3.788. Motsinger is an accounting major, and he is pursuing his bachelor's degree and master's degree in accountancy.

The SCAC Elite 19 is awarded to the student-athlete who has at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA, at least 60 credit hours and earns All-SCAC honors for that particular season. A student-athlete is honored annually from each of the league's 19 conference-sponsored sports and is recognized at the site at that year's conference championship event.

Motsinger was a letterman and travel squad member on TLU's 2018 national runner-up team at the NCAA Division III College World Series.

The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are selected by ABCA coaches committees at each level: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and High School.

The ABCA/Rawlings Award Program is one of the most comprehensive in all of sports, awarding All-America Teams and Gold Glove Teams in nine divisions of amateur baseball as well as All-Region Teams in five divisions.

The ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams date back to 1949 starting with one collegiate All-America Team. Other divisions subsequently added until the current total of nine was reached. The first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were recognized in 2007, making this the 13th year the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards have been presented in the collegiate and high school ranks.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 2-5, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

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2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Adley Rutschman Jr. Oregon State OR
1B Gabe Matthews Jr. Oregon OR
2B Salo Iza Jr. New Orleans LA
3B Carson Maxwell Sr. McNeese State LA
SS Cam Shepherd Jr. Georgia GA
OF Zach Weatherford Sr. Wright State OH
OF Josh Litchfield Sr. Charleston Southern SC
OF Zach Watson Jr. LSU LA
P Steve Theetge Sr. Bryant RI
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Garrett Wolforth Sr. Nova Southeastern FL
1B Logan Taylor Sr. West Georgia GA
2B Chase Hamilton So. Colorado Mesa CO
3B Ryan Nickel So. Augustana SD
SS Nick Shumski Jr. Merrimack MA
OF Derek Schwimer Jr. Palm Beach Atlantic FL
OF Chris Scott Sr. Univ. of Mary ND
OF Josh Aviles Sr. American International MA
P Ryan Murphy So. Le Moyne NY
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C A.J. Hunt Sr. Birmingham-Southern AL
1B Tyler Wise Sr. Birmingham-Southern AL
2B Danny Strohm Sr. Webster MO
3B Ryan Motter Sr. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps CA
SS Joey Zwak Jr. St. Scholastica MN
OF Davis Purviance Sr. Aurora IL
OF Cullen Motsinger So. Texas Lutheran TX
OF Jared Cantu So. North Park IL
P Jake Binder Sr. Ithaca NY
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Willie Estrada Sr. Southeastern FL
1B Peter Crocitto Sr. Keiser FL
2B Brandt Miller Sr. Mount Vernon Nazarene OH
3B Tyler Wagner Sr. Georgetown KY
SS Aaron Krupansky Sr. Cornerstone MI
LF Jay Denman Jr. Lourdes OH
CF Bryce Morison Sr. Westmont CA
RF Travis Schoonover Jr. St. Francis IL
P Cole Connolly Jr. Texas A&M-Texarkana TX
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Div. I Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Lane Powell So. Coastal Alabama-North AL
1B Ronald Sweeny So. Iowa Western IA
2B Mikey Madej So. Northwest Florida State FL
3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand Fr. Yavapai AZ
SS Raphy Almazara Fr. Miami Dade FL
OF Brenton Phillips So. Andrew GA
OF Jackson Tate So. Lawson State AL
OF Cameron Crawford So. Baton Rouge LA
P Jerry Dale Bowman Fr. Wallace State AL
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Div. II Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Austin Kirkpatrick So. LSU Eunice LA
1B Lukas Coker Fr. Kalamazoo Valley MI
2B Cole Greer So. Lincoln Land IL
3B Brian Chesanek So. Southeastern NC
SS Jacob Hanoian So. Henry Ford MI
OF Tristan Peters Fr. Chandler-Gilbert AZ
OF Brandon DeWitt Fr. Sinclair OH
OF River Town Fr. LSU Eunice LA
P AJ Peter So. Sinclair OH
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Div. III Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Aaron Shoemaker So. Finger Lakes NY
1B Ryan Ratliff So. Cedar Valley TX
2B Ethan Danley So. Surry NC
3B Kyle Lauria So. Ocean County NJ
SS Bryan Javier So. Milwaukee Area Tech WI
OF Billy Rogers So. Cedar Valley TX
OF Kyler Bumstead So. Coastal Bend TX
OF Trey Newland Fr. Prince George's MD
P Casey Ison Fr. Lorain County OH
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Ethan Payne So. Santa Rosa CA
1B Vince Lontz So. Los Medanos CA
2B Luke O'Brien So. Ohlone CA
3B Nic Sokol So. Edmonds WA
SS Taishi Nakawake So. El Camino CA
OF TJ Foreman So. Ventura CA
OF Cameron Hoff So. City College of San Francisco CA
OF Jacob Berg Fr. College of Marin CA
P Eric Chavarria So. Cypress CA
 
2019 ABCA/Rawlings High School Gold Glove Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Silas Ardoin Sr. Sam Houston LA
1B Peyton Williams Sr. Johnston IA
IF Mason Land Sr. Tate FL
IF Robert Moore Jr. Shawnee Mission East KS
IF Glenallen Hill Jr. Sr. Santa Cruz CA
OF Jerrion Ealy Sr. Jackson Prep MS
OF Jasiah Dixon Sr. Orange Lutheran CA
OF Marcus Smith Sr. Pembroke Hill MO
P Landon Sims Sr. South Forsyth GA