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|
|C||Adley Rutschman||Jr.||Oregon State||OR|
|2B||Salo Iza||Jr.||New Orleans||LA|
|3B||Carson Maxwell||Sr.||McNeese State||LA|
|OF||Zach Weatherford||Sr.||Wright State||OH|
|OF||Josh Litchfield||Sr.||Charleston Southern||SC|
|2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II Gold Glove Team|
|C||Garrett Wolforth||Sr.||Nova Southeastern||FL|
|1B||Logan Taylor||Sr.||West Georgia||GA|
|2B||Chase Hamilton||So.||Colorado Mesa||CO|
|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|
|SS||Joey Zwak||Jr.||St. Scholastica||MN|
|OF||Cullen Motsinger||So.||Texas Lutheran||TX|
|OF||Jared Cantu||So.||North Park||IL|
|2019 ABCA/Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove Team|
|2B||Brandt Miller||Sr.||Mount Vernon Nazarene||OH|
|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|
|C||Lane Powell||So.||Coastal Alabama-North||AL|
|1B||Ronald Sweeny||So.||Iowa Western||IA|
|2B||Mikey Madej||So.||Northwest Florida State||FL|
|SS||Raphy Almazara||Fr.||Miami Dade||FL|
|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|
|C||Austin Kirkpatrick||So.||LSU Eunice||LA|
|1B||Lukas Coker||Fr.||Kalamazoo Valley||MI|
|2B||Cole Greer||So.||Lincoln Land||IL|
|SS||Jacob Hanoian||So.||Henry Ford||MI|
|OF||River Town||Fr.||LSU Eunice||LA|
|2019 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Div. III Gold Glove Team|
|C||Aaron Shoemaker||So.||Finger Lakes||NY|
|1B||Ryan Ratliff||So.||Cedar Valley||TX|
|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|
|C||Ethan Payne||So.||Santa Rosa||CA|
|1B||Vince Lontz||So.||Los Medanos||CA|
|SS||Taishi Nakawake||So.||El Camino||CA|
|OF||Cameron Hoff||So.||City College of San Francisco||CA|
|OF||Jacob Berg||Fr.||College of Marin||CA|
|2019 ABCA/Rawlings High School Gold Glove Team|
|C||Silas Ardoin||Sr.||Sam Houston||LA|
|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|