Two Wonder Boys Named All-Region

Arkansas Tech’s Landon Sullins and Jonathan Finnegan were named to the 2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division II All-South Central Region team, which was released by the NCBWA on Tuesday, May 15.

Sullins (photographed, left) was named first team all-region as a catcher, while Finnegan (photographed, right) was selected to the second team all-region honor squad as a first baseman.

A senior from Valley Springs, Sullins hit .363 with three home runs and 43 RBIs in 2012. He was named to the All-Great American Conference first team.

He had a 22-game hitting streak from March 9-April 28. It was the longest hitting streak by a Wonder Boy this season.

As of the end of the 2012 Great American Conference Tournament, Sullins led all GAC players in base hits (73) and was second in the league in runs scored (51) this season. He threw out 17 would-be base stealers in 2012, second-most in the GAC.

Sullins’ 73 hits in 2012 are tied for seventh-most in a single season in Tech baseball history.

Sullins finished his four-year Arkansas Tech career among the top seven players on Tech’s all-time career lists for base hits, runs scored, runs batted in, doubles and total bases.

Finnegan is a junior from Fort Worth, Texas. This year was his first season at Arkansas Tech after transferring from Western Texas College.

The 2012 GAC player of the year, Finnegan hit .398 with 12 home runs and 47 runs batted in this season. He was a first team All-GAC selection.

As of the end of the 2012 GAC Tournament, Finnegan led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage (.739), home runs and total bases (130).   

Finnegan became just the 11th Wonder Boy to ever hit 10 or more home runs in a season this year.

His 12 round-trippers in 2012 were the sixth-most in a single season in Tech history and his 130 total bases are fourth-most in a single season by a Wonder Boy.

Finnegan also had 20 doubles in his first season in the green and gold.

That total ranks fifth in a single season on Tech’s all-time list.

Finnegan committed just 10 errors in 401 defensive chances for a .975 fielding percentage in 2012. He also made six pitching appearances and earned five saves this season.

The Wonder Boys finished the 2012 season with a 26-27 overall record and a 13-11 mark in GAC play. Arkansas Tech advanced to the penultimate day of the GAC Tournament before falling to eventual runner-up Ouachita Baptist.

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