KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's Mike Corin and Chris Hess both were named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America third Team, announced Saturday by the American Baseball Coaches Association, following its All-America Committee meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.
With freshman Vitaly Jangols earning a spot on Collegiate Baseball's Freshmen All-America Team, this marks the first time in Rhode Island baseball history that the Rams have three players recognized as All-Americans in the same season.
Recently drafted by the New York Yankees, Hess was named the 2017 NCBWA District I Player of the Year as well as the NEIBA Division I Player of the Year after hitting .347 (77-for-222) this season. He collected 22 doubles, three triples and eight homers while stealing 12 bases, scoring 44 runs and driving in 48. Defensively, he helped the Rams turn 21 double plays while committing just six errors on 227 total chances.
A three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference player and two-time ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region pick, Hess ended the season on a tear, hitting .500 (5-10) with three home runs and two doubles at the 2017 A-10 Championship. For his performance, he was named to the All-Championship team.
After just three full seasons with the Rams, the North Kingstown, R.I. native owns URI's career triples record (19), ranks second all-time in doubles (46) and is third in extra-base hits (82).
Corin wrapped up his collegiate career as Rhode Island's single-season leader for home runs (19) and was one homer shy of matching Rhody's career record of 30 (Mike LeBel; 2009-13). He also turned in a team-best .646 slugging percentage and tied for the team lead in RBI, with 51.
A native of North Providence, R.I., Corin finished the season with a .302 (57-189) batting average and a team-high 25 walks. He also was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region Team, the NEIBA All-New England First Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans - first recognized in 1949 - are selected by the ABCA All-America committee, which is which is chaired by Dean Ehehalt of Monmouth University. The committee also includes head coaches Mike Stone (Massachusetts), Brian O'Connor (Virginia), Butch Thompson (Auburn), Steve Jaksa (Central Michigan), Dan Heefner (Dallas Baptist), Tommy Raffo (Arkansas State) and George Horton (Oregon).
Since 1945, the ABCA has served as the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. It is made up of more than 8,200 members representing all 50 states and 25 different countries.