GREENSBORO, N.C. – The American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings named senior pitcher Payton Kinney to the NCAA Division I All-America Third team.
Kinney’s honor makes him the first All-America honoree of the Division I era for the Maverick baseball program. He is also the 17th Maverick baseball player to earn All-America recognition since 1962.
The last player to earn ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors was head coach Evan Porter in 2009.
Among the field, he is one of 70 players and one of 16 starting pitchers nationally to be named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America list.
A native of Firth, Neb., Kinney capped off his Maverick career with a Summit League Regular-Season and Tournament Championship, along a berth to the program’s first NCAA Division I Regional.
As The Summit League Pitcher of the Year and Tournament MVP, Kinney finished his senior campaign with a 1.96 ERA, an 11-2 record and 111 strikeouts through 115.0 innings. He also garnered All-Summit First Team, Academic All-Summit, Summit League All-Tournament and Summit League Pitcher of the Week honors (three times) this year.