Machbitz honored by national publication
LOS ANGELES — South Dakota State University baseball player Aaron Machbitz received recognition from a national publication recently as he was named to the 2014 Division I College Baseball All-America First Team by the Jewish Sports Review.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Machbitz was selected as a first baseman to the 14-player first team. Machbitz paced the Jackrabbits in nearly every major offensive category during his senior season in 2014, leading the squad in all three triple crown categories with a .318 batting average, seven home runs and 34 runs batted in. A first-team all-Summit League selection, he also led the team with 69 hits, 13 doubles and a .475 slugging percentage, while adding a .992 fielding percentage as he saw action in all 57 games.
A three-year starter at first base, Machbitz finished his Jackrabbit career ranked second in putouts with 1,288.
South Dakota State, coached by Dave Schrage, finished the 2014 season with a 28-29 overall record. The Jackrabbits earned the top seed in the Summit League Baseball Championship for the second year in a row and will again host the 2015 league tournament.
2014 JEWISH SPORTS REVIEW DIVISION I COLLEGE BASEBALL ALL-AMERICA TEAM
1B: Aaron Machbitz, Sr., South Dakota State
2B: Zane Gurwitz, Fr., Texas
SS: Alex Bregman, So., Louisiana State
3B: Danny Rosenbaum, So., Louisville
C: Aaron Barnett, Fr., Pepperdine
OF: Justin Korenblatt, Jr., LaSalle (Pa.)
OF: Jake Thomas, Jr., Binghamton (N.Y.)
OF: Jason Goldstein, So., Illinois
LHP: Michael Fagan, Sr., Princeton
LHP: Jake Drossner, So., Maryland
LHP: Jason Richman, So., Georgia Southern
RHP: Alex Abrams, Sr., Furman (S.C.)
RHP: Scott Effross, So., Indiana
RHP: Gabe Berman, So., Western Michigan