COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the NJCAA, Rawlings announced the 2013 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners Monday.
The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® has been the standard for outstanding defensive play in the Major Leagues for over half a century. In honor of the award’s 50th Anniversary in 2007, the award expanded to the collegiate and high school levels. The collegiate and high school Rawlings Gold Glove Awards® are awarded to nine players at each of the following levels – NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, Pacific Association, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II, III, and high school.
Tyler Junior College’s Freshman First Baseman Eric Stegent (Brenham, TX) earned this coveted award with a fielding percentage of .995 in 42 games played for the Apaches during the 2013 season. Stegent becomes the fourth Apache and first TJC freshman to earn this award. Stegent joins the ranks of Former Apaches Cody Ellerbee (2012), Josh Bates (2010), and Jose Molina (2007) and also becomes the first TJC Freshman to win the Gold Glove Award®.
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