Paul Giacomazz of Rhodes wins his second straight ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove

Paul Giacomazz of Rhodes wins his second straight ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove

Courtesy of Rhodes Athletics

Memphis, Tenn. (June 27, 2018) – Rhodes baseball rising junior student-athlete Paul Giacomazzi has been named a 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Gold Glove winner as announced Wednesday evening.

This is the 12th year the Gold Glove Team has been honored. Giacomazzi is the youngest among NCAA Division III recipients to receive the award two years in a row. Brandon Isaac, the first baseman from Concordia-Chicago won the elite defensive award his junior and senior seasons. Eric Hamilton, a third baseman from Oswego State, is the only other player to win the award more than once.

Giacomazzi, a center fielder, was named to the Central Regional All-Tournament team after earning 11 hits for a .550 batting average, which included a 1.000 fielding percentage with 16 putouts.

On the year, he earned third-team All-South Region, first team All-SAA accolades and was also named to the SAA All-Tournament team. Giacomazzi finished the 2018 season with one recorded error on 123 putouts. At the plate, batting first in the lineup for the majority of the season, the sophomore led the Lynx with a .371 batting average and 69 hits.

Rhodes baseball went 32-16, ending their season in the Central Regional Championship game. The Lynx tied a program record with 15 conference wins (15-6) after advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in the last five years.  

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