Doug Self, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations
MARSHALL, Minn. – SWOSU Baseball’s senior centerfielder Alex Bedard capped off the postseason award season on Friday with an Honorable Mention All-America nod from the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner Association (D2CCA). A total of 48 student-athletes were named to either the first, second or third team All-America squad while 16 were named honorable mention.
The D2CCA All-America and All-Region baseball teams, which are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from schools playing Division II baseball, were first established in 2007. This is the sixth year in which the program is solely sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.
Bedard becomes the third Bulldog to earn D2CCA All-America honors during the NCAA era, joining Third Team selection Alex Pimentel in 2018 and Second Team selection Michael Felton in 2010. This is his second All-America accolade after he previously earned Honorable Mention from the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The 2021 Great American Conference Player of the Year also recently completed the Division II media triple play by earning All-Region honors from D2CCA, NCBWA and ABCA.
As a senior, Bedard started every game in center field and hit leadoff, where he batted .396 with 65 hits – including 10 doubles, five triples and six home runs – while scoring 57 runs and recording 37 RBI. He had at least one hit in 34-of-39 games this season and once reaching base, he was one of the most feared baserunners in the country. Bedard finished his senior season 31-for-34 on stolen base attempts to rank second in NCAA Division II for stolen bases with a total that also represents a new single-season school record.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities. The online nomination and voting processes are provided by Presto Sports.