AWARD: Bishop earns ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove

Thursday, June 21, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler senior Alex Bishop has been awarded the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove at first base after a season where he had 500 putouts, 23 assists and a .998 fielding percentage for the 2018 NCAA Division III National Champions. Bishop completed his career as the all-time UT Tyler leader with 1,137 putouts and 98 double plays turned, while his 500 putouts and 45 double plays turned in 2018 are both new single-season records.

A Calgary native, Bishop played in all 58 games for the Patriots and committed only one error all season in the field while also leading the team with 55 RBIs and nine home runs.

“Bishop was a model of consistency at first base for us,” UT Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “It was amazing to watch his development as a player over these last two years. He spent a lot of time and focused effort to make himself a great defender. It was not something that came easy to him. It’s good to see all that work pay off and for him to be recognized as the best defender in the country at his position.”

Bishop is the second player in UT Tyler baseball history to earn the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove following TJ Martin who claimed the honor at third base in 2012. Along with the Gold Glove, Bishop’s list of awards this season include American Southwest Conference All-Conference, ASC Scholar-Medal of Honor and NCAA Sauget Regional All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player after he had nine RBIs and two homers in the regional tournament.

At the plate, Bishop completed his four-year career with the Patriots as the all-time RBI leader with 145 and is second with 49 doubles, 21 home runs and 99 walks. He finished his career with 199 hits, the final one being a two-run home run in the seventh inning that gave the Patriots a 6-4 lead in the national championship final.

The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are selected by ABCA coaches committees at each level: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and High School. The Rawlings Gold Glove winners have been selected since 2007 in the collegiate and high school ranks, featuring many future Major League Baseball players.

The ABCA/Rawlings Award Program is one of the most comprehensive in all of sports, awarding All-America Teams and Gold Glove Teams in nine divisions of amateur baseball as well as All-Region Teams in five divisions. UT Tyler’s Bowie Farris and Blake Wilson were named ABCA/Rawlings All-Region selections earlier this season.

The ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams date back to 1949 starting with one collegiate All-America Team. Other divisions subsequently added until the current total of nine was reached. The first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were recognized in 2007, making this the 11th year the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards have been presented in the collegiate and high school ranks.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. It’s over 9,700 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 75th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 3-6, 2019 in Dallas.