The standout right fielder becomes the first baseball player in Wolf Pack history to earn this prestigious honor.
After logging one of the most impressive careers in Loyola University New Orleans baseball history, standout outfielder Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) added to his legacy on Wednesday by becoming the first Wolf Pack baseball player ever to earn a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team.
Slotted in at right field, Lorenzo is just one of nine individuals from across the NAIA to be named to the team and he is one of four players on the list to receive their respective program's first-ever selection in 2017.
Although historic, Wednesday's award should come as no surprise as Lorenzo left Loyola as one of the most consistent defensive presences in the history of the program. Appearing in 188 career games (178 starts), the Miami native recorded 344 putouts and 28 assists against an unbelievable four total errors. Lorenzo notched two seasons with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and he hung up his cleats having tallied an eye-popping .989 career fielding percentage.
Despite being an all-time great defensive player, Lorenzo also managed to graduate as one of the best hitters in Wolf Pack history – ranking second all-time with 126 career RBI and third with 17 home runs. He led Loyola in 14 major statistical categories in 2017 and landed inside the top 10 of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) in 13 categories. His 10 homers and 59 RBI this season were both the third most in program history while his 40 career doubles put the outfielder at No. 6 on Loyola's all-time list.
Lorenzo adds this gold glove award to his First Team All-SSAC, SSAC Gold Glove and SSAC Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team selections that he earned earlier this year.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. It's over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 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.
2017 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team
West Richland, Wash.
Webber International (Fla.)
Winter Haven, Fla.
San Francisco, Calif.
Truett McConnell (Ga.)
Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Oak Forest, Ill.