After becoming the first King’s baseball player to lead the nation in batting and slugging percentage, Monarch standout Chris Sweeney of Mountaintop has made history yet again. The senior standout received the biggest honor of his brilliant career by become the first King’s baseball player to be named a first-team NCAA Division III All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Sweeney becomes the first King’s player to receive the honor.
The team was announced May 28 at the NCAA Division III College World Series in Grand Chute, Wisconsin.
Sweeney, a graduate of Crestwood High School, wrapped up the finest career in King’s baseball history with the grandest honor of all following an epic senior year. Sweeney concluded the 2013 season ranked first nationally in NCAA Division III with a school-record .496 batting average (60-121) with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, four triples, 41 RBI, and scored 44 runs in 32 games. His school-record .942 slugging percentage was also the best in the Division III as he accumulated 114 total bases in 121 at-bats. In addition, Sweeney walked a career-high 22 times this season with eight bases-on-balls coming as intentional walks.
During the season Sweeney also amassed a school-record 22-game hitting streak and went a perfect went 11-for-11 in stolen bases. He was rewarded for his outstanding play by being named the 2013 Freedom Conference “Player of the Year”.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award as it is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Sweeney stated. “It feels great to be able to end my collegiate career on such a high note. I really have to thank my parents, teammates, coaches, and anyone else who helped me along they way. The athletic training staff at King’s also played an important role in keeping me on the field when I was hurt. I can’t be thankful enough for all the people who supported me and played a part in my career.”
Over the course of his career, Sweeney set several King’s school records, including a career-best .409 (213-521) batting average, 39 home runs, 59 doubles, 139 RBI, 163 runs scored, and a .777 slugging percentage. He graduates from King’s with four single-season school records while ranking in the top-five in five other single-season statistical categories. Sweeney also owns seven career school records while ranking in the top-five in five other career statistical areas. In all, Sweeney owns 11 school records while ranking in the top-five in 21 total statistical categories at King’s.
He wraps up his career as a four-time All-Freedom Conference selection and was a 2012 and 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association First-Team All-Region selection.