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Baseball – Schnurbusch selected third-team All-American

06/03/14

Baseball – Schnurbusch selected third-team All-American

Aaron Schnurubusch celebrates a triple.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Aaron Schnurbusch, one of the best two-way players to wear a Cavaliers uniform, was selected as a third-team Division I All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. He becomes the program’s 11 All-American, the first since 2010, and the third to be honored as a pitcher.

Schnurbusch demonstrated over his career he could win a game with arm or his bat. His performance this year helped Johnson County produce a record 50 wins, win both the conference and region titles, and reach the JUCO World Series for just the second time in team history.

“Aaron is the best two-way player I’ve ever coach and possibly the best in the school’s history,” said head coach Kent Shelley. “Aaron was our go-to guy all year and a major reason we were able to return to the JUCO World Series. He was instrumental on the mound, patrolling the outfield and adding offensive punch to our line up. In addition, he provided outstanding leadership to our club, and he played the game hard. Very few players have impacted our program to the extent Aaron did, and he will be greatly missed.”

In 2014, he was nearly unstoppable on the hill. He finished the season 12-2 in 16 starts, with 102 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA. His 12 wins tied for second in the country, and he ranked tied for eighth nationally in strikeouts.

Schnurbusch also left his mark on the Johnson County record books. He set new season standards for wins (12), innings pitched (107.2) and games started (16). He also ranks second in the strikeouts (102) and tied for third in games completed (9).

On the career chart, Schnurbusch set the all-time strikeout mark with 162. He also ranks fifth in wins (16), second in innings pitched (167.1), tied for second in games started (28), and  third in games completed (13).

At the plate, Schnurbusch hit at a .365 clip (66-for-181) with 18 doubles, six triples, five home runs, 55 runs scored and 63 RBI. He tied for the team lead in doubles and RBI, ranked second in triples and third in home runs. He also led the team with 43 free passes.  On the national scene, his 63 RBI tied for 15th.

Schnurbusch’s name also prominently appears in the season and career charts for his ability at the plate. On the season charts, he is tied for eighth in doubles (18), tied for sixth in RBI (63), and fourth walks (43). On the career charts, he is tied for 14th in doubles (23), tied for sixth in triples (10) and sixth in walks (62).

Earlier this season, Schnurbusch was selected as a first-team all-conference pitcher and second-team outfielder. He also earned first-team All-Region VI at pitcher, and was voted the JCCC Male Athlete of the Year.

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