Ohio's Hit King

Ohio senior infielder Rudy Rott became the Bobcats’ all-time leader in career hits on Friday, May 24. Rott had seven hits as Ohio split a pair of games in the 2019 MAC Tournament and finished his collegiate playing career with 293 hits.

Note: This story appears in the Sunday, June 2 newspaper on Page B2.

Ohio University senior infielder Rudy Rott was named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America Third Team, according to a Collegiate Baseball announcement on Thursday, May 30.

The All-American teams were chosen via performances and statistics including up to the NCAA Tournament Regionals, and the teams were voted on by the staff of the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Rott, a sport management major from Holmen, Wisc., capped his final season with the Bobcats with the first All-American honors of his career. Rott was named a Preseason All-American before the 2019 season by Collegiate Baseball as well. Rott was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2016.

Rott and Ball State right-handed pitcher Drey Jameson were the only players from the Mid-American conference to be recognized on the Collegiate Baseball All-American teams. Rott is the first All-American for Ohio since left-handed pitcher Logan Cozart (2015, Baseball America Third-Team).

Rott finished his Ohio career as the program’s all-time hits leader (293) and with a career batting average of .339. He was named the 2019 MAC Player of the Year, and became the first player in conference history to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Rott led Ohio in batting average (.382), hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.618) and on-base percentage (.464). His .382 batting average was second in the MAC and No. 28 in the country.

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