After being named a first-team all-conference selection and the Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Year in early May, Matthew Jarecki added NAIA All-America to his list of honors for his efforts during the 2017 season.
Jarecki was named a firs-team All-American on Tuesday when the NAIA released the list of 2017 All-America selections.
"We are very excited to see Matt get national recognition for his great season" said Benedictine head coach Anthony Everman. "His performance this season was one of the best in school history, and he is very deserving of his Heart Player of the Year and first-team All-America honors."
The honor for Jarecki becomes is the first NAIA All-America selection for the Raven Baseball program since 2007 when former Raven pitcher Garett Williamson was named an honorable mention All-American.
Jarecki set new single-season records in home runs (21) and runs scored (72). He finished the season with an .850 slugging, which ranked fifth in the NAIA while his home run total ranked him sixth.
He also led the team with a .420 batting average, which is good for eighth best on the single-season. He finished the season with 164 total basis to rank 10th overall in the NAIA.
The All-America honor adds to a growing list of honors for Jarecki. He is a three-time first-team All-Heart selection and earned his first Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete honors this season as well.
The Raven Baseball team finished the season with a overall record of 35-22 while finishing second in the Heart South with a record of 22-10. Benedictine went 2-2 in the Heart Postseason Championship with wins over Avila University and Grand View University to earn fourth place.