Van Cleve named Second Team All-American

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After a breakout sophomore campaign in which he led the Rangers in nearly every offensive category, Northwest Mississippi Community College sophomore first baseman Ben Van Cleve has been named an NJCAA Second Team All-American.

Van Cleve is the 16th NJCAA All-American selection in program history and first Ranger since 2014 to earn college baseball's highest honor.

The Indianola native and Ole Miss signee hit an eye-popping .593 in the month of May to lead Northwest to a 33-win season and No. 9 final ranking. He led the Rangers in average (.375), hits (60), doubles (13), home runs (14), RBIs (47), total bases (115) and slugging percentage (.719) this season.

As a freshman, Van Cleve hit .306 with eight doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

Van Cleve started all 91 games of his two-year career in Senatobia, helping the Rangers to a combined 63-28 record, back-to-back 20-win seasons in conference play and national ranking.

His resume was equally as impressive off the field, earning NJCAA All-Academic Second Team, Academic All-MACJC and President's List honors. He was also selected as the Most Outstanding Student in the business division and was a two-year Phi Theta Kappa member.

Northwest NJCAA All-Americans

2019 Ben Van Cleve, INF, Second Team

2014 Jay King, INF, Third Team

2013 Cody Reed, LHP, Third Team

2008 Taylor Walker, INF, Second Team

2007 Taylor Walker, INF, Second Team

2001 Joel Posey, P, First Team

1999 Eduardo Pena, P/OF, First Team

1998 Eduardo Pena, P/OF, Second Team

1997 Neil Haraway, INF, First Team

         Brandon Burnett, INF, Third Team

1996 Robbie Rhea, OF, First Team

         Jeremy Gross, C, Second Team

         Chris Mitchell, INF, Third Team

1995 Wash Respess, INF, Third Team

1994 Wade Brown, INF, Second Team

         Jim Kelly Miles, P, Third Team

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