UAM’s Agredano named Willingham semifinalist

OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas-Monticello second baseman Ben Agredano has been named a semifinalist for the Josh Willingham Award, honoring NCAA Division II’s most valuable player.

Agredano, a senior from Anaheim, Calif., led the Boll Weevils to their winningest season in school history (36-17) and first-ever trip to the NCAA regional tournament.

Agredano broke UAM’s single season record with 81 hits and posted a team-high .384 batting average. He also led the Weevils with 16 doubles, 50 RBIs, a .444 on-base percentage, .536 slugging percentage and 113 total bases. He led the Great American Conference in hits and ranked second in the league in batting average.

Among his other honors this year are 2013-14 UAM Male Athlete of the Year, first-team All-GAC, second-team Daktronics and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Region.

The Josh Willingham Award is named after the Minnesota Twins outfielder who was named All-American twice at North Alabama. Willingham also tied or broke 14 school records and was selected by the Florida (now Miami) Marlins in the MLB draft. Willingham is in his 11th major-league season.

The award winner will be selected during this week’s Division II College World Series.