BABSON PARK, Mass. – For the second straight year, Davis Mikell has been recognized by the collegiate baseball coaches of New England, as he received Third Team Division III All-New England honors as a first baseman from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), announced Tuesday by the NEIBA.
Mikell, a First Team All-NAC selection as well as NAC Tournament MVP, led the Spartans offensively during the regular season with an impressive .370 batting average and 1.037 OPS against conference foes. In 24 NAC games, Mikell collected 27 hits, including six doubles, one triple, and one home run, plus he scored 25 runs, earned 14 RBI, and drew 16 walks.
In Castleton's three victories during the conference tournament, Mikell went 8-for-13 (.615) with three doubles, a home run, five runs scored, and nine runs batted in. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games at the end of the year with one hit in each Spartan contest in the NCAA Tournament, earning a double along with two walks against nationally ranked Rowan.
For the season, Mikell batted .371 with a .522 on-base percentage and a .579 slugging percentage. He collected 52 hits, including 12 doubles, one triple, and five home runs, plus he scored 43 runs, drove in 36 runs, and drew 35 walks. In all of Division III, Mikell is 27th in walks and 28th in on-base percentage. At first base, Mikell was perfect, not making an error in 253 total chances.
Mikell is one of four NAC players on one of the All-New England teams, joining pitcher Nick Powers (First Team) and third baseman Xavier Nunez (Second Team) of New England College and outfielder Andre Eason Jr. (Second Team) of Lyndon State.
Castleton won at least 30 games for the fourth straight year, finishing 30-12 overall, including 21-3 within the conference. The Spartans were ranked eighth in the final NEIBA Division III Coaches Poll of the season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time, including the fifth straight season.