Wooster Duo Named D3baseball.com Preseason All-Americans; Scots Start Year No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball Poll

Garrett Crum
Garrett Crum
Dan Hardwood
Dan Harwood

2019 D3baseball.com Preseason All-America ReleaseCollegiate Baseball NCAA Div. III Preseason Top 40 Poll

The College of Wooster's Garrett Crum and Dan Harwood, who both ranked in the top five nationally in RBI for the 2018 season, were named to the D3baseball.com Preseason All-America Team, as announced by the popular website on Thursday afternoon. Harwood was a second-team selection while Crum was an honorable mention pick.

Harwood tore the cover off the baseball in his first season as a regular starter, and had his season culminate with second-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com. A consensus selection to the all-region first-team and a first-team all-conference honoree, Harwood finished the year with 72 RBI, one behind the Div. III national leader, while within program history, that ranked as the fifth-most in a single season and was Wooster's first 70-plus RBI season since 2009. Harwood ranked fifth nationally with 14 home runs, 12th with 59 runs, and 17th with 74 hits.

Crum earned first-team ABCA and second-team D3baseball.com all-region honors in 2018 and was elevated to the all-conference first-team. The smooth-swinging right-hander ranked fourth nationally and second within the NCAC with 69 RBI, a total tied for the seventh-most in program history. Crum tied for 17th nationally and second in the NCAC with 74 hits. He was 36th nationally with 114 total bases and was the 41st-hardest player to strike out thanks to only having 11 strikeouts in 234 plate appearances.

The D3baseball.com Preseason All-America Team is chosen from the previous year's All-American and all-region nominations.

Additionally, Wooster starts the year in pole position in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Top 40 Poll. Wooster's 285 points were four better than University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's total, while Swarthmore College, Trinity University (Texas), and Misericordia University rounded out the top five.

D3baseball.com's Preseason Top 25 Poll is expected to be released on Tuesday, Jan. 15.