Worcester, Mass. – For the first time in program history, Clark University baseball has an All-American. Star infielder Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) earned All-America selections from both the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3Baseball it was announced on Thursday.
He was named Third-Team All-America by the ABCA and Honorable Mention All-America by D3Baseball.
The honors for Bonicki are more feathers in a quickly-filling cap that has seen him ascend to one of the best players in the country.
"It's a tremendous honor for Kyle and our program," said Clark University head coach J.P. Pyne. "I'm very proud of him and I can't imagine a better young man to represent Clark University baseball."
Earlier in the week he was named New England Player of the Year by D3Baseball and First-Team All-New England by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as well as being named an All-Worcester First-Team All-Star.
It has been a whirlwind 12 month stretch for Bonicki which began last season with his record-breaking junior campaign in which he set school records in batting average, runs scored, stolen bases, on-base percentage, hits and total bases. He scooped up first-team all-conference honors, second-team all-region accolades and was named the 2016 Clark University Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Following the season he went on to star in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), setting a league records for hits in a season (75) while being named an FCBL All-Star and finishing the season second in batting average (.403) and third in on-base percentage (.472).
2017 proved to just as productive for the sure-handed shortstop as he helped the Cougars to their first postseason appearance since 2010 and they set a school record for wins in a season (26).
He earned national recognition on the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week in mid-April after batting .714 and slugging .814 in a 3-1 week during the season and at one point late in the year was leading the nation in doubles (20).
Bonicki finished the year ranked in the top ten in the NEWMAC in several statistical, including batting average (.391) runs scored (50), hits (61), doubles (20), triples (7), stolen bases (12), on-base percentage (.462) and slugging percentage (.686).
He had at least one hit in 33 of the 39 games this season, recorded 20 multi-hit games and had four separate hitting streaks of seven games or more.
In addition to those eye-popping numbers, Bonicki set single season school records in doubles (20), runs scored (50), at-bats (156) and total bases (107).
Regional & National Awards:
- 2017 ABCA Third-Team All-America.
- 2017 D3Baseball Honorable Mention All-America.
- 2017 D3 Baseball New England Player of the Year.
- 2017 D3 Baseball First-Team All-New England.
- 2017 ABCA First-Team All-New England.
- 2017 Worcester Area First-Team.
- 2016 ABCA Second-Team All-New England.
- 2017 NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference.
- 2016 NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference.
- NEWMAC Player of the Week (February 27, 2017).
- NEWMAC Player of the Week (March 9, 2015).
Summer League Accolades (2016):
- Futures Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game participant.
- FCBL record for hits in a season (75).
- Second in the FCBL in batting average (.403).
- Third in on-base percentage (.472).
Single Season School Records:
- Batting Average in a season (.466).
- Runs scored in a season (50).
- At-bats in a season (156).
- Games played in a season (39).
- Stolen bases in a season (21).
- On-base percentage in a season (.549).
- Hits in a season (68).
- Total bases in a season (107).
- Doubles in a season (20).
Career School Records:
- Highest batting average (.402).
- Highest on-base percentage (.482).
- Hits in a career (165).
- Doubles in a career (34).
- Assists in a career (340).
- 2016 Clark University Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
- 2017 Merit Award (Given to the senior student-athlete who has made a significant impact on their sport).
- 2017 cum laude Clark University graduate (Business Management).