KANSAS CITY, MO - The NAIA National Office announced the NAIA Baseball All-Americans on Tuesday, June 4 and included two Knights on the 2nd Team All-American squad with Trent Nash at secondbase and Zach Cornell in the outfield. Both were named to the 1st Team All-SSAC with Cornell also earning the SSAC Player of the Year honor to earn their nominations to the NAIA.
Cornell, a day after being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team, earned the honor a season after being named as an Honorable Mention and was named as a Preseason All-American for 2019. He batted .421 as a junior with 12 home runs, 61 RBI, 64 runs scored, 16 doubles, 85 hits and a .688 slugging percentage (SLG). Cornell played in all 58 games for the Knights and had a on-base percentage (OBP) of .538 for the season giving him and on-base plus slugging (OPS) of 1.226. Cornell's other awards for the season included SSAC Gold Glove with a 1.000 fielding percentage in left field (NAIA Gold Glove to be announced on June 19), Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, SSAC All-Academic, and selected as his team's Champions of Character award winner. He was also named the SSAC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in May. In his first 3 seasons at MGA, Cornell has batted .398 with a .508 OBP, 147 runs scored, 109 RBI, 30 doubles, a triple, and 19 home runs while slugging .585 and has a fielding percentage of .986 for his career with a 1.000 fielding in 2017 and 2019 in 98 chance for 2019.
Nash earned his spot on the 2nd Team All-American at secondbase a year after being an Honorable Mention for All-American. As a senior, Nash batted .335 from the leadoff spot for the Knights with an OBP of .450, SLG of .529, 26 doubles, 6 home runs, 33 RBI, and 67 runs scored. He also walked 47 times and had a fielding percentage of .953 at 2nd base. Nash received the SSAC Gold Glove Award at secondbase as well. For his two years with the Knights, he batted .340 in 121 games ith a .432 OBP, .582 SLG, 134 runs scored, 90 RBI, 52 doubles, and 21 home runs.