A total of four Bruins earned All-American honors for their play during the spring sports season.
Senior third baseman JT Patterson, senior shortstop Kory Longaker and senior pitcher Stephen Knapp earned the honor on the baseball team, while senior pitcher/third baseman Erin Sharpe received the honor on the softball team.
The NAIA-Baseball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee selected the 2019 Baseball All-America teams. The first and second teams are also recognized as the ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. The ABCA began recognizing All-Americans in 1949 and named the first ABCA NAIA All-America team in 1969.
Patterson earned first team, Longaker earned second team and Knapp received honorable mention.
Patterson was the North Star Athletic Association Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection this season after hitting .367 with 38 extra-base hits and 91 RBI. He added 72 runs and tallied 13 doubles.
Patterson posted five multi-home run games including three games in which he went deep three times – an NAIA record – en route to setting BU single season records for home runs (24) and RBI.
His RBI (2nd), home run (fourth), total base (fifth), and runs scored (eighth) totals along with his slugging percentage (10th) all ranked in the top 10 nationally.
The senior wrapped up his Bellevue career with a .345 average with 21 doubles, 40 home runs, 147 RBI, and 121 runs scored in 120 career games.
After earning first team all-NSAA honors, Longaker earned the second team All-America selection for the second-straight season.
In all 64 games at shortstop, Longaker posted a .376 average to go with 45 extra-base hits, 58 RBI, and 19 stolen bases.
Longaker led the team in hits (97), doubles (29), runs (83), and stolen bases (19) while playing terrific defense at the shortstop position as he committed just 14 errors in 272 chances for a .949 fielding percentage.
He finished the season by leading the NAIA in runs scored and ranking in the top 10 in several other major offensive categories: doubles (second), total bases (fifth) and hits (sixth).
The NSAA Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-conference selection, Knapp concluded his BU career by pitching to a 10-3 record with a 2.67 ERA in 14 starts as the Bruins’ ace on the mound.
He posted a nearly 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio by whiffing 55 batters and issuing just 15 free passes in 101 innings.
With a WHIP of 1.01 and .230 opponent batting average, he was able to turn in a team-best eight complete games and five shutouts.
It is the most All-American selections that BU baseball has had in a season since 2015 when Osvaldo Gonzalez, Steve Sarcone and Stephen Meyer all earned All-America recognition.
Sharpe added to her long list of honors by being named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American first team. It marked the third time in her career she has picked up first-team NFCA All-America accolades.
Sharpe became the second Bruin in school history to garner multiple All-America honors and the first BU softball player to be named to the first team on three different occasions.
Hall of Famer Lindsey Bredar (2002-05) was twice named to the NAIA All-American first team, once to the second team, and once to the honorable mention squad.
Sharpe earned her third-consecutive North Star Athletic Association Player of the Year award this season and her third first-team all-NSAA nod. She led the Bruins and was second nationally with 25 home runs. She also led BU with a .389 batting average and 60 RBIs.
The 2018-19 BU Female Athlete of the Year, the senior finished her career with 78 home runs, which ranks second all-time in NAIA history.
She set school career records for most doubles (62), most home runs (78), and total bases (581). She was also second in career RBIs (227).
In the circle, Sharpe earned seven wins and finished the year with a 3.13 ERA and 73 strikeouts. She ended her four-year career with 45 wins, 356 strikeouts, 11 shutouts and a 2.34 ERA.
• Adding another accolade for Sharpe, she earned first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region III honors. In addition, freshman shortstop Ellie Bliemeister and sophomore first baseman/outfielder Maricela Egan garnered second-team accolades.
Bliemeister, who earned first team all-NSAA honors this season, led BU with 80 hits and was second with a .377 batting average, 37 RBIs, 11 home runs and a .642 slugging percentage.
Egan, who split time at first base and in the outfield, registered a .357 batting average on the season with six doubles, two triples and four home runs. She was fourth on the squad with 28 RBIs, while also garnering first-team all-NSAA recognition in 2019.