Wood Chambers


The honors continue to roll in for University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball players Corey Wood and Braden Chambers, as the duo is a part of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II All-America Team.

Wood was selected for the NCBWA All-America First Team, while Chambers earned on a spot on the honorable mention team.

Following Great American Conference Player of the Year honors, first team all-region honors by three different outlets and tournament most valuable player awards from the GAC and the NCAA Central Region, Wood becomes the third first team All-America honoree in program history and the first since 1993.

The senior right fielder rewrote several portions of the UAM baseball record book this season, with new individual records for single-season runs scored (67), single-season home runs (26), single-season RBI (90), single-season total bases (183), single-season slugging percentage (.847) and career home runs (35). He also broke Great American Conference records for single-season home runs, single-season RBI, career home runs, career RBI (138) and career total bases (293).

The Fredericton, New Brunswick finished his final collegiate season on a strong note. Throughout 11 postseason games, Wood had a .451 batting average with 23 hits, seven doubles, eight home runs, 30 RBI, 54 total bases and a slugging percentage of 1.059.

Chambers finished the 2016 season with an 11-1 record and a 3.41 earned run average. The sophomore pitcher earned All-GAC First Team honors, and was selected to three different all-region teams. Throughout his 16 appearances this season, the right-hander from Fordyce, Arkansas had 71 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .223. He had a total of four complete games, including a stretch of three consecutive complete-game victories.

Wood and Chambers are both on the ballot for the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America teams, which will be announced later this week.