Baseball’s No. 9 Melendez named National College Baseball Player of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas – Baseball No. 9 Ivan Melendez was named the college baseball National Player of the Year, the organization announced Thursday.

Melendez leads the nation with 29 homers, a .903 hitting percentage and 196 total bases. He became Texas Baseball’s home run king with his 29th shot of the season, surpassing Kyle Russell’s 28 homers in 2007 for the program record.

He ranks second nationally with 87 RBI, fourth with .522 on-base percentage and eighth with a .406 batting average. He became the fourth Longhorn to be named Big 12 Player of the Year and the first since Kody Clemens in 2018. Melendez, also a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection, now has 42 career homers, which is the third most in a Texas career.

Melendez becomes the fourth Longhorn to win National College Baseball Player of the Year, following Brooks Kieschnick (1993), Scott Bryant (1989), and Greg Swindell (1986).

Melendez was also named to the first-team All-American and is joined by the left-handed pitcher Peter Hansen and outfielder Murphy Stehly earned second-team All-America honors.

Hansen is 10-1 this season with a 3.01 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings pitched. He walked just 16 batters and held opponents to a .208 batting average.

Stehly is batting .377 with 21 doubles, 17 home runs and 54 RBIs. His 92 hits this season rank seventh nationally, while his 166 total goals are the 13th most in the nation.

The Longhorns open the NCAA Austin Regional against Air Force Friday at 1 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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