Senior Slugger Becomes Program's Second All-American, Earns Spot on NEIBA Senior All-Star Game Roster
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College senior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) added to his postseason awards haul on Wednesday when he was named to the D3baseball.com All-America third team.
Arena is just the second player in program history to earn All-America accolades and the first since the late Dave Ahern '11 was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) third team following his senior campaign in 2011.
One of the top offensive players in the country, Arena batted a career-best .366 and set new career highs in hits (70), runs (54), doubles (15), runs batted in (48), total bases (118) and on-base percentage (.423) while blasting 11 home runs and finishing the year with a .618 slugging percentage. He started a school-record 47 games and set new single-season marks for at-bats (191), hits, runs and total bases in addition to ranking 18th in Division III in home runs.
The team leader with 24 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games, Arena is one of just four players to drive in at least 40 runs and score 40 times in the same season in school history. His 48 RBI this spring are the most by a Babson player since 2002 and good for the third most in program history.
A two-time D3baseball.com and ABCA first-team all-region selection and the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year, Arena batted .339 with 31 doubles, 24 home runs, 89 RBI and 93 runs scored in 111 career games. He ranks second in program history in homers and slugging percentage (.612) and 10th in doubles.
In addition to his All-America award, Arena was also selected to play for the Division II/III squad in the 2018 NEIBA All-Star Game on Thursday, May 31, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
No. 21/23 Babson finished the year at 35-12 and reached the NCAA Tournament regional finals for the second consecutive season.