ACU's Giusti named to ABCA all-South Central Region first team
Junior third baseman received his third postseason award this week after being tabbed first team all-South Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). NCAA D-II head coaches in the South Central region selected the team, which was unveiled on Monday.
Giusti was voted onto the team as a utility infielder, joining St. Mary's first baseman Brandon Bates, middle infielders Braden Box and Nate Robertson of Colorado Mesa, and Metro State third baseman Jacob Nelson.
Giusti, who also was named first team all-Lone Star Conference and honorable mention all-region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBWA), is the first Wildcat since Will Calhoun in 2011 to make an all-region first team. was a second team selection in 2012.
Giusti led the Wildcats this season with a .358 batting average and 40 runs batted in. His average tied him for ninth within the conference, while his RBI total ranked him eighth. Giusti's .455 on-base percentage was the sixth best in the LSC as he also drew 20 walks and was hit by 11 pitches.
Giusti was ACU's best hitter vs. the conference during the regular season (.363), and during three LSC postseason games, the Santa Fe, Texas, native went 6-for-10 (.600) with four runs.
Giusti was tops on ACU with 10 multi-RBI games and collected a career high of four in his Wildcat debut vs. Arkansas-Monticello at Houston's Minute Maid Park. He matched that total three additional times this spring against Eastern New Mexico, Delta State and Cameron.
Giusti's performance against then-No. 1 ranked Delta State combined with a fine weekend at then-No. 24 Incarnate Word earned him NCAA D-II National Hitter of the Week honors from the NCBWA. Giusti that week hit .550 and ripped two extra-base hits – including a bases-loaded triple vs. the Statesmen.
Giusti started all 49 of his games at the hot corner and made just seven errors for a .939 fielding percentage.
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