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Buffs earn All-Region honors: Corbett named Pitcher of the Year

Joe Corbett
Honors continue to roll in for West Texas A&M Baseball on Wednesday morning as five Buffs earned All-South Central Region accolades by the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) with senior Joe Corbett being named the region's Pitcher of the Year.

Corbett was joined on the First Team by Kyle Kaufman while Keone Givens, Dominic Yearego and Zach Dixon were named to the Second Team. Corbett and Kaufman now move onto the ballot for All-American honors that will be announced on Friday, May 31stbefore the start of the DII College World Series in Cary, North Carolina. Corbett becomes the third Buff in program history to earn a Regional Player of the Year honor to join Tim Dubrule (1997) and Marshall Kasowski (2017).

Corbett has become one of the top pitchers in all of Division II over the last two seasons in Maroon & White as the 2019 LSC Pitcher of the Year now holds the program's career record for wins (23) and strikeouts (231). The righty from Edmond holds an incredible 1.43 ERA this season with just 17 runs allowed (14 earned) to go along with 19 walks and 131 K's in his 88.0 innings of work for an opposing batting average of .176 with a perfect 12-0 record.

Kaufman has made an immediate impact on the diamond for the Buffs after graduating from the University of Alabama this past December. The Forney product is hitting .408 this season with 18 doubles, three triples and eight homeruns to drive in 57 RBI with 123 total bases for a slugging percentage of .668 to go along with 25 walks for an on-base clip of .489.

Yearego, WT's all-time leader in saves, has been a force out of the bullpen for the Buffs during the last four seasons in Canyon. The senior holds a 3.58 ERA with 11 saves this season, allowing 15 runs (13 earned) on 22 hits with 13 walks and 53 strikeouts in his 32.2 innings of relief for an impressive opposing batting average of .186.

Givens has been a force in the outfield for the Buffs during his junior campaign as the Jones, Oklahoma native is hitting .382 on the season with six doubles, five triples and four homeruns to drive in 35 RBI with 96 total bases for a slugging percentage of .539 to go along with 27 walks for an on-base clip of .468 to go along with 31 stolen bases on 37 attempts while holding a perfect fielding percentage in center.

Dixon has been a go-to starter for the Buffs during his redshirt junior season in 2019, seeing time in 13 contests with 11 starts. The Las Vegas product is 6-1 on the season with a 2.63 ERA, allowing 24 runs (18 earned) on 49 hits with 24 walks and 78 strikeouts in his 61.2 innings of work for an opposing batting average of .214 for the former Arizona State Sun Devil.

The Buffs begin their sixth straight NCAA Division II Postseason run on Thursday night as they take on fourth-seeded Colorado School of Mines at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado with first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.

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