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Kentucky baseball’s White, Beggs win college Gold Glove awards

First baseman Evan White threw to Zach Logue, who covered first for the out, as UK defeated Arkansas in the second game of a doubleheader at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington on April 23, 2016.
First baseman Evan White threw to Zach Logue, who covered first for the out, as UK defeated Arkansas in the second game of a doubleheader at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington on April 23, 2016.

Kentucky first baseman Evan White and pitcher Dustin Beggs were named NCAA Division I Gold Glove winners on Sunday.

The American Baseball Coaches Association announced the nine-player squad, which also included Louisville catcher Will Smith, a former Kentucky Country Day standout.

White, who batted .376 with 40 RBI during his junior season, committed only one error and had a .998 fielding percentage in 54 games.

Beggs, who was a senior, was 9-2 with a 3.01 ERA. He had two errors and a .958 fielding percentage during his 14 starts.

Smith had one error and a .998 fielding percentage in 55 games. The junior batted .382 with 43 RBI.

Kentucky was the only school with more than one player on the team. Other winners included Indiana second baseman Tony Butler, Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger, Long Beach State shortstop Garrett Hampson and outfielders College Billingsley of South Alabama, Austin Grebeck of Oregon and Kyle Lewis of Mercer.

The Gold Glove Team was selected by the ABCA All-America committee, which is chaired by Dean Ehehalt of Monmouth. The committee also includes head coaches Mike Stone (Massachusetts), Brian O’Connor (Virginia), Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt), Steve Jaksa (Central Michigan), Dan Heefner (Dallas Baptist), Tommy Raffo (Arkansas State) and George Horton (Oregon).

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