NEWARK, Del. -- Three members of the 2013 University of Delaware baseball squad have been honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association with first baseman Jimmy Yezzo and outfielder Nick Ferdinand (at right) each earning All-American honors and right-handed pitcher Chad Kuhl securing All-East Region laurels.

Yezzo, a junior from Cherry Hill, N.J. (Bishop Eustace High School), earned third team All-American and first team All-Region honors; Ferdinand, a senior from Bensalem, Pa. (Archbishop Ryan HS), was named third team All-American and first team All-Region; and Kuhl, a junior from Bear, Del. (Middletown HS), was named second team All-Region.

All three closed out their careers for the Blue Hens this past spring as each was selected in the recent Major League Baseball Draft with Yezzo being drafted in the seventh round by the Washington Nationals, Kuhl in the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Ferdinand in the 35th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Athlete photoThe three helped led the Blue Hens to a record of 33-22 this past spring, a third place finish in the CAA standings, and a berth in the CAA Tournament.

Delaware baseball, led by head coach Jim Sherman, placed multiple players on All-Americans squad for the first time since 2006 when Brandon Menchaca and Alex Buchholz were honored nationally and had as many as three players earn All-Region honors for the first time since 2001.

Yezzo (at left) continued his impressive run of post-season honors as he was selected to his fourth All-American squad. Earlier this year the left-handed hitting slugger was named first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine/Louisville Slugger All-American, third team All-American by Baseball America, and third team All-American by Perfect Game.

Yezzo, who also was named the CAA Player of the Year and University of Delaware Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year last month and is one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes National Player of the Year Award, led the Colonial Athletic Association with a .410 batting average and 28 doubles during the 2013 season and also ranked second in the league with 13 home runs and with 64 runs batted in.

Athlete photoHe led the nation in batting for several weeks during the season and currently ranks No. 3 nationally in that category and No. 7 in runs batted in per game. He committed just one error in 515 chances at first base.

Ferdinand, also a first team All-CAA selection, batted .362 in 54 starts this past spring and led the CAA in home runs with 15 while ranking third in the league in RBI with 61. He also recorded 16 doubles and led the team with 29 walks. He was named the team’s Perry E. Burkett Triple Play Award winner this spring for outstanding commitment to the team.

Kuhl (at right) earned second team All-CAA honors in 2013 after posting a 10-2 record and ranking third among Blue Hen starters with a 3.75 earned run average in 15 starts. He also led the team with 105.2 innings pitched and struck out 76 batters. His 10 wins ranked second in the CAA and were the most by a UD pitcher since 2001 when Vic Sage went 11-3 and Rich McGuire posted a 10-3 record.