HAYS, Kansas—Fort Hays State junior outfielder Ryan Busboom has been honored as a Daktronics First Team All-American selection, as voted on by sports information directors throughout the nation in NCAA Division II. He also has received the same honor from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
After being named the Daktronics South Central Region Player of the Year, the Cortland, Neb., native is one of three players in Division II named to the first team in the outfield.
Busboom was a unanimous All-MIAA First Team selection before earning NCBWA and Daktronics All-South Central Region First Team honors in the outfield. This was the first year Busboom played the outfield in his collegiate career after playing third base for Barton (Kan.) Community College his two years prior. He committed just two errors in 86 chances.
Busboom was a force at the plate in 2012, leading the MIAA and South Central Region in RBI with 66. He also led the MIAA in home runs with 16, slugging percentage (.718), hits (78) and total bases (145). Entering the final week of the regular season, Busboom owned the MIAA lead in all three triple crown stats, but ended the regular season fourth in the batting average race. After helping the Tigers to their first-ever MIAA Baseball Championship Tournament final and a record of 29-24, Busboom ended the year with a .386 batting average. He finished the year with 34 extra-base hits (17 doubles, 1 triple and 16 home runs) and 50 runs scored.
Busboom was the only representative from the MIAA on the Daktronics All-America First Team. Central Missouri starting pitcher Lee Stoppelman earned second-team honors, Washburn third baseman John Calhoun earned third-team honors, and Emporia State designated hitter Joe Vaskas earned an honorable mention selection.
Busboom is referenced along with five other players from the MIAA on the NCBWA All-America Team for 2012. Lee Stoppelman, starting pitcher from Central Missouri, and Joe Vaskas, designated hitter from Emporia State, each earned second team honors. John Calhoun of Washburn was a third-team selection at third base. Eric Dawson of Emporia State was an honorable mention selection at second base.