WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW All-America infielder Michael Bass was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft on Saturday, joining teammate Justin Livengood, also a Padres draft selection, as Seahawks selected in the annual draft.

Bass became the first Seahawk to earn Academic All-America and All-America honors when he was named second-team on Capital One’s Academic All-America squad and later earned third-team Louisville Slugger All-America honors. Both honors were announced during UNCW’s appearance in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional earlier this month.

“I’m extremely blessed to have this opportunity to continue my career with the San Diego organization,” said Bass. “I thank God for giving me the opportunity to play this game and in such a tremendous program like UNCW. I’m eager to get started.”

A four-year starter for the Seahawks at center field and second and third base, Bass concluded his career with a tremendous senior campaign as he was named first-team Colonial Athletic Association and was runner up to Delaware’s Jimmy Yezzo for the circuit’s player-of-the-year honors. As a senior, Bass led UNCW in five offensive categories, including batting average (.380), runs (62), doubles (21), on base average (.479) and stolen bases (26).

Bass finished his career at UNCW ranking among the top-five in seven offensive categories, including triples (10), hits (257) and stolen bases (76).

Draft notes: Bass becomes the third Seahawk to be drafted by the Padres, joining Justin Livengood (2013) and Brian Whitaker (2002) … 2013 marks the fourth straight draft that two Seahawks have been selected … 89 Seahawks have now advanced to professional baseball since 1960.