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04 Jul 19
KWKT
Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has agreed to terms with its top two selections in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, third basemen Josh Jung from Texas Tech University and Davis Wendzel from Baylor University. Jung was chosen with the eighth overall pick in the first round. The 21-year-old was named Big 12 Co-Player of the year at Texas Tech University, after posting a .343/.474/.636/1.110 (82-239) slash line with 23 2B, 15 HR, 58 RBI, and 53 BB/43 SO in his junior season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Jung’s 23 doubles were tied for 11th-most in the nation. He led the Red Raiders to the College World Series for a second straight season, propelling Tech to Omaha with a two home run performance in a come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma State on June 8 in the Lubbock Super Regional. The San Antonio native was selected as the winner of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award, which is determined based on performance at the plate, academics, and personal integrity. He was also tabbed a second team All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Jung hit .392/.491/.639/1.130 with 12 HR and 80 RBI during his sophomore campaign with the Red Raiders, earning All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (2nd Team), NCBWA (2nd Team), Baseball America (2nd Team), D1 Baseball (2nd Team), and Perfect Game (2nd Team). The right-handed batter and thrower was a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 honoree. Wendzel was the 41st overall selection in the draft and the seventh pick in the Competitive Balance Round A. He batted .367/.484/.610/1.094 (65-177) with 9 HR and 42 RBI over 46 games for Baylor University as a junior this season. The 22-year-old right-handed batter and thrower shared Co-Big 12 Player of the Year honors with Josh Jung, leading the conference in batting average and on-base percentage. His slugging percentage was 3rd-best in the Big 12. Nationally, Wendzel ranked 19th in on-base percentage and 32nd in batting average. He committed only two errors in 108 total chances in the field. Wendzel earned All-American honors from five different publications following the season, including ABCA/Rawlings Division I Third Team and All-Midwest Region First Team third baseman. Over his three-year career in Waco, the San Clemente, California native batted .326 with 24 home runs and 121 RBI over 154 games, posting 100 walks against 99 strikeouts. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round last season as a draft eligible sophomore, but did not sign. Jung and Wendzel are expected to report to the Rangers complex in Surprise, Arizona later this week to begin their professional careers. With today’s agreements, Texas has signed 21 of the 41 players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.
02 Jul 19
WNCT
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) ECU’s Alec Burleson was officially named to the 26-man 2019 Collegiate National Team roster, according to USA Baseball officials. Burleson’s selection marks the second consecutive summer an ECU Pirate will play for the Collegiate National Team, following Jake Agnos and Bryant Packard in 2018. Also, on that 2018 team was current ECU skipper Cliff Godwin, who, served as the third base and hitting coach, helping the Red, White & Blue to a 12-3 record that included series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba. Regarded as one of the top two-way players in the country after being named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud National Player-of-the-Year Award along with earning inclusion to five All-America teams as the utility player, Burleson led the Pirates outright in eight offensive categories including batting average (.370), doubles (23), hits (91), RBI (61) and multi-hit games (23), while sharing the team lead in multi-RBI contests (16) and fielding percentage (1.000). He slugged at a .573 clip to stand second on the club and belted nine homers to rank third. On the mound, he appeared in 24 games making nine starts where he owned a 6-2 ledger with five saves and a 3.28 ERA. Burleson earned his 11th career win against Campbell in an elimination game on June 3 in the 2019 Greenville Regional after working five innings. He fanned 68 batters while walking 26 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23. The lefty allowed 22 runs (all earned) on 56 hits in 60.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a composite .246 average. In the classroom, he is a six-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, a 2018 AAC All-Academic selection and was a 2019 Third-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American who boasts a 3.959 cumulative GPA as a business management major. Burleson’s 2019 Postseason Honors 2019 Collegiate National Team member (USA Baseball)Third-Team Academic All-America (Google Cloud CoSIDA)First-Team All-America (ABCA)First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)First-Team All-America (D1Baseball)First-Team All-America (NCBWA)First-Team All-America (Perfect Game)First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (outfield)Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (utility)First-Team All-South Region (ABCA)Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team Team USA will host the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series July 2-6. The five-game series will kick off at LP Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina, followed by games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) in Durham, North Carolina, and the National Training Complex. The series will then return to the DBAP for the finale on July 6. The Collegiate National Team leaves for Taiwan on July 7. Team USA will travel to Taichung, Taiwan, for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and close out its summer schedule with the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which will take place in various cities throughout Japan from July 16-21.
02 Jul 19
WIAT
DURHAM, N.C. (AUBURN ATHLETICS) – Auburn pitching coach Steve Smith has been named a pitching coordinator for the USA Baseball 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Smith is one of 10 coaches and evaluators to serve on the NTDP staff, marking his third stint with USA Baseball. He also served as the head coach of the Collegiate National Team in 2005 and its pitching coach in 1998. Smith recently completed his second season as the volunteer assistant and pitching coach at Auburn, helping lead the Tigers to the program’s fifth College World Series appearance all-time, including its first since 1997. In two seasons under Smith, Auburn’s pitching staff has turned in two of its three highest strikeout totals and has registered 12 shutouts, including seven this past season. The Tigers 2018 staff finished in the top 25 in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.67) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.2). Under Smith’s guidance, Casey Mize was named a consensus All-American and First Team All-SEC selection before becoming the first No. 1 overall pick in program history in 2018. Mize was also named the NCBWA District III Co-Player of the Year and a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award. Tanner Burns was named an All-American in 2019, and the duo turned in the program’s only three 100-strikeout seasons since 2000. Smith came to Auburn after serving as the head coach at Baylor for 21 seasons (1995-2015). He tallied 744 career victories with the Bears and is the winningest coach in the history of Baylor Athletics. Smith took Baylor to 13 NCAA regionals, four super regionals and the College World Series in 2005. The Gulfport, Mississippi, native is a five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. The NTDP offers 40 athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force. The 2019 17U NTDP will take place July 21-25 in the Chicago metropolitan area and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Wrigley Field, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and Miller Park.
27 Jun 19
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LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech baseball’s deepest run ever at the College World series earned the Red Raiders a No. 4 national ranking Thursday, matching the 2016 team for the highest final ranking in school history. The Red Raiders were ranked No. 4 by four of the five polls released on Thursday, including D1Baseball.com, Baseball America, National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA) and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN). Perfect Game had the Red Raiders slotted fifth. Texas Tech finished the season 46-20 overall and returned to the College World Series for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Texas Tech went 7-3 in the NCAA Tournament with two of those wins coming in Omaha.
22 Jun 19
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19 Jun 19
WNCT
 ECU’s Alec Burleson has accepted an invitation from USA Baseball to the Collegiate National Team (CNT) Training Camp the organization announced today. The standout sophomore is the fourth Pirate in program history to receive an invitation following Pat Watkins (1992), Jake Agnos (2018) and Bryant Packard (2018). Both Agnos and Packard made the 2018 CNT squad and were joined by ECU skipper Cliff Godwin, who served as the third base and hitting coach, helping the Red, White & Blue to a 12-3 record that included series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba. Regarded as one of the top two-way players in the country after being named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud National Player-of-the-Year Award along with earning inclusion to five All-America teams as the utility player, Burleson led the Pirates outright in eight offensive categories including batting average (.370), doubles (23), hits (91), RBI (61) and multi-hit games (23), while sharing the team lead in multi-RBI contests (16) and fielding percentage (1.000). He slugged at a .573 clip to stand second on the club and belted nine homers to rank third. On the mound, he appeared in 24 games making nine starts where he owned a 6-2 ledger with five saves and a 3.28 ERA. Burleson earned his 11th career win against Campbell in an elimination game on June 3 in the 2019 Greenville Regional after working five innings. He fanned 68 batters while walking 26 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23. The lefty allowed 22 runs (all earned) on 56 hits in 60.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a composite .246 average. In the classroom, he is a six-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, a 2018 AAC All-Academic selection and was a 2019 Third-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American who boasts a 3.959 cumulative GPA as a business management major. Burleson’s 2019 Postseason Honors Collegiate National Team InvitationThird-Team Academic All-America (Google Cloud CoSIDA)First-Team All-America (ABCA)First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)First-Team All-America (D1Baseball)First-Team All-America (NCBWA)First-Team All-America (Perfect Game)First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (outfield)Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (utility)First-Team All-South Region (ABCA)Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intra-squad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA’s 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.
18 Jun 19
KWKT
Baylor Press Release By: Rachel Caton WACO, Texas – Three Bears were named 2019 ABCA/Rawlings Division I All-Americans, it was announced recently. Pitcher Kyle Hill was named a First Team All-American for the fifth time this postseason, while catcher Shea Langeliers and third baseman Davis Wendzel were both named third team selections. The three ABCA/Rawlings All-America selections are the first for the Bears since 2012 and the most in one season in program history. Previous highs were two selections in 2012 and two in 1998. Hill, the first Bear to be named a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, was named to the All-Midwest Region first team after having an outstanding year for the Bears on the mound. He did not allow a run (0.00 ERA) in 23 appearances, 29.1 innings of work on the season, finishing with a 6-0 record and seven saves. The 32-game, 29.1 innings scoreless streak is the longest in program history for one season and overall, he boasts a 32.2 scoreless inning streak over 24 games dating back to the 2018 season. He cemented his spot in the Baylor record book with 139 career strikeouts in relief to sit fourth on the career list and is third on BU’s all-time appearances leaderboard (93 games) and tied for fifth on the all-time relief appearances chart (82). His 0.00 ERA leads the Big 12 and his six wins on the year are the most by a reliever nationally that does not have at least one start on the year. He has received five First Team All-America honors and one third team All-America honor so far this postseason. Langeliers, the second-highest Bear to be drafted after being the ninth overall selection of the Atlanta Braves, the Keller, Texas, native was named the All-Midwest Region catcher after batting 308 (180-for-622) in 44 games, with nine doubles, one triple and 10 home runs. He drove in 42 runs, slugged .530 and had an on-base percentage of .374. Behind the plate, he did not have an error in 393 chances and threw out 14-of-25 would-be base stealers (56.0 percent). The All-America honor is the first of 2019 for Langeliers and the second of his career after he was named a second team honoree by Collegiate Baseball in 2018. Wendzel, who was the 41st overall selection in the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers, was named the All-Midwest Region First Team third baseman after finishing the regular season with a batting average of .385, good for 32ndnationally. The 2019 Big 12 Co-Player of the Year, Wendzel led the league with a.404 batting average. His on-base percentage of .500 was also tops in the conference and 19th-best in the country. Wendzel’s slugging percentage of .647 was also good for third in the conference. He had 60 total hits, with 17 doubles and eight homers, second-most on the team. His 17 doubles through the regular season were also second-most on the team and ranks fourth in the Big 12. The San Clemente, Calif., native also stole a team and career-high 11 bases on the season. He finished the 2019 season with a slash line of .367/.484/.610. He drove home 42 runs, had eight home runs and 19 doubles. The honor is the fifth All-America selection for Wendzel this season.
18 Jun 19
WNCT
The ECU duo of junior Jake Agnos (second-team) and sophomore Alec Burleson (first-team) have been named All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), while junior Spencer Brickhouse (second-team) was named to the inaugural College Baseball Foundation All-America squad as a designated hitter both organizations announced. Agnos is just the second Pirate in program history to be named to six All-America teams joining Bryant Packard who garnered a school-best seven in 2018. Burleson picked up his fifth first-team honor as a utility player and Brickhouse earned his first of the season, which gives the Pirates three All-Americans in the same season for the first time since 2004 when four players garnered honors. A fourth round selection by the New York Yankees in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Agnos appeared in 17 games (all starts) where he posted an 11-3 record with a 2.29 ERA. The lefty, who became the 12th different hurler in program history to win the pitching triple crown, fanned an ECU and American Athletic Conference single-season record 145 batters while walking 43 in 102.0 innings. He also set the league career strikeout record during the opening game of the Louisville Super Regional (295) with his five versus the Cardinals surpassing Houston’s Seth Romero (2015-17). The Haymarket, Va. native combined on five shutouts and allowed 29 runs (26 earned) on 74 hits while holding opposing batters to a composite .198 batting average. Agnos set the modern day school record with 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings that ended on a wild pitch in the 2019 AAC Baseball Championships against Houston. He tallied a team-high nine quality starts (6.0 IP, 3 or less ERs) and recorded double-digit strikeouts in a contest five times with a career-best 12 against UConn in a personal-best 8.2 innings on April 8. In all, he ranked first at ECU in six pitching categories and led the AAC in seven stat columns including strikeouts looking with 58. Off the field, Agnos was an eight-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, two-time AAC All-Academic selection (2017-18), First-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American (2019) and two-time academic all-district honoree (2018-19). A member of ECU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and previous member of the Athletic Leadership Living Learning Community, Agnos boasts a cumulative GPA over 3.95 at ECU while majoring in management information systems. He named the 2019 ECU Mr. Pirate at the 6th Annual Goldspys, which is presented to the male student-athlete who excels in the classroom and in athletics, while also contributing to the community. He was also selected to the 2019 Nutrien All-Academic Team at the annual Breakfast of Champions. Agnos’ 2019 Postseason Honors First-Team Academic All-America (Google Cloud CoSIDA)First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)First-Team All-America (NBCWA)Second-Team All-America (I)Second-Team All-America (Baseball America)Second-Team All-America (D1Baseball)Third-Team All-America (Perfect Game)American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-YearFirst-Team All-American Athletic Conference selectionFirst-Team All-South Region (ABCA)Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team Brickhouse started 60 games for the Pirates batting .335 (69-for-206) with 14 home runs and 56 RBI. The Zebulon, N.C. native led the club outright in on-base percentage (.467) runs (57), slugging percentage (.626) and walks (45), while sharing the team lead in triples and multi-RBI games. A seventh-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2019 MLB Draft, Brickhouse tallied 19 multi-hit games and collected a team-high seven game-winning RBI (14 career). He hit a pair of home runs in a contest twice this season (Houston and UConn) and registered five career multi-home run games in three seasons. The two-time all-conference player hit a solo home run at No. 7 Louisville in the Super Regional opener and closed out his career with 34 home runs and 134 RBI. Brickhouse’s 2019 Postseason Honors Second-Team All-America (College Baseball Foundation)First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (designated hitter)Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (first base)Second-Team All-South Region (ABCA) Regarded as one of the top two-way players in the country after being named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud National Player-of-the-Year Award, Burleson led the Pirates outright in eight offensive categories including batting average (.370), doubles (23), hits (91), RBI (61) and multi-hit games (23), while sharing the team lead in multi-RBI contests (16) and fielding percentage (1.000). He slugged at a .573 clip to stand second on the club and belted nine homers to rank third. On the mound, he appeared in 24 games making nine starts where he owned a 6-2 ledger with five saves and a 3.28 ERA. Burleson earned his 11th career win against Campbell in an elimination game on June 3 in the 2019 Greenville Regional after working five innings. He fanned 68 batters while walking 26 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23. The lefty allowed 22 runs (all earned) on 56 hits in 60.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a composite .246 average. In the classroom, he is a six-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, a 2018 AAC All-Academic selection and was a 2019 Third-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American who boasts a 3.959 cumulative GPA as a business management major. Burleson’s 2019 Postseason Honors Third-Team Academic All-America (Google Cloud CoSIDA)First-Team All-America (ABCA)First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)First-Team All-America (D1Baseball)First-Team All-America (NCBWA)First-Team All-America (Perfect Game)First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (outfield)Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (utility)First-Team All-South Region (ABCA)Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team Agnos, Brickhouse and Burleson are the sixth, seventh and eighth All-America selections under head coach Cliff Godwin, joining Reid Love (2015), Evan Kruczynski (2016-17), Travis Watkins (2017), Chris Holba (2019) and Bryant Packard (2019). It also marks the seventh-straight year the Pirates have had an All-American on their team dating back to 2013.
16 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 15–Before Michigan got under way in its first College World Series appearance in 35 years, Erik Bakich was named the national coach of the year. Bakich, 41, is in his seventh season at Michigan, and has the Wolverines in the NCAA Tournament for the third time — including their first CWS appearance since 1984. […]

15 Jun 19
Bats and Blogs

Catcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State is the 33rd recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by The Game Headwear, as college baseball’s Player of the Year. The announcement came at a national news conference Saturday morning at TD Ameritrade Stadium as OSU’s first winner of the prestigious award met with a group of national […]

15 Jun 19
Bats and Blogs

After leading Michigan to the College World Series, Wolverines head coach Erik Bakich has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Coach of the Year.

15 Jun 19
Bats and Blogs

UCLA’s Holden Powell was named the 2019 Stopper of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park, becoming the second Bruin to capture the award since its inception in 2005, joining two-time winner David Berg (2013, 2015). An All-America First-Team selection by the NCBWA and a Pac-12 All-Conference […]

14 Jun 19
The baseball bats fanatic

The Cleveland Indians announced the signing of 32 members of its 2019 First-Year Player Draft class Friday, including each of their first 13 selections. Among the signings is first-round pick DANIEL ESPINO, a right-handed pitcher out of the Georgia Premier Academy in Statesboro, Ga. The 18-year-old posted a 0.32 ERA (2ER/44.0IP) with 10 walks and […]

14 Jun 19
News Directory

More Honors For WVU Pitcher Alek Manoah West Virginia University junior pitcher Alek Manoah has been nominated by D1Baseball on Thursday. All-America accolades, Manoah has more than doubled the program. On Wednesday, he is an honored man by the NCBWA and Perfect Game, after respectively. WVU pitcher Alek Manoah Manoah is the first player of […]

14 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 14–Chatham Glenwood High School graduate Reid Detmers, a sophomore left-hander on the University of Louisville team that qualified for the NCAA Division I College World Series, has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America team. Detmers is 12-4 with a 2.85 earned run average for the Cardinals, who are 49-16 and […]

14 Jun 19
Buckeyes Wire

Another Freshman All-American honor for @SethLons 💪 First Team Freshman All-🇺🇸 by @PerfectGameUSA 💯#GoBuckshttps://t.co/bfxTPDNOdc — Ohio State Baseball (@OhioStateBASE) June 13, 2019 Ohio State Redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway has earned another Freshman All-American honor. He has already been selected to the All-Freshman Second-Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. And now this, a […]

14 Jun 19
KWKT
Baylor Press Release: WACO, Texas – The honors keep rolling in for Baylor baseball senior pitcher Kyle Hill and Davis Wendzel this week. Hill was named a First Team All-American by D1Baseball.com and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and a third team selection by Perfect Game USA, while Wendzel was named a Third Team All-American selection by D1Baseball.com and an honorable mention selection by Perfect Game USA.  The Corpus Christi, native is also the first Baylor pitcher to earn first team honors since Jason Jennings in 1999.  Hill is the first Bear to ever earn D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game All-America honors and he is the first to earn NCBWA honors since Troy Montemayor in 2017. Hill has now been recognized by five national publications as an All-American, a first team selection by four of those. For the third-straight year Baylor pitching coach Jon Strauss has led one of his pitchers to All-America honors, with closer Troy Montemayor earning the second team honors in 2017 and starter Cody Bradford as a third team selection in 2018. Hill, the first Bear to be named a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, was outstanding for the Bears on the mound in his final season, as he did not allow a run (0.00 ERA) in 23 appearances, 29.1 innings of work on the season, finishing with a 6-0 record and seven saves. The 32-game, 29.1 innings scoreless streak is the longest in program history for one season and overall, he boasts a 32.2 scoreless inning streak over 24 games dating back to the 2018 season. He cemented his spot in the Baylor record book with 139 career strikeouts in relief to sit fourth on the career list and is third on BU’s all-time appearances leaderboard (93 games) and tied for fifth on the all-time relief appearances chart (82). His 0.00 ERA leads the Big 12 and his six wins on the year are the most by a reliever nationally that does not have at least one start on the year. His first team selections by D1Baseball.com and NCBWA and his third team selection by Perfect Game USA join his first team All-America honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Joining Hill as a first-time All-America selection is third baseman Davis Wendzel, the 2019 Co-Big 12 Player of the Year. Wendzel led the Conference during the regular season with a .377 batting average (63-of-167) and a .488 on-base percentage, while his slugging percentage of .623 ranked third in the league. The San Clemente, Calif., native’s .404 batting average (23-of-57) in conference-only action also led the league. He finished his junior campaign batting .367 with an OPS of 1.094. He finished tied for second on the team with 42 RBIs and 19 doubles. His eight home runs were third-most on the team, while his slugging percentage of .610 led the team. Wendzel also showed off his wheels this season, stealing a career-best 11 bases (11-of-14 attempts). He also was even more impressive on the field, registering just two errors in 108 chances. He has now been named an All-American by four different publications. The honors give Baylor All-Americans in three-straight seasons for the first time since 1999-2001.