Two Tigers named as Louisville Slugger All-Americans


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Pos: LHP   Height: 6-0   Weight: 210   Hometown: Ringgold, GA (Ringgold HS)  
Years Played: 2013 - 2015

FULLERTON, CALIF. - Junior lefthander Matthew Crownover (Ringgold, Ga.) and sophomore catcher Chris Okey (Mount Dora, Fla.) were named All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Crownover was a first-team selection, while Okey was a second-team pick.

Crownover, Clemson's first first-team All-America pitcher since 1996 (Kris Benson), is 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA, .183 opponents' batting average and 99 strikeouts in 102.0 innings pitched over 15 starts in 2015. With his win at No. 8 Florida State on May 14, the 2015 ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year became the first Tiger since 2013 (Daniel Gossett) and the first Tiger lefthander since 1996 (Ken Vining) to total 10 wins in a season.

Okey, the Tigers' first All-America catcher since 1997 (Matthew LeCroy), is hitting .320 with 16 doubles, 12 homers, 55 RBIs, 48 runs and three steals in 59 games in 2015. He is the first Tiger since 2012 (Richie Shaffer) to hit double-digit homers in a season. His 12 home runs are also the most by a Tiger since 2011, when Shaffer hit 13 long balls.

Earlier in May, Crownover was named a first-team All-American by College Sports Madness. Freshman outfielder Reed Rohlman earned third-team All-America honors as well, giving Clemson three All-Americans in 2015.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams and National Player of The Year were announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of
Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features 11 conference players or pitchers of the year, including:

• RHP Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston (Pitcher of Year Colonial Conference).
• RHP Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt (Pitcher of Year Southeastern Conference).
• LHP Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
Jr. LH Pitcher
#44 6-0, 210
Ringgold, GA

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, Clemson (Pitcher of Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
• Relief David Berg, UCLA (Pitcher of Year Pacific-12 Conference).
• Relief Tyler Jay, Illinois (Pitcher of Year Big Ten Conference).
• C Chris Robinson, Morehead St. (Player of Year Ohio Valley Conference).
• 1B Will Craig, Wake Forest (Player of Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
• 2B Melvin Rodriguez, Jackson St. (Player of Year Southwestern Athletic Conference).
• OF Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas (Player of Year Southeastern Conference).
• OF Donnie Dewees, North Florida (Player of Year Atlantic Sun Conference).
• OF Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville (Player of Year Missouri Valley Conference).

Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi is Collegiate Baseball’s National Player Of The Year after a remarkable season. He hit .391 with 18 homers, 12 doubles and swiped 22 of 26 bases. He is the first SEC Player of The Year in program history. Benintendi is one of only two players in the country with 15-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases and is on pace to become the third player in SEC history to finish the year as the league leader in home runs and batting average. He currently leads the SEC in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and walks. If that wasn't enough, he is only 8 RBIs shy of becoming the second Triple Crown winner in SEC history.

The first team features one pitcher with 152 strikeouts (Missouri State’s Matt Hall) and another with a 10-0 record (Alex Lange of LSU). Both closers (David Berg of UCLA and Tyler Jay of Illinois) put up monster numbers. Berg posted 12 saves and a 7-1 record with a 0.73 ERA. Jay was 5-1 with 13 saves and a 0.64 ERA.

The first team offense features remarkable power, line drive hitters and speed. Six hitters collected 16 or more doubles led by Chris Robinson of Morehead St. with 25. Alex Bregman of LSU had 32 stolen bases on the season to lead first teamers.

The following are the first, second and third team Louisville Slugger All-Americans for 2015.

FIRST TEAM
Pitchers Pos Player School W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO
RHP Taylor Clarke Coll. of Charleston 13 1 1.34 16 15 2 1 107.3 68 14 136
RHP Carson Fulmer Vanderbilt 11 2 1.97 15 15 3 0 100.6 67 38 136
LHP Matt Hall Missouri St. 10 2 2.17 17 15 1 1 108.0 79 38 152
RHP Mike Shawaryn Maryland 12 2 1.65 15 15 0 0 103.3 76 23 124
RHP Alex Lange Louisiana St. 10 0 2.11 13 13 0 0 81.0 60 35 91
LHP Matthew Crownover Clemson 10 2 1.59 15 15 0 0 102.0 67 36 99
Relief David Berg UCLA 7 1 0.73 40 0 0 12 61.6 45 7 56
Relief Tyler Jay Illinois 5 1 0.64 28 1 0 13 56.3 29 6 65
Position Players Pos Player School AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
C Chris Robinson Morehead St. .412 238 77 98 25 5 9 69 28 31 10
1B Will Craig Wake Forest .382 191 52 73 20 1 13 58 41 24 2
2B Melvin Rodriguez Jackson St. .422 230 61 97 22 3 7 65 32 14 12
3B David Thompson Miami, Fla. .335 221 53 74 16 2 19 80 41 24 1
SS Alex Bregman Louisiana St. .330 227 54 75 22 3 9 47 33 20 32
OF•• Andrew Benintendi Arkansas .391 202 54 79 12 2 18 52 40 29 22
OF Donnie Dewees North Florida .422 251 88 106 12 8 18 68 30 16 23
OF Kevin Kaczmarski Evansville .465 185 43 86 19 9 5 57 28 23 13
UT Corbin Olmstead North Florida Hitting: (.308, 13 2B, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 3 SB) Pitching: (9 SV, 0.25 ERA, 35.3 IP, 48 K)

SECOND TEAM
Pitchers Pos Player School W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO
RHP Thomas Eshelman Cal. St. Fullerton 8 5 1.57 15 15 5 0 114.3 86 6 111
RHP Kevin Hill South Alabama 10 0 1.73 13 13 4 0 93.6 70 38 107
LHP Alex Young Texas Christian 9 2 2.05 14 13 0 0 79.0 61 19 77
RHP Preston Morrison Texas Christian 11 2 2.63 15 14 2 0 95.6 82 17 71
RHP Kevin Duchene Illinois 10 1 1.30 13 13 0 0 89.6 75 12 85
RHP Andrew Moore Oregon St. 7 2 1.73 15 15 3 0 114.6 77 19 103
RHP Jon Harris Missouri St. 7 1 1.91 13 13 1 0 89.3 63 32 105
RHP James Kaprielian UCLA 9 4 1.94 15 15 0 0 97.6 79 31 107
RHP Dillon Tate U.C. Santa Barbara 8 4 2.08 13 13 2 0 95.3 60 27 100
RHP Zach Rodgers Central Florida 10 1 2.35 18 12 4 1 99.6 83 37 94
RHP Ryan McCormick St. John’s 10 1 2.81 16 14 2 1 86.3 71 21 70
LHP Luke Gillingham Navy 8 1 1.19 12 12 5 0 83.3 44 14 111
RHP James McMahon Southern Mississippi 11 1 1.56 15 15 3 0 92.3 66 22 60
LHP Michael Freeman Oklahoma St. 10 2 1.05 14 14 4 0 102.6 67 25 92
Relief Riley Ferrell Texas Christian 1 2 0.67 26 0 0 14 27.0 7 17 42
Relief Brandon Koch Dallas Baptist 2 2 1.41 25 0 0 14 38.3 21 24 69
Position Players Pos Player School AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
C Chris OkeyChris Okey
So. Catcher
#25 5-11, 195
Mount Dora, FL

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Clemson .320 228 48 73 16 1 12 55 25 47 3
C Kade Scivicque Louisiana St. .353 201 27 71 18 0 5 42 12 20 0
1B Conor Clancey Wofford .326 221 38 72 27 1 10 66 15 39 9
1B David Kerian Illinois .366 194 43 71 8 2 14 47 31 25 9
1B Kyle Martin South Carolina .350 203 50 71 12 2 14 56 39 27 11
2B Jesse Baker Texas-San Antonio .330 215 42 71 21 0 15 44 17 41 3
3B Matt Beaty Belmont .380 234 52 89 23 4 12 25 32 16 12
SS Dansby Swanson Vanderbilt .350 237 67 83 21 6 13 58 38 41 14
OF Kyle Lewis Mercer .373 217 48 81 18 0 17 56 18 39 3
OF Ian Happ Cincinnati .369 198 47 73 18 0 14 44 49 49 12
OF Michael Morman Richmond .389 226 51 88 25 2 7 56 16 35 10
UT Anthony Sequeira Oral Roberts Hitting: (.343, 20 2B, 10 HR, 54 RBI) Pitching: (11 SV, 1.50 ERA, 38 K, 11 BB)

THIRD TEAM
RHP Justin Sinibaldi Nicholls St. 10 1 1.40 13 12 2 0 77.3 70 16 54
RHP David Hill San Diego 9 3 2.33 14 14 3 0 100.3 66 35 115
RHP Kyle Funkhouser Louisville 7 5 3.29 15 15 1 0 98.3 86 42 93
LHP Jared Lyons Liberty 8 2 1.99 16 13 3 0 99.6 71 22 100
LHP James Reeves The Citadel 8 4 3.69 15 15 1 0 95.0 80 28 115
RHP Grayson Long Texas A&M 9 0 2.62 15 15 0 0 86.0 68 37 100
RHP Carson Cross Connecticut 10 2 2.29 15 15 1 0 106.0 80 25 108
RHP Blake Hickman Iowa 9 2 2.90 15 15 0 0 80.6 63 37 49
LHP Jacob Hendren Illinois St. 10 2 2.80 15 15 3 0 106.0 91 24 99
Relief Zack Burdi Louisville 5 0 0.75 17 0 0 9 24.0 11 7 23
Relief Bryan Young Missouri St. 7 0 1.16 27 0 0 14 38.6 28 13 46
Relief Logan Cozart Ohio 7 1 1.36 30 0 0 13 66.3 33 23 79
Relief Tyler Peitzmeier Cal. St. Fullerton 2 3 2.44 27 1 0 16 44.3 41 8 48
Position Players Pos Player School AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
C Nick Dini Wagner .392 176 45 69 18 1 7 44 30 7 14
C Matt Thaiss Virginia .324 210 40 68 16 0 9 55 27 20 4
C Matt Winn Virginia Military Inst. .304 191 38 58 12 0 14 39 28 49 0
1B Chris Chinea Louisiana St. .369 222 39 82 16 0 11 55 12 31 1
1B Tucker Tubbs Memphis .305 223 41 68 15 0 17 55 26 27 7
1B Austin Byler Nevada .328 198 69 65 18 2 14 52 54 57 9
1B Nick Rivera Florida Gulf Coast .360 186 32 67 18 1 10 67 35 32 0
2B Scott Kingery Arizona .392 237 53 93 15 5 5 36 9 18 11
2B Ryan Howell Nevada .312 215 54 67 14 3 17 65 36 51 1
2B Stefan Trosclair Louisiana-Lafayette .358 201 52 72 15 1 16 53 23 35 14
2B Nate Mondou Wake Forest .338 222 51 75 18 3 10 57 18 30 5
3B Zach George Arkansas St. .399 203 38 81 22 1 3 35 52 28 9
3B Carl Wise Coll. of Charleston .319 229 61 73 18 3 11 68 27 36 3
3B Ricky Santiago Florida Atlantic .317 227 43 72 20 0 8 48 32 54 3
3B Jake Burger Missouri St. .333 204 35 68 20 3 3 40 12 25 4
SS Kevin Kramer UCLA .328 232 49 76 13 2 6 31 34 34 7
SS Kevin Newman Arizona .370 227 53 84 19 1 2 36 20 15 22
SS Blake Trahan Louisiana-Lafayette .336 235 51 79 15 1 2 28 37 28 17
OF Jeff Boehm Illinois-Chicago .374 198 51 74 16 2 14 67 37 37 4
OF Brett Siddall Canisius .353 241 46 85 24 1 12 63 17 30 6
OF Sam Koenig Wisc.-Milwaukee .361 230 58 83 19 2 15 57 37 50 6
OF Brendon Sanger Florida Atlantic .372 218 52 81 20 4 6 45 51 28 2
UT Cole Hallum Campbell Hitting: (.327, 8 2B, 12 HR, 47 RBI) Pitching: (9 SV, 1.04 ERA, 17 K, 5 BB)

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