University of Central Arkansas pitcher Noah Cameron was named Wednesday to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America team.
Cameron, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound left-handed starting pitcher, was 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA in his rookie campaign with the Bears.
Cameron was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection and was named the SLC Pitcher of the Week on March 18 after a complete-game, four-hit shutout win over Nicholls State in which he faced just 30 batters and struck out 13.
Cameron, from St. Joseph (Missouri) High School, recorded 91 strikeouts and walked 19 over 94.2 innings of work.
He had double-figure strikeouts twice, including 12 against Abilene Christian and 13 against Nicholls, which ties for the third-best total in school history.
His 91 strikeouts is the sixth-best single-season total in school history and the most by a freshman.
Cameron had one complete game and pitched at least five innings in all but one of his 14 starts and went at least eight innings four times.
Opponents recorded a .239 batting average against him.
Cameron helped the Bears to their eighth consecutive berth in the Southland Conference Tournament, earning the No. 2 seed, the best since becoming eligible for the tournament in 2011.
UCA lost to McNeese State in the championship game and closed the season with a 32-27 overall record (19-11 in SLC play).
Conway’s Wicks earns an All-American selection
Kansas State pitcher Jordan Wicks adds to his historic freshman season as he was named a 2019 Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Wednesday.
Wicks, the 2019 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, is the ninth Wildcat to be named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and first since Will Brennan and Cameron Thompson did so in 2017.
He is the fifth K-State pitcher to earn the honor from the publication.
Wicks became just the second Wildcat to be named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, joining pitcher Jake Matthys in 2013.
In his initial campaign, Wicks posted a 6-3 record and led all Big 12 freshmen with a 3.61 ERA, while striking out 86 in 84.2 innings with just 26 walks allowed.
In addition to his Freshman of the Year honor, the lefty was an All-Big 12 Second-Team selection and a unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team pick. A product of Conway, Arkansas, Wicks broke K-State's single-season records in innings pitched and strikeouts by a freshman, which were both set by Andy Replogle back in 1973.
The 6-foot left-hander was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on April 15 after tossing a five-hit shutout at Texas to help secure the Cats' first-ever shutout of the Longhorns and clinch a road series over a top-25 team for the second time ever.
The Wildcats ended their 2019 season with a 25-33 (8-16 Big 12) record and an appearance at the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship.
CBC’s Gordon named NAIA All-America
Central Baptist College softball player Katie Gordon was named an NAIA All-America, the NAIA National office announced Tuesday in a news release.
Gordon becomes the fifth CBC softball player to earn All-America honors from the NAIA after capturing multiple American Midwest Conference awards this season.
Gordon, who was named the Newcomer of the Year and a first-team selection by the AMC, was named to the second team by the NAIA as an infielder.
Gordon batted .425 this season with 49 runs scored, 71 hits, 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 54 RBI and 119 total bases, all totals that led the team.
She led the AMC in hits, RBI and finished second in batting average, runs scored and total bases, third in slugging, tied for fourth in home runs, fourth in steals and 10th in on-base percentage.