Charleston’s Clarke, Morehead’s Robinson headline All-Americans

Photographer: Al Samuels

Of the more than 80 players selected as Louisville Slugger All-American baseball players for 2015, 16 played for ASN-affiliated schools, led by first-teamers Taylor Clarke of College of Charleston and Chris Robinson of Morehead State.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-American team had two James Madison players — Megan Good and Jailyn Ford — named to the second and third team.

Both the Colonial Athletic Association and the Southern Conference had four players who were named All-Americans.

Clarke, a right-hander from Ashburn, Va., was the CAA Pitcher of Year. Clarke led the nation in wins with 13 in 15 starts for the Cougars. Opponents hit just .178 against Clarke. He struck out a program record 136 batters while only giving up 16 earn runs in 107 innings.

“We are excited to see Taylor be recognized as one of the best players in the country for what he has accomplished on the field this season,” said College of Charleston head coach Monte Lee. “This is a tremendous honor to be on such a prestigious list.”

Robinson, this year’s Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, is a senior from Ontario, Canada and arguably the nation’s best hitting catcher, ranking in the top 5 in five hitting categories. Robinson is second nationally in hits (98), runs (77) and total bases (160), fourth in RBI (69) and fifth in batting average (.412). He had four hits or more in six games this season putting his slugging percentage at .672. Behind the plate his fielding percentage was an impeccable .990.

Megan Wood. (Photo courtesy of JMU Athletics Communications)
Megan Wood. (Photo courtesy of JMU Athletics Communications)

“This is a wonderful honor for Chris,” Morehead State coach Mike McGuire said. “He has put together a phenomenal season with consistency right from the start. The awards and accolades are well-deserved.”

Carl Wise, a junior third baseman and a teammate of Clarke’s at College of Charleston, is a third-team All American.

James Madison’s freshman pitcher Good (29-3) and junior utility player Ford (16-5) were named to the NFCA second team and third team respectively. Voted the Colonial Athletic Association’s Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, Good is also a top-10 finalist for the NFCA Freshman of the Year.

Making baseball’s second-team All-American squad included Southern Conference players outfielder Kyle Lewis of Mercer and Wofford first baseman Conor Clancey. Lewis hit .373 and 17 home runs for the Bears. Clancey had a .326 average with 10 home runs. Citadel pitcher James Reeves and VMI catcher Matt Winn are third team All-Americans.

With a .380 average and 89 hits, Belmont third baseman Matt Beaty also was a second-team All-American along with Texas-San Antonio second baseman Jesse Baker, Navy pitcher Luke Gillingham and Richmond outfielder Michael Morman.

Third-team All-Americans included outfielders Jeff Boehm of Illinois-Chicago and Cole Hallum of Campbell, Liberty pitcher Jared Lyons and Florida Atlantic teammates Ricky Santiago (third base) and Brendon Sanger (outfield).

Above: College of Charleston’s Taylor Clarke. (Courtesy
Keith Chartrand

Keith Chartrand

Keith Chartrand is a freelance writer based in Ocala, Fla.