A-State’s George named Louisville Slugger All-American

A-State’s George named Louisville Slugger All-American

JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The 2015 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams were announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper with Arkansas State's Zach George earning third-team honors.

A native of Paragould, Ark., George, enjoyed a monster campaign at the plate during the 2015 season after only playing in a combined 19 games in 2013 and 2014.  He reached base in all 55 games he played this season, along with the 19 the previous two years, to put together the nation's longest on-base streak at 74 games, which records indicate is also a school record.

“This is a great honor for Zach, the A-State baseball program, and Arkansas State University,” A-State head baseball coach Tommy Raffo said.  “His approach and consistency at the plate along with his leadership this season with our team are definitely deserving of this award.”

George has the highest on-base percentage in the nation at .548 and his .399 average was the best in the Sun Belt Conference and third highest mark in school history.  He led the conference in hits (81), walks (52), and doubles (22).  The 52 walks broke Matt Bryant's record of 49 in the 1996 season, while the 22 doubles are the second most in school history and the 81 hits are tied for the fifth most in a single season in the A-State record books.

“I'm so honored to receive this recognition,” George said.  “I'm extremely lucky to have Coach Raffo as a coach.  He always has a positive mindset and has believed in me when things were down.”

Additionally, George was the only Red Wolves player to walk (52) more times than he struck out (28) and led the team in slugging percentage (.562), hit-by-pitches (16), and total bases (114).  He was second on the team with nine stolen bases, third with 38 runs scores, fourth with 35 RBIs, and tied for fourth with three home runs.  He led the squad with 27 multiple-hit games, including 11 three hit games, and he had a .980 fielding percentage splitting time at first base and third base defensively.

The All-American award is the first for the A-State baseball program since 2007 when Josh Yates earned First-Team Academic All-American honors from ESPN The Magazine and George becomes just the sixth Arkansas State player to earn All-American honors joining Yates (2006-07), Geoff Desmond (2005), Wayne Pitcock (1968), Dana Ryan (1967), and George Glenn (1964-66).