Jun 13, 2012
Morgantown, W.Va. — The National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America continue to pad the trophy case of North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon as he was named to the All-American First-Team Wednesday.
Rodon was joined on the first team by North Carolina closer Michael Morin as well as Appalachian State’s Daniel Kassouf.
Rodon, a Golden Spikes Award finalist and Dick Howser Award finalist, has already accumulated ACC Pitcher of the Year, ACC Freshman of the Year and NCBWA Freshman of the Year among other honors. The Holly Springs native finished the year 9-0 in 16 starts with an ERA of 1.57. He struck out 135 batters to just 41 walks and surrendered just 20 earned runs in 114.2 innings of work.
Morin, who is a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, set the UNC single-season record with 19 saves. He went 6-4 with a 1.40 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 58 innings. He allowed just nine earned runs in 38 appearances.
Kassouf made the first team as a designated hitter after belting 17 home runs and 34 extra base hits in 59 games. He added a .339 average and 66 RBI for the Mountaineers who came one game away from reaching the Super Regionals.
Kassouf, a Lexington, N.C. native, joins Randy Ingle (1979) as Appalachian State’s only first-team all-American since it joined to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1972.
Campbell second baseman Michael Felton was named to the second team after batting .424 on the year with 103 hits and 52 runs scored in 59 games played. Felton also added 45 RBI and was 11-for-14 on stolen bases for the Camels who set 10 single-season team records including 41 wins.
NC State’s Trea Turner, who led the nation in stolen bases, and Duke’s Marcus Stroman, who led the nation in strikeouts, were each named to the third team.
The winners of the Howser and Stopper of the year awards will be named on Friday at the start of the College World Series in Omaha.
The complete NCBWA All-American teams can be seen on the NBCWA website.