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Standout freshman earns baseball top honor


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Freshman first baseman Joe Davis became the first Cougar position player in history to be named a Freshman First Team All-American by Baseball America. | Ajani Stewart/The Cougar

One Cougar’s record-breaking season continued on Wednesday when he was named a Freshman First Team All-American by Baseball America.

Freshman first baseman Joe Davis takes home the honor after a season that saw him hit for both average and power. The award comes as no surprise, as Davis recorded a .331 average with 14 home runs and 58 RBI.

Davis’ home run and RBI marks set new single-season team records for a freshman. The Austin, Texas native also hit 17 doubles, which tied the freshman record in the category.

Despite being just a freshman, Davis showed an uncanny ability to hit in the clutch. Davis recorded two grand slams in his first season as a Cougar, one coming against Rice University and the next in the American Athletic Conference tournament against No. 11 Tulane University.

Davis was the Cougar’s ironman in 2015 as he started 58 of the team’s 59 games. The freshman recorded multi-hit games in 25 of the games he started.

The award adds to a resume that already includes American Conference Rookie of the Year, First Team All-American Athletic Conference and Louisville Slugger All-Third Team.

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