FULLERTON, CALIF. – Junior lefthander Matthew Crownover (Ringgold, Ga.) and sophomore catcher Chris Okey (Mount Dora, Fla.) were named All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Crownover was a first-team selection, while Okey was a second-team pick.
Crownover, Clemson’s first first-team All-America pitcher since 1996 (Kris Benson), is 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA, .183 opponents’ batting average and 99 strikeouts in 102.0 innings pitched over 15 starts in 2015. With his win at No. 8 Florida State on May 14, the 2015 ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year became the first Tiger since 2013 (Daniel Gossett) and the first Tiger lefthander since 1996 (Ken Vining) to total 10 wins in a season.
Okey, the Tigers’ first All-America catcher since 1997 (Matthew LeCroy), is hitting .320 with 16 doubles, 12 homers, 55 RBIs, 48 runs and three steals in 59 games in 2015. He is the first Tiger since 2012 (Richie Shaffer) to hit double-digit homers in a season. His 12 home runs are also the most by a Tiger since 2011, when Shaffer hit 13 long balls.
Earlier in May, Crownover was named a first-team All-American by College Sports Madness. Freshman outfielder Reed Rohlman earned third-team All-America honors as well, giving Clemson three All-Americans in 2015.
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