Mountaineers’ Gray named to all-America team

MORGANTOWN —  Junior second baseman Kyle Gray was named to the ABCA/Rawlings all-America third team, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced June 16.

The all-America accolade is the first of Gray’s career, and he is the 18th in program history. The Mountaineers have had at least one all-American in each of the last four years, while Gray’s honor is the 16th total in coach Randy Mazey’s six seasons.

The award adds to a long list of honors for Gray, who also was named to the ABCA all-region first team on Wednesday, the all-Big 12 first team and the Big 12 all-tournament team. The Blanco, Texas, native was selected in the 14th round of the MLB draft by the New York Yankees.

Gray’s season was highlighted by a 23-game hit streak, the longest by a Mountaineer since 2009, and 14 home runs, tied for sixth-most in a season in program history. He led the team in nearly every offensive category and was second in the Big 12 with a .677 slugging percentage; third with a .374 batting average, a .462 on-base percentage and

14 home runs; fourth with 134 total bases and seventh with 74 hits.

In Big 12 play, Gray led the league with a .391 batting average, was second with a .759 slugging percentage and

66 total bases, third with eight home runs, fourth with a .460 on-base percentage and 34 hits, and seventh with 24 runs scored.

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