JSU's Clayton Daniel Earns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Honors
Jacksonville State's Clayton Daniel was named to the 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
It marks the eighth time over the last 11 years a JSU player has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American squad and the tenth player under head coach Jim Case. He becomes the first Gamecock since junior Paschal Petrongolo was named to the first-year player list by the publication.
Daniel, from Guntersville, Alabama, was listed among eight second basemen on the squad. He finished the season hitting .327 and earned a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference's All-Freshman team. Daniel played in 55 games as a rookie for Jax State and became a dependable two-out RBI producer. He finished his first season in a Gamecock uniform with 45 RBI with 27 of those runs driven in coming with two outs in an inning. This season he collected 73 hits, which ranked third on the team and turned in 17 extra base hits, including 15 doubles. He ended the 2015 season on a nine-game hitting streak and reached base in each of the final 22 games. Daniel posted 21 multiple hit games and 13 multiple RBI contests.
Against OVC competition, Daniel ranked second on the team in batting average with a .347 clip. He drove in 24 runs in league games-only and had nine doubles.
He was one of four players from the OVC to make the squad as he was joined by Tennessee Tech's Chase Chambers (1B) and Ryan Flick (DH) along with Dustin Woodcock (OF) from SIU Edwardsville.
Daniel joins a list of former Gamecocks that have earned Freshman All-America honors, including Petrongogolo (2013), Coty Blanchard (2011), Sam Eberle (2009), Kyle Bluestein (2009), Todd Cunningham (2008), Ben Tootle (2007), Bert Smith (2006), Donovan Hand (2005) and Brian Haskins (2002).