Jacksonville State's Clayton Daniel continues to accumulate postseason honors as he was one of 67 baseball student-athletes that comprised the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's 19th Annual All-America first, second and third teams, as announced on Wednesday by the NCBWA.
Daniel, who was selected to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Third Team on June 2, was tabbed to the NCBWA's third team after a stellar 2016 campaign.
He was a constant offensive contributor in 2016, leading Jax State at the plate with an overall batting average of .372 and was the only player to start all 58 games. He collected 93 hits, including 23 extra base hits as a sophomore and drove in 54 runs, which ranked second on the team. Daniel had at least one hit in 54 of the 58 games this season, including a hit in 33 of JSU's 34 games against Ohio Valley Conference competition. Against OVC foes, he batted .390 with 57 hits in 146 plate appearances.
Prior to the start of the 2016 NCAA Men's College World Series, JSU leads the NCAA in doubles (145) and doubles per game (2.5) and Daniel was the catalyst in that category this season. He finished the season with a team-best 20 doubles, including 15 against OVC pitching. He has also had multiple hits in 27 of JSU's 58 games along with 16 multiple RBI contests. Daniel put together the OVC's longest hitting streak of the season with 22 consecutive games with a hit. Daniel was statistically the toughest player in the OVC (and eighth nationally) to strikeout (one every 19.2 at-bats) while also ranking ninth nationally in hits.
After ranking among the offensive leaders in the OVC, Daniel was named First Team All-OVC and collected All-OVC Tournament honors after helping the Gamecocks reach the championship round of the 2016 OVC Baseball Championship.
Daniel was one of two players from the OVC to earn the recognition as Southeast Missouri's Joey Lucchesi claimed a spot on the second team.
Courtesy: JSU Sports Information (www.jsugamecocksports.com)