DURHAM, N.C. – Houston Baseball freshman Joe Davis continues to add to his impressive rookie resume as he is named a First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, the organization announced Monday.
Davis becomes the first Cougar freshman position player in the history of the program to be named to Baseball America’s First Team and the second Cougar in back-to-back seasons to earn a nod as LHP Seth Romero was a First Team selection a year ago.
The Austin, Texas native earns his third Freshman All-America honor after being recognized by NCBWA (First Team) and Collegiate Baseball.
Only 16 players were named to Baseball America’s First Team with Davis being honored at first base. Four from the American Athletic Conference were honor on the two teams led by Davis and OF Dwayna Williams-Sutton on the First Team.
C Cal Raleigh, Florida State
1B Joe Davis, Houston
2B Nick Madrigal, Oregon State
3B Jonathan India, Florida
SS Ford Proctor, Rice
OF Seth Beer, Clemson
OF Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF Dwayna Williams-Sutton, East Carolina
DH Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee Tech
UTL Luken Baker, Texas Christian
SP Tristan Beck, Stanford
SP Colton Eastman, Cal State Fullerton
SP Davis Martin, Texas Tech
SP Braden Webb, South Carolina
RP Durbin Feltman, Texas Christian
C Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
1B Grayson Jenista, Wichita State
2B Richie Palacios, Towson
3B Ivan Vera, West Virginia
SS Owen Miller, Illinois State
OF D.J. Artis, Liberty
OF Darius Hill, West Virginia
OF Josh Watson, Texas Christian
DH Alonzo Jones, Vanderbilt
UTL Tyler Holton, Florida State
SP Tim Cate, UConn
SP Jensen Elliott, Oklahoma State
SP Ross Massey, Tulane
SP Jacob Stevens, Boston College
RP Chad Luensmann, Nebraska
MORE ON Joe Davis
Austin, Texas / 1B
Freshman All-American // 3rd Team All-American // 2nd Team All-Region // Rookie of the Year // First Team All-Conference
Davis enjoyed a banner freshman season where he was tabbed a First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and NCBWA, a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, named to the All-Region Second Team, American Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection.
- Hit .331 in 2016 for second-best average on the team
- Led Houston in hits (78), doubles (17), home runs (14), RBI (58) and slugging percentage (.577)
- Broke the all-time Houston freshman home run record (14) and RBI record (58)
- Tied the all-time Houston freshman record in doubles (17)
- Tallied 25 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games – both team-highs
- Started 58 of the 59 games either at first base or designated hitter
- Had a career-high four hits in a game (at Arkansas)
- Drove in a career-high six RBI in a 24-6 win over No. 15 Rice
- Hit first career grand slam in win over Rice and second vs. No. 11 Tulane
- Named to Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team
- Named American Rookie of the Year
- Named First Team All-American Athletic Conference (1B)
- Named to the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team
- Named to All-Silver Glove Series vs. Rice
- Was a five-time American Weekly Honor Roll honoree
- Named American Player of the Week (April 10)
- Named to College Classic All-Tournament Team
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