Tulane center fielder Grant Witherspoon named first-team All-American Athletic Conference

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Grant Witherspoon

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Tulane junior center fielder Grant Witherspoon was named a First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection in a vote by the conference head coaches, the league announced Monday.

This is the first all-conference honor for the third-year player from Lakewood, Colo. Witherspoon leads the Green Wave with a .324 batting average, 70 hits, 10 home runs, 19 doubles, 46 RBI, 121 total bases, 39 walks, 13 stolen bases, a .560 slugging percentage and a .434 on-base percentage. He ranks 25th in the nation and ranks second in The American with 19 doubles. He also ranks second in walks, fifth in total bases, sixth in hits, seventh in RBI, and eighth in home runs and slugging.

Witherspoon leads the Wave with 21 multiple hit games, including seven three-hit games and a four-hit contests. He also drove in at least two runs in 13 games, including a five-RBI performance and three four-RBI feats. Among his 10 home runs, Witherspoon has hit three grand slams this season. He matches Sam Honeck (2009) and Brad Emaus (2005) as the only Tulane players to hit three grand slams in a season this century.

Witherspoon is the sixth Green Wave player to earn first-team honors in Tulane’s four years as a member of The American.

Tulane opens the American Athletic Conference Championship against Houston at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on the American Digital Network, via Facebook Live, and on 88.3 FM WRBH and TuneIn Radio.

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2018 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL AWARDS

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bryant Packard, OF, ECU (So., Greenville, N.C.)

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Aaron Fletcher, LHP, Houston (Jr., Cypress, Texas)

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE POSITION PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christian Fedko, IF, UConn (Fr., Gibsonia, Pa.)

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Alec Burleson, LHP, ECU (Fr., Denver, N.C.) *

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
Todd Whitting, Houston

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TEAM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
ECU

All-Conference Team

First Team
Pos Name School Cl Hometown 2018 Statistics
P J.T. Perez Cincinnati Sr. Orrville, Ohio 6-3, 2.68 ERA, 87.1 IP, 66 K
P Mason Feole 1 UConn So. Wakefield, R.I. 8-1, 2.49 ERA, 86.2 IP, 103 K
P Chris Holba ECU Jr. O’Fallon, Ill. 9-1, 2.08 ERA, 73.2 IP, 55 K
P Aaron Fletcher * Houston Jr. Cypress, Texas 6-2, 1.82 ERA, 84.0 IP, 75 K
RP Thad Ward UCF Jr. Fort Myers, Fla. 5-3, 2.51 ERA, 2 SV, 57.1 IP, 81 K
C Gunnar Troutwine Wichita State Sr. Fairway, Kan. .318, 7 HR, 48 RBI, .532 SLG
1B Rylan Thomas 2 UCF So. Winter Garden, Fla. .362, 13 HR, 54 RBI, .618 SLG
2B Brady Lloyd ECU Jr. Mifflinburg, Pa. .328, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 15 SB
SS Manny Rodriguez Cincinnati Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y. .296, 12 HR, 38 RBI, .598 SLG
3B David Villar USF Jr. Pembroke Pines, Calif. .380, 12 HR, 52 RBI, .684 SLG
OF Isaac Feldstein UConn Sr. Palo Alto, Calif. .287, 13 HR, 37 RBI, .579 SLG
OF Bryant Packard * ECU So. Greenville, N.C. .418, 14 HR, 48 RBI, .714 SLG
OF Grant Witherspoon Tulane Jr. Lakewood, Colo. .324, 10 HR, 46 RBI, .560 SLG
DH Spencer Brickhouse ECU So. Zebulon, N.C. .285, 10 HR, 43 RBI, .498 SLG
UTY Luke Ritter Wichita State Jr. Overland Park, Kan. .341, 6 HR, 29 RBI, .493 SLG
Second Team
Pos Name School Cl Hometown 2018 Statistics
P Cam Alldred Cincinnati Jr. Batavia, Ohio 5-2, 3.68 ERA, 73.1 IP, 78 K, .228 OBA
P Tyler Smith ECU So. Pilot Mountain N.C. 7-1, 1.85 ERA, 58.1 IP, 34 K
P Trey Cumbie 1 Houston So. Lufkin, Texas 6-3, 3.46 ERA, 91.0 IP, 97 K
P Peter Strzelecki 2 USF Sr. Lake Worth, Fla. 8-3, 3.79 ERA, 80.2 IP, 90 K
RP P.J. Poulin UConn Jr. Marion, Mass. 5-2, 3.32 ERA, 15 SV, 40.2 IP, 52 K
RP Andrew Perez USF Jr. Orlando, Fla. 5-2, 2.65 ERA, 11 SV, 34.0 IP, 43 K
C Zac Susi UConn Jr. Southington, Conn. .330, 1 HR, 32 RBI
1B Joe Genord USF Jr. Lake Worth, Fla. .315, 12 HR, 44 RBI, .631 SLG
2B Matthew Mika 2 UCF Jr. Lake Worth, Fla. .284, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 26 SB
SS Coco Montes USF Jr. Miami, Fla. .323, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 6 SB
3B Alec Bohm Wichita State Jr. Omaha, Neb. .332, 15 HR, 52 RBI, .616 SLG, 8 SB
OF Ray Alejo UCF So. Orlando, Fla. .304, 0 HR, 23 RBI, 14 2B, 32 SB
OF Tyler Osik UCF Jr. Shoreham, N.Y. .314, 9 HR, 54 RBI, .503 SLG
OF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1 ECU Jr. Wilson, N.C. .343, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 16 SB
OF Duke Stunkel Jr. 2 USF Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. .347, 2 HR, 23 RBI
DH Joe Davis 1 2 Houston Jr. Austin, Texas .296, 7 HR, 40 RBI, .466 SLG
UTY Dallas Beaver UCF So. Kissimmee, Fla. .279, 6 HR, 29 RBI
UTY Lael Lockhart Jr. Houston So. Friendswood, Texas .295, 2 HR, 39 RBI

* unanimous selection
1 2  indicates previous selections to the all-conference first or second team

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