STEPHENVILLE – Blake Adams is in an elite company of baseball players to don the purple and white at Tarleton State University.
The senior outfielder, who recently earned a second-team All-American honor by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, was named an All-America First Team outfielder by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association. With his two national awards, he joins Tarleton Hall of Famer Tommy Keeling (1995-96) as the only Texans in the NCAA era to earn multiple All-America honors in a career. Adams becomes the first player in school history to earn multiple NCAA All-American honors in the same season.
“Blake has been a tremendous representative of our university both on and off the field,” said head coach Bryan Conger. “He is an excellent example of a true student-athlete that has worked exceptionally hard to turn himself into an All-American.”
He also becomes the third player in school history to earn an NCAA first-team All-American honor, joining Keeling (ABCA) in 1995 and Travis Hayes (Daktronics) in 2011, and the fifth player to earn NCAA All-American honors of any kind – Hayes (2011 First Team), Keeling (1996 First Team), Keeling (1995 Third Team), Jay Grona (1998 Third Team), Nathan Hickey (2018 Honorable Mention), and Adams.
Adams put together arguably one of the greatest offensive seasons in program history as the senior from Longview is hit .390 with 74 runs scored, 16 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, and 69 RBI – all from the leadoff spot in the Tarleton lineup. He led the league in runs scored, home runs, slugging percentage (.781), and hit by pitches (25) while also ranking among the top three in the LSC in batting average, hits, and RBI. His 17 home runs were the second-most in a single season in school history and the most in a season for a Texan since the school joined the NCAA.
Adams was named the LSC Tournament Championship MVP after hitting .667 with six runs scored, seven RBI, and three home runs for the weekend. He is a two-time All-LSC First Team selection and a three-time All-Region honoree in his career.
With Adams leading the charge, the Texans earned a trip to the fourth NCAA regional tournament in school history after winning the LSC Tournament Championship.