STEPHENVILLE – It’s a clean sweep of NCAA Division II All-American honors for Blake Adams.
The senior outfielder from Longview becomes the first Texan in program history to be named to three different All-America teams after being named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Second Team Tuesday morning.
In addition to the ABCA honor, Adams was also a second-team honoree by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a first-team honoree by the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association. With his three All-American honors, he passes Tommy Keeling for the most in program history. Keeling had one award in 1995 and another in 1996.
“Blake has been a tremendous representative of our university both on and off the field,” said head coach Bryan Conger earlier in the week following Adams’ second award. “He is an excellent example of a true student-athlete that has worked exceptionally hard to turn himself into an All-American.”
Adams is the third player in program history to earn All-America status by ABCA/Rawlings, joining Keeling (1996 First Team; 1995 Third Team) and Jay Grona (1998 Third Team).
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.