LYNCHBURG, Va. - Five SoCon freshman were named NCBWA Freshman All-American on Monday, ranking second to only the SEC which totaled eight players between the first and second teams.
The 2018 NCBWA Freshman All-American Team features players from 25 different schools and come out of 12 different conferences.
Seven different schools (Arkansas, Auburn, FIU, Mercer, Minnesota, NC State and Stanford) placed two players each on the squad. The SEC led all conferences with eight players selected to the two teams combined, putting four players each on the first team and the second team. The Southern Conference placed five players on the squad (one first team, four second team), while the Pac-12 had four players selected.
Samford's Samuel Strickland (starting pitcher) represents the SoCon on the first team after a rookie year that saw the Birmingham, Alabama native go 8-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 87 strikeouts.
Mercer's RJ Yeager (shortstop) and Le Bassett (designated hitter) are joined on the second team by Furman's Ben Anderson (outfield) and Wofford's Colin Davis (outfield). Yeager batted .324 with six home runs and 42 RBIs while Bassett hit .282 with 17 home runs and 60 RBIs. Anderson hit an impressive .361, smacking three home runs and driving in 39 RBIs while Davis batted .303 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs.
NCBWA Freshman All-American (SoCon representatives)
Samuel Strickland, LHP, Samford
Ben Anderson, OF, Furman
Le Bassett, DH, Mercer
RJ Yeager, SS, Mercer
Colin Davis, OF, MER