Three Mississippi college baseball players have been named All-Americans by Baseball America.
Ole Miss' Parker Caracci and Southern Miss' Nick Sandlin and Luke Reynolds were each tabbed All-Americans by Baseball America. Sandlin and Reynolds both earned first-team honors by Collegiate Baseball.
Sandlin, the right-handed pitcher who was converted from the team’s closer to top starting pitcher this season, earned first-team honors from both publications.
Sandlin put together a 9-0 record with a 1.13 earned run average in the 2018 season. In 14 starts, Sandlin has 95 1/3 innings to his credit and has allowed 51 hits, 15 runs (12 earned) and 15 walks to go along with 134 strikeouts.
The Golden Eagle ace leads the country in both ERA and WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched/0.69), along with being in the Top 10 in hits allowed per nine innings at 2nd (4.81), seventh in strikeouts and seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.93).
Sandlin is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards after also being named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and a member of the league’ all-tournament team.
Ole Miss baseball closer Parker Caracci was named a Second Team All-American by Baseball America on Thursday.
The sophomore out of Jackson, recorded 10 saves this season, putting him in a tie for seventh on the team’s all-time single-season charts.
Behind Caracci, Ole Miss has totaled 20 saves as a team, putting it one behind the program’s single-season record of 21.
The Jackson Prep product has been rock-solid in big situations this season. Eight of his 10 saves, have come with the go-ahead run on base or at the plate. Eight of his saves have come with the tying run on base, including seven with the tying run in scoring position.
Since March 15, 2014, the Rebels are 159-1 when leading going into the ninth inning.
Nine of his 10 saves have come in SEC play and seven have come against ranked opponents. Caracci has struck out 29 over 17.1 innings in those appearances. For the season, Caracci (4-2) has 68 strikeouts and just 10 walks with a 1.85 ERA.
The closer will be back in action again as the Rebels begin postseason play on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT, taking on Saint Louis out of the Atlantic-10 Conference in the opening round of the Oxford Regional.
Reynolds, who had not played collegiate baseball since the 2015 season, earned C-USA Player and Newcomer of the Year honors on the strength of a .400 batting average with 20 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs and 60 RBI. He added 69 runs and has tied a single-season school record with 63 walks.
The Golden Eagle third baseman also led the squad in slugging percentage (.727) and on-base percentage (.562), while stealing eight of nine bases. He made just seven errors in 135 fielding attempts for a .948 fielding percentage.
Reynolds leads the country in walks, and on-base percentage, while also ranking in the Top 10 in walks per game at 2nd (1.07), fifth in slugging percentage, sixth in runs and tied for ninth in batting average.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they play in the Fayetteville Regional at the University of Arkansas starting Friday when they play Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m.
Baseball America All-American Teams
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