Clarke Named an All-American for the Second Consecutive Season
COLUMBIA, S.C. - For the second straight year, Wes Clarke has been named a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the magazine announced this morning (Thursday, June 3).
Clarke, who is tied for the national lead with 22 home runs heading into this week, was named to the third team as a designated hitter. Clarke is hitting .275 with 54 runs scored, eight doubles, 53 RBI and 49 walks this season, was an All-SEC second team selection and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. Clarke had a pair of home runs in a win over Clemson on Feb. 28 and had three home runs in a midweek win over Winthrop on Feb. 23. He was the SEC Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 23 and March 1 and was the Player of the Month of February by the NCBWA.
Clarke becomes the first Gamecock to earn All-America honors in consecutive years since Christian Walker did it in 2011 and 2012 and is only the eighth Gamecock in school history to be named an All-American in more than one year, joining Walker, Justin Smoak, Kip Bouknight, Peter Bauer, Ryan Bordenick, Earl Bass and Hank Small.
Clarke and the Gamecocks open NCAA Columbia Regional play on Friday, June 4 as Carolina hosts Virginia at Founders Park. First pitch is at 12 p.m. and the game is televised on ESPN2.
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