Second Baseman Collin Thacker Named to 2017 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Pre-Season All-American First Team

Collin Thacker
Collin Thacker

TUSCON, Ariz. – Gardner-Webb senior second baseman Collin Thacker has been named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Pre-Season All-American First Team.

Thacker (Wilmington, N.C. / New Hanover HS) enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, leading the nation with 28 doubles while batting a robust .394 with 86 hits, 46 runs scored, 46 RBI and four home runs. Thacker struck out only 16 times in 218 bats, walked 26 times and forged a strong .452 on base percentage in the middle of Gardner-Webb's batting order.

Thacker led the Big South Conference in hits during the regular season and ranked among the league leaders in on base percentage, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. The overall offensive season ranks as one of the best in the history of Gardner-Webb baseball.

His 28 doubles not only led NCAA Division I, but ranked second in Gardner-Webb history for a single season – just two shy of the 30 belted by Blake Lalli during the 2005 season. Lalli also led the nation in doubles that season and went on to play in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Atlanta Braves.

Thacker led Gardner-Webb to one of its top seasons as a program in 2016. The 'Dogs set a new record with 36 regular season wins and established a Division I era-record with a 37-21 campaign. GWU also finished in a tie for second in the Big South Conference regular season standings, the highest finish ever in a conference for the baseball program.

For more information about the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Pre-Season All-American, please visit www.baseballnews.com.

The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Pre-Season All-Americans for 2017 include:

FIRST TEAM

RHP Andrew Beckwith (Coastal Carolina)

RHP Alex Faedo (Florida)

RHP Alex Lange (Louisiana St.)

RHP Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt)

RHP Brian Howard (Texas Christian)

Relief Sam Donko (Virginia Commonwealth)

Relief Glenn Otto (Rice)

C Nick Feight (N.C. Wilmington)

1B Dylan Busby (Florida St.)

2B Collin Thacker (Gardner-Webb)

3B Carl Stajduhar (New Mexico)

SS Taylor Walls (Florida St.)

OF Seth Beer (Clemson)

OF Jeren Kendall (Vanderbilt)

OF Kevin Strohschein (Tennessee Tech.)

DH Luken Baker (Texas Christian)

UT Brendan McKay (Louisville)

 

SECOND TEAM

RHP Darren McCaughan (Long Beach St.)

LHP Eli Kraus (Kent St.)

RHP Bryce Fehmel (Oregon St.)

LHP Tyler Wilson (Rhode Island)

RHP James Karinchak (Bryant)

LHP Pat Krall (Clemson)

LHP Seth Romero (Houston)

RHP Brady Puckett (Lipscomb)

RHP Clarke Schmidt (South Carolina)

RHP Colton Eastman (Cal. St. Fullerton)

RHP Corbin Burnes (St. Mary's)

RHP J.B. Bukauskas (North Carolina)

LHP Michael Mediavilla (Miami, Fla.)

RHP Jesse Lepore (Miami, Fla.)

RHP Tyler Buffett (Oklahoma St.)

Relief Dylan Moore (Louisiana-Lafayette)

Relief Durbin Feltman (Texas Christian)

Relief Troy Montemayor (Baylor)

C Evan Skoug (Texas Christian)

C Hagen Owenby (East Tennessee St.)

C J.J. Schwarz (Florida)

1B Evan White (Kentucky)

1B Pavin Smith (Virginia)

2B Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville St.)

3B Jake Burger (Missouri St.)

SS Kramer Robertson (Louisiana St.)

OF Keston Hiura (U.C. Irvine)

OF Tyler Jones (Air Force)

OF Stuart Fairchild (Wake Forest)

UT Adam Haseley (Virginia)

 

THIRD TEAM

RHP Tanner Houck (Missouri)

RHP Jayson Rose (Utah)

RHP Tristan Beck (Stanford)

RHP Davis Martin (Texas Tech.)

RHP B.J. Butler (Ball St.)

LHP Ricky Tyler Thomas (Fresno St.)

RHP Alex Cunningham (Coastal Carolina)

RHP Brigham Hill (Texas A&M)

RHP Kade McClure (Louisville)

LHP Evan Krucznski (East Carolina)

Relief Kyle Nelson (U.C. Santa Barbara)

Relief Josh Reagan (South Carolina)

Relief Cameron Ragsdale (Florida Atlantic)

Relief Seth Elledge (Dallas Baptist)

C Deon Stafford, Jr. (St. Joseph's)

C Daulton Varsho (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

1B Joe Davis (Houston)

1B Ross Haffey (Miami, Ohio)

1B Colton Shaver (Brigham Young)

1B K.J. Harrison (Oregon St.)

2B Brett Netzer (Charlotte)

2B Trey Hair (Evansville)

2B Cullen Large (William & Mary)

3B Jeffrey Bohling (Gonzaga)

3B Elliott Barzilli (Texas Christian)

3B Colby Bortles (Mississippi)

SS Clay Fisher (U.C. Santa Barbara)

SS Dalton Guthrie (Florida)

SS John Ruiz (Miami, Fla.)

OF Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech.)

OF Jordan Glover (Delaware)

OF Brent Rooker (Mississippi St.)

OF Bryson Bowman (Western Carolina)

UT Luis Gonzalez (New Mexico)

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