Camp­bell and Cronin earn All-amer­ica hon­ors

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TUSCON, Ariz. – As the NCAA Re­gion­als en­tered their sec­ond day on Satur­day, the first set of All-amer­ica teams were re­leased this week as Col­le­giate Base­ball News­pa­per hon­ored Arkansas right-han­ders Isa­iah Camp­bell and Matt Cronin as All-amer­i­cans.

The two All-amer­ica se­lec­tions from Arkansas are the most se­lected by Col­le­giate Base­ball since 2007 when Jess Todd and Nick Sch­midt were both named sec­ond team All-amer­i­cans. Camp­bell high­lights this year’s list for the Ra­zor­backs as he was named to the sec­ond team for his first All-amer­ica se­lec­tion of his ca­reer. It’s also the first such distinc­tion for Cronin’s ca­reer as he was named as one of six re­lief pitch­ers to the third team.

With Camp­bell and Cronin’s se­lec­tion, it marks the sec­ond-straight year a Ra­zor­back pitcher has been named an All-amer­i­can as Bryant’s Blaine Knight took home con­sen­sus hon­ors from Col­le­giate Base­ball, Base­ball Amer­ica, D1base­ball.com and the Na­tional Col­le­giate Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (NCBWA). He and Cronin are the 11th and 12th non­fresh­man pitch­ers to be se­lected as All-amer­i­cans in school his­tory and 16th and 17th over­all.

Fol­low­ing the foot­steps of Knight into his red­shirt ju­nior year, Camp­bell has given Arkansas ace-like num­bers all year as the Fri­day night starter. With a team-lead­ing 2.37 ERA, Camp­bell has gar­nered a 10-1 record and struck out 100 bat­ters over 95 in­nings, which are all ca­reer-bests head­ing into the re­gional.

Camp­bell is one of only two pitch­ers in the SEC (John Dox­akis) with an ERA un­der 2.40, as well as 100 or more strike­outs and 95 or more in­nings. In 11 of his last 13 starts, Camp­bell has thrown six or more in­nings and 14 of his 15 starts have been five in­nings or more. The Golden Spikes semi­fi­nal­ist has yet to al­low more than three earned runs in an out­ing this year and hasn’t given up more than three walks in 27 con­sec­u­tive out­ings.

Cronin has fol­lowed up his record-break­ing cam­paign from a year ago, show­ing why he is con­sid­ered one of the best closers in the coun­try. With 11 saves in 22 ap­pear­ances, Cronin ranks in a tie for fourth in the SEC and 31st in the na­tion. His 26 ca­reer saves rank sec­ond on the Arkansas all-time chart, just seven be­hind ca­reer leader and for­mer three-time Al­lamer­i­can Philip Stid­ham (33 – 1989-91).

The Navarre, Florida, na­tive hasn’t al­lowed a run in five straight ap­pear­ances dat­ing back to May 3 and has worked at least an in­ning or more in 20 of his 22 ap­pear­ances this year. Cronin was also an ALL-SEC pick last week for the first time in his ca­reer as he was one of nine Ra­zor­back se­lected.

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