Four Ra­zor­backs hon­ored by D1 Base­ball, Per­fect Game

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FAYET­TEVILLE – As the start of the 2019 Col­lege World Se­ries ap­proaches, four Ra­zor­backs were rec­og­nized by D1 Base­ball and Per­fect Game on the pub­li­ca­tion’s All-amer­ica squads.

Isa­iah Camp­bell picked up sec­ond-team hon­ors from both out­lets, while Matt Cronin re­ceived third-team ac­co­lades from D1 Base­ball and was an hon­or­able men­tion se­lec­tion by Per­fect Game, bring­ing both of their All-amer­ica to­tals to five this sea­son. Ad­di­tion­ally, Jack Ken­ley earned thirdteam from D1 Base­ball and Con­nor Noland landed on Per­fect Game’s sec­ond-team fresh­man squad.

Both Camp­bell and

Cronin were named to the sec­ond team by Base­ball Amer­ica ear­lier this week af­ter Camp­bell earned sec­ond-team hon­ors and Cronin third-team hon­ors from Col­le­giate Base­ball. Camp­bell also earned sec­ond-team hon­ors from the NCBWA and Cronin was named to the third team by the same pub­li­ca­tion. Camp­bell and Cronin are the 11th and 12th non-fresh­man pitchers to be named Al­lamer­i­cans in school his­tory and 16th and 17th over­all.

Fol­low­ing the foot­steps of Blaine Knight into his red­shirt ju­nior year, Camp­bell has given Arkansas ace-like num­bers all year as the Fri­day night starter. With a team-lead­ing 2.26 ERA, Camp­bell has gar­nered a 12-1 record and struck out 115 bat­ters over 111.1 in­nings, which are all ca­reerbests head­ing into the CWS.

Camp­bell is com­ing off ar­guably his best out­ing as a Ra­zor­back, work­ing a ca­reer-long 8.1 in­nings in the NCAA Super Re­gional last week against Ole Miss, strik­ing out seven. Camp­bell has a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 in­nings of the NCAA Tour­na­ment this year and has pitched eight or more in­nings in each of his two starts.

Camp­bell, an Olathe, Kansas, na­tive, was named a Golden Spikes Semi­fi­nal­ist last month, the first since An­drew Ben­in­tendi in 2015, and is just two wins away from ty­ing the sin­gle-sea­son school record of 14 wins set

by Blaine Knight (Bryant) a year ago. Camp­bell was drafted No. 76 over­all to the Seat­tle Mariners in the 2019 MLB Draft, join­ing team­mate Do­minic Fletcher, who was taken one pick prior, as the first Ra­zor­backs to be taken on the first day of the draft since Ben­in­tendi went sev­enth over­all to Bos­ton in 2015.

Cronin has fol­lowed up

his record-breaking cam­paign from a year ago and has con­tin­ued to show why he is con­sid­ered one of the best closers in the coun­try. With 12 saves in 24 ap­pear­ances, Cronin ranks in a tie for sec­ond in the SEC and 22nd in the na­tion. His 27 ca­reer saves rank sec­ond on the Arkansas all-time chart, just seven be­hind ca­reer leader and former three­time All-amer­i­can Philip Stid­ham (33 – 1989-91).

Cronin hasn’t given up a run in seven straight ap­pear­ances (8.0 in­nings) dat­ing back to May 3 and two of those out­ings were more than one in­ning, re­sult­ing in two of his last three saves. Cronin was also an ALL-SEC pick for the first time in his ca­reer as he was one of nine Ra­zor­back se­lected and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft to the Washington Na­tion­als.

It’s the first All-amer­ica awards for Ken­ley and Noland, mak­ing it back-to­back years Arkansas has had an in­fielder re­ceive the honor and three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons pick­ing up a fresh­man All-amer­i­can se­lec­tion.

Ken­ley is bat­ting .319 head­ing into the CWS, rack­ing up 73 hits, 27 for ex­tra bases, with 53 RBIS and 55 runs scored. He rides into Omaha with a hit in 28 of his last 31 games, in­clud­ing five multi-hit per­for­mances in his last 12 starts. In six games this post­sea­son, Ken­ley is hit­ting .400 with eight hits, two dou­bles and a homer, with five RBIS and five runs. Over­all, he has 23 multi-hit games and 14 multi-rbi per­for­mances this year, which ranks third on the team in both cat­e­gories. Ken­ley was se­lected in the eighth round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers.

Noland has put to­gether a 3-5 record this sea­son with a 4.00 ERA in 18 starts and 19 ap­pear­ances on the mound. He’s rung up 53 bat­ters al­lowed 33 earned runs over 74.1 in­nings of work. In the NCAA Fayet­teville Re­gional, Noland tossed

5.1 frames against Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State, al­low­ing just two runs, one earned,

on two hits, with two strike­outs in the 11-5 open­inground vic­tory. It was the sixth time he pitched 5.0 or more in­nings, with a sea­son-high 7.2 score­less com­ing against Mis­sis­sippi State on April 20 fel­low SEC and CWS squad Mis­sis­sippi State.

Arkansas (46-18) will play its first game of the 2019 Col­lege World Se­ries tonight against Florida State (41-27) with first pitch from TD Amer­i­trade Park at 6 p.m. The game will be tele­vised on ESPN.

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